Abby Bardi

The Secret Letters

the book of fred

Inspiration has struck Julie – all it took was her mother's secret.

When thirty-seven-year-old slacker-chef Julie Barlow’s mother dies, her older sister Pam finds a cache of old letters from someone who appears to be their mother’s former lover. The date stamped on the letters combined with a difficult relationship with her father lead Julie to conclude that the letters’ author was a Native American man named J. Fallingwater who must have been her real father. Inspired by her new identity, Julie uses her small inheritance to make her dream come true: she opens a restaurant called Falling Water that is an immediate success, and life seems to be looking up. Her sister Norma is pressuring everyone to sell their mother’s house, and her brother Ricky is a loveable drunk who has yet to learn responsibility, but the family seems to be turning a corner. But when tragedy strikes, Julie and her siblings have to stick together more than ever before. In the process, Julie solves the mystery of J. Fallingwater’s identity and finds out what love and family really mean.