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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Ethan Willis, a restorer of old homes and a perfectionist, takes pride in his work, but his latest job on the old Carter Mansion is beginning to be a big headache. CeCe Carter seldom agrees with him. His life has not been the same since the murder of his wife many years ago. Now, Chase, his son, is a teenager and feels that his father blames him for his mother’s death.
Cameron Dane, newspaper reporter for the town paper, does a story on Ethan and the restoration of the Carter Mansion. They are attracted to each other, but Cameron has to forgive herself for something that has happened when she was a young child. Chase also needs to be forgiven by his dad, Ethan, before he can move ahead.
The Renovation is a great inspirational story. The comparisons of restoring a house and restoring a life became intertwined. The quotes about forgiveness throughout the book give it a depth that makes us realize that without forgiveness there is emptiness in life.