Intent on escaping the far-off echoes of war, plus the heat and humidity of a Minnesota summer, Celia tags along with college friends to a tranquil lake resort. She quickly realizes that one glorious month at Whispering Pines—filled with sun-splashed days and crackling bonfires under starry night skies—will never be enough.
Something about the resort pulls at Celia. Heartaches back home fade away. Here, she can be herself, even if she doesn't quite fit in. Her friends hint at dreams of exciting careers, but their focus is on nabbing the perfect husband. Not Celia. Her own father left them destitute, and she's vowed to never follow in her mother's footsteps.
But Celia can feel her steely resolve soften as she twirls across a crowded dance floor in the arms of a man she barely knows. Their whispered conversations last until pink washes a pre-dawn sky, causing Celia to reexamine everything. She's intrigued—tempted, even. But when catastrophe shatters the serenity she's found at Whispering Pines, she'll face an agonizing decision.
Travel back to 1942 as Kimberly Diede introduces you to a loyal, ambitious young Celia in this fifth book in her heartwarming series, Celia's Gifts. Immerse yourself in the loves and losses Celia experiences at Whispering Pines. Will unthinkable loss destroy her, or will she emerge stronger than ever?
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About the Author
Kimberly Diede writes stories that weave together family, hope, and romance. She writes family sagas, suspense, and women’s fiction that you’ll find hard to put down. She truly believes we are never too old for second chances at love and life.
Kimberly has always lived in the Midwest and enjoys spending the short summer months on the lakeshores of Minnesota and North Dakota. Nothing is better than time with family at the cabin. Her love of tradition and all things vintage comes through in her stories.
In a world too often filled with sadness and tragedy, her mission is to offer stories of optimism and hope. If she can keep you reading past your bedtime, she has accomplished what she set out to do. As a life-long reader, she loves to get lost in the pages of a great book and strives to give you the same experience.