Drawing Hope

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Spring is in full bloom in the picturesque town of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina. The co-owners of the Magnolia Harbor Inn—sisters Grace Porter and Charlotte Wylde—strive to give their new guests a respite from their worries.

Artist Hope Stewart stays at the bed-and-breakfast to heal from a recent tragedy and rediscover her passion to paint. When she forms an unlikely friendship, her battered heart begins to mend. Now Hope must take the first step into her uncertain future. Will she discover the strength to pick up the pieces and try again?

After sixteen-year-old Brie Johnson gets suspended from school, her parents plan a trip to the inn to discuss the issue and reconnect as a family. But when they arrive, tensions escalate, and the rift between them grows. Brie must find the courage to confide in her parents before it’s too late. 

Steve and Abby Cramer spend their honeymoon at the bed-and-breakfast, but their suspicious actions make the innkeepers wonder what the young couple is hiding. As surprising secrets are revealed, Steve and Abby are forced to confront the past and make amends. 

Innkeepers Grace and Charlotte graciously offer advice and support to their guests. While the sisters share laughter and tears with their new friends, they pray that a stay at the inn will help soothe the hurting souls.

The Characters

A Southern woman through and through, hospitality runs deep in Grace's veins. When the grand antebellum mansion in her hometown of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, was up for auction seven and a half years ago, Grace (now age 47) knew purchasing the estate with her sister, Charlotte, and remodeling it to become the Magnolia Harbor Inn was her new calling.

While she'd enjoyed many years of success working in the corporate world, the long hours and constant hustle of life in Charleston had taken its toll. Plus, it had been no small feat raising her son, Jake, on her own after a tragic accident took the life of her beloved husband when Grace was just 26 years old.

Now that Jake was grown and making a life of his own, Grace was happy to trade in the traffic jams for relaxing strolls along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Haven. Maybe she'd even wander down the lane to visit her handsome new neighbor, Spencer Lewis, who recently bought Blossom Hill Farm. A friendly gesture that Grace knew her aunt Winnie would surely approve of, but not before checking to make sure each guest at the inn has everything they need.

With an incredible knack for knowing what others need, often before they do, Winnie's intuitive nature, gentle spirit and worlds of wisdom are appreciated not only by her nieces, Grace and Charlotte, but by the guests who come to stay at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. At 69 years old, Winnie lives a fun, fulfilling and active life. She enjoys taking daily walks over to the inn, which is less than a mile away from the home she shares with her husband, Gus, and meeting up with The Busy Bees Quilting group to handcraft beautiful blankets, table runners, wall hangings and more.

Thirteen years younger than Grace, Charlotte is a smart, savvy and sensational chef who loves mixing up homemade dishes for the guests at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. In fact, purchasing the inn with her sister was just the step Charlotte needed to get out of Charleston's cutthroat restaurant business and into running the inn's kitchen as she sees fit. When she's not piping ganache onto her freshly baked pastries, Charlotte is penning recipes for her next cookbook--she already has three that made the best-seller list!