CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To explore the effects of World War II and the Great Depression.
FACTS: A family home becomes a boarding house as a couple tries to save their home. Their assorted guests are all fleeing something. A young couple runs from their failed farm, professors flee their closing university, a widow escapes the pain of losing her young husband, and a veteran flees the horrors of war. Can they find what they were searching? Can the home be saved? Can a local treasure legend be solved? This is a sweet story of healing and redemption.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. A very pleasant read.