“Jamie Brenner's new book, Drawing Home is the perfect beach read. It takes place in picturesque Sag Harbor. Emma loves her job. She is the front desk clerk at a very small, charming inn. She is a single mother with a precocious preteen daughter, Penny. A famous artist, Henry Wyatt lives in town frequents the small bar in the inn on a daily basis. Henry sits on the same bar stool and sketches on cocktail napkins as he enjoys his drink. He and Penny develop a sweet friendship and encourages her artistic talents. One day Henry drops dead while sketching. Days later Penny's Mom, Emma is contacted by Henry's lawyer. In his will, he leaves his gorgeous waterfront mansion to Penny. Henry's partner, Bea shows up and makes the claim that Henry told her that he was leaving it to her. Next thing we know, Penny's biological father shows up wanting custody of his daughter because he is eager to get his hands on the house. Let the games begin... The story moves quickly and the characters are well-developed. Five stars for the narration.”Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys
An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever: discover "the gold standard of summertime escapism" from USA Today bestselling author Jamie Brenner (Elin Hilderbrand).
Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, dies suddenly, Emma learns he has mysteriously left his waterfront home - a self-designed masterpiece filled with his work - to her teenage daughter, Penny.
Back in Manhattan, legendary art patron Bea Winstead's grief at her lifelong friend and former business partner Henry's passing turns to outrage at the news of his shocking bequest. How did these unknown locals get their hands on the estate? Bea, with her devoted assistant Kyle in tow, descends on Sag Harbor determined to reclaim the house and preserve Henry's legacy.
While Emma fights to defend her daughter's inheritance, Bea discovers that Henry left a treasure trove of sketches scattered around town. With Penny's reluctant help, Bea pieces them together to find a story hidden in plain sight: an illustration of their shared history with an unexpected twist that will change all of their lives.
Drawn together in their battle for the house, Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past while facing a future that challenges everything they believe about love, fate, and family.