That's basically what this book is about, a middle aged man finding his way back to happiness after a divorce. My mom and aunt recommended this book to me. She made it sound a lot better though than what I thought it was. Sure the story is kind of sweet and all, but I couldn't get in touch with the characters as much as I would like to. Maybe if the story didn't jump from Charlie to Sarah I would be more interested. Sarah's story is interesting enough, I would just like to skip Charles all together and find out more about her. But that's just my opinion. If you're looking for something fun and quick to read, by all means it's a good book. It just didn't do it for me.
The story starts off with Charles Waterston, who is going through a divorce, he is heartbroken, his wife left him for another man, and he just can't stop thinking about her and how his life just got screwed up.I actually liked this part of the book, it hit close to home. But he was getting so whiny and kept repeating the same thing over and over. If that's not enough, his firm transfers him to New York, but that is too much for him to handle. He takes leave of absence and goes skiing in Vermont for Christmas. One he arrives in the snowy town he needs a place to stay and that's when we meet a sweet elderly woman, who immediately falls in love with Charlie. (And I don't mean in love in love). They just become really close, and through her Charlie learns about Sarah Ferguson, a woman who died there two centuries before. Charles is mesmerized by this woman and her story, and to add to his luck he finds a set of diaries that she kept. By learning about Sarah and what she went through, he can finally let go of the past, and live toward the future.