Heirloomby Nancy Wakeley
"In Heirloom, debut novelist Nancy Wakeley writes with a nuanced perspective on grief, death, and a cathartic journey to a transformative rebirth. Wakeley’s eye for detail leaves no corner of the fictional North Carolina town of Eden Springs unexplored. It’s a place you’ll want to keep coming back to, and Kate Tyler is a character of depth and passion you’ll want to spend some time with."
—Scott Gates, author of Hard Road South
"Nancy Wakeley weaves a beautiful tapestry in and around grieving Kate Tyler, who inherits a rundown country estate. Integrating a colorful cast of characters, Wakeley ties them together with threads of loss and loneliness and contrasting hues of hope, redemption, and love. Readers will enjoy the transformation. Wakeley’s story, Heirloom, is a lovely work of art."
—Nancy Panko, author of the award-winning Guiding Missal
“Heirloom, the debut novel by Nancy Wakeley, will touch your heartstrings as you turn the pages, from beginning to end. I highly recommend Heirloom. As you delve into the pages, rich with description, you will find real human emotions, family dynamics mingled with mystery and intrigue, and a journey of discovery."
—Mary Cushnie-Mansour, award-winning author of Night's Vampire Series
Healing secrets and the battle for survival in Eden Springs.
Kate Tyler is already in a life crisis when she inherits Howard’s Walk in Eden Springs, North Carolina, after the sudden death of her twin sister, Rebecca. The last thing she wants is to be tied down to an abandoned estate and its neglected, once-famous gardens. She vows to sell it as quickly as possible. When Kate visits Howard’s Walk, she finds a family heirloom, an embroidered tablecloth, that Rebecca has left behind, and that connection, and the deepening sense of loss she is feeling, convince her to stay—at least until she is able to decide her future. As Kate struggles alone in her grief, healing appears in the form of new friends and neighbors. When secrets begin to surface within the old house, Kate questions the connection she feels with a mentally challenged young man from the farm next door. When she meets the owner of a local garden center, she begins to open her heart again to the possibility of love. Kate learns that a powerful and vengeful man who was denied ownership of Howard’s Walk in the past is determined to finally own it at any cost. She must decide what Howard’s Walk means to her and whether she has the strength and desire to battle for its survival as well as her own.
Nancy Wakeley grew up in the New York State Finger Lakes region and now resides in Apex, North Carolina, with her husband. She completed her degree in health information management from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and spent her career in the health information management and clinical research fields until the writing muse dictated retirement from Duke Clinical Research Institute. She belongs to the North Carolina Writers' Network and the Holly Springs Writers Guild and gives back to her community through volunteerism. She embraces all things fashioned out of musical notes and words as the ultimate reflection of life’s exquisite journey. is her debut novel, drawing on personal experiences to express the journey through grief and healing. You can connect with her on Facebook at Nancy Wakeley and Author Nancy Wakeley, Instagram @nancywakeley2, Twitter @nancywakeley and www.nancywakeley.com.