Rose Baldwin had been faithful, honest, loving, and patient when her husband, Harry, kept putting off having children. Three years later, there Harry sits at the annual Sweet Water Sweethearts’ Banquet with his new wife, happy, smug, and with three stepchildren and a baby to dote over. Rose, on the other hand, their server for the evening, is still devastatingly alone. Derek is back in his hometown of Sweet Water, North Dakota, taking over the family farm from his grandparents. When Derek and Rose reunite, after many years and a world of pain, they easily fall into the lie that they are an item. Only neither one of them are good liars, and their hearts are deeply wounded. Surely, the straw house they’ve built could never survive the wild North Dakota wind. Or could it?
After fifteen years of her husband never having time for her, Lindy Coats moves with her teenaged daughter to their summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan outside the town of Blueberry Beach.
She doesn’t want a divorce, she just wants…something. Something more than being a single mom yet doing a man’s laundry.
With a lonely single dad on one side of her, a crochety old business owner on the other and a young mother with terrible secrets and a son fighting leukemia across the road, it doesn’t take Lindy long to discover that learning to enjoy life is less about what she chooses to do for herself and more about what she chooses to do for others.
As she sinks into the small town atmosphere, healing her soul and excited at a new business opportunity, her ex shows up, wanting to reconcile.
Can she decide between her bright tomorrow or come to see the values of yesterday’s treasures?