Traces by Betty Bolté
Meredith Reed, a forty-year-old architect turned demolition expert, desperately searches for the means to bury her grief. When she inherits her family’s historic plantation home in Tennessee, she decides to start anew by razing the antebellum house and replacing it with a memorial garden. A plan met with outrage from her family and her grandmother's estate lawyer.
James Maximillian “Max” Chandler needs two things to complete his life plan: become a senior partner and find his soul mate. He's been promised a promotion once his proposed legislation to protect all of the county’s historic properties is approved. The wife part he finds more challenging, having never met the right woman in all of his forty-six years. If only the talented and attractive Meredith weren’t so aloof toward him and didn’t want to destroy the very property he’s grown to cherish.
Meanwhile, Meredith's estranged sister moves in and refuses to leave. The memories of their childhood spent there causes turmoil between them. And while Meredith struggles to reconcile her past and her future, she learns a lesson from the spectral Lady in Blue that may save both her family and the family home from destruction.
I enjoyed this story, it's labeled a Romantic Women's Fiction but I think it also has a historical romance feel (which I love) Meredith the main character inherits her grandmothers plantation and throughout the book we learn about Meredith's past and memories of childhood and grief she lives with, I liked her character I just didn't love her all the time, I get why she's uptight and put-off ish but I wanted a little more warmth from her too. Max is a sexy, no nonsense kind of guy who wants his promotion which he will get after the house is approved through the county as historical site but also wants to do what's right, he also wants Meredith but they don't always see eye to eye. As the story progresses we learn some creepy things about the house, mysterious happenings with Meredith and her sister, whose taken up residence and refuses to leave the plantation. Very intriguing story in parts, the Lady in Blue, very mysterious. Over all I enjoyed the story, I just wish there was a little more hmm not sure what but something felt missing to me but I thought the story was creative, the characters interesting and the story gripping in parts, romantic too. 3.5 to 4 stars
Betty Bolté writes both historical and contemporary stories that feature strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. Traces is a contemporary romantic women’s fiction novel set in a haunted plantation home in Tennessee, scheduled for release on April 28, 2014. Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure (2012) is a collection of short historical fiction based on the real-life achievements of 19 American girls in the 19th century, each with a landmark in the United States of America. The first edition won Honorable Mention in the 2003 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards and 2000 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. She’s the author of several nonfiction books and currently marketing a romantic historical fiction trilogy.
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