I adored this book. When Layla comes to town to write a history she ends up staying at the Romeyns boarding house and unknowingly exposes the buried secrets of their pasts. Young Wila has questions of her own about her family and Layla’s research raises even more questions for Wila, but in the end all is answered and the world of the Romeyns will never be the same. Wila’s father Felix is always away for work and secretive about his work, but her Aunt Jottie is warm and wonderful and Wila wonders why she isn’t married. Wila herself is inquisitive and thoughtful beyond her years and as our narrator she gives us a warm witty perspective that only a young and trusting girl could. I didn’t want to put this book down but I was disappointed when it ended and I had to leave the characters behind.