Beebe Walker’s life changes when she learns about a secret buried in her father’s cemetery. The secret revolves around the burial of a homeless woman and, eventually, draws her home to Larkspur, Michigan, to renew a relationship with her father Cliff.
Months earlier, Cliff stood back from that sparsely attended funeral, unaware the woman’s passing made him a widower. Cliff, devoted caretaker of the cemetery, doesn’t know he’s tending to his wife’s grave. Beebe must find a way to tell her father that the homeless woman was misidentified. In reality, she was the wife and mother who abandoned them decades before.
Oddly enough, the first person Beebe meets upon her return is a young man who’s new in town. Yates Strand is also chasing the secret behind the homeless woman. He has another story to tell.
"Proper Goodbye needs to be on all the lists of bests."
~~Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review (5 stars)
“Chappell notes from the very beginning that Proper Goodbye’s theme is ‘reflecting on one’s dreams and memories.’ She holds true to her theme. Time and again her characters are invaded by memories brought on unexpectedly by a sight or sound.”
~~Readers’ Favorites (5 stars)
The charms included on the cover are forget-me-nots, which is also the title of the first chapter.
The library described in Proper Goodbye is patterned after Warder Public Library, a landmark in my hometown, Springfield, Ohio. The structure is an example of the Richardsonian-Romanesque style of architecture. Warder Public Library was completed in 1890 and presented to the city of Springfield as a gift from wealthy industrialist and philanthropist, Benjamin H. Warder.
Warder dedicated the building to the memory of his parents. A memorial plaque on the building reads:
"This library has been erected in memory of Jeremiah and Ann A. Warder by their son Benjamin Head Warder. It is given to the people of Springfield for their free enjoyment and is left in their charge forever. Dedicated June 12th, 1890."
Warder Public Library served as the Clark County library system’s main branch from 1890 until 1989, when the new library opened.
Today, Springfield elders still hold possession of this fabulous building and are entrusted to preserve it as a location dedicated to reading. Springfield’s citizens have free use of it, just as Benjamin Warder intended.