The Pecan Trees
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Jayne Webber hasn’t been back to Texas for fifteen years, but the sudden passing of her father catapults her back into small-town life. It’s her responsibility to wrap up his estate and century-old family furniture business, all while trying to come to terms with guilt over her father’s death.
Upon her arrival, she’s met by many, including Luke, a man she knew as a boy before her family split up. Luke was mentored by her father and much more than helpful than her fiancé, showing her the in’s and out’s of the small-town along with who she can trust. Since Luke spent more time with her father than she did, he has all the stories a daughter would want to hear and she’s happy to soak it all in.
Everything seems the same as when she left: the locals, the town, and the friends she had. Including Billy, a friend from her childhood who’s always around and knows everything about her family’s history. The thing is, Billy has been dead for forty-five years.
At first, she thinks he is cast by her imagination from the grief of her father’s death, but when other people admit to having seen him before too, she’s convinced he’s really there. Imagination or not, Billy is a world of help to understanding her father and family she didn’t know.
A big-time, charismatic land developer starts pushing Jayne to sell the land and family business, and she’s forced to make a difficult decision. He has a compelling offer, but his patience is thin and his tactics are unconventional. He says he has good intentions, but she can’t be certain, and the wrong decision could jeopardize more than just her family.
She has two options: forget everything about the lovely little town and beautiful family land and go back to her tidy life in North Carolina, or stay and dive into a completely new life in Texas, leaving her fiancé behind. She needs to decide fast, because the developer is getting more aggressive, and her fiancé won’t wait around for much longer.
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