A tragic literary love story comes to life in the most unexpected way for a woman haunted by her past mistakes.
Trust is in short supply for Kate Spivey when she is sentenced to spend the summer before her senior year of college under the watchful eye of her aunt at the remote, but famous Willoughby Inn. Kate’s mission is to prove that she has learned from her mistakes.
Almost immediately, Kate is drawn to someone else who understands the unfairness of being judged by actions of the past. Reed Black has his own regrets, but, instead of trying to change the town’s perception of him, he embraced it.
When Reed offers to give Kate a crash course in the romanticized history and insight behind the novel that put the Willoughby Inn on the map, Kate is unable can’t resist playing along, even though she knows that just like the plot of the Willoughby Inn story, anything more than friendship with Reed is strictly off-limits.