Things We Once Held Dear by Ann Tatlock

Mary and Neil are cousins: sort of, by adoption. They were once, possibly, in love. Neil has returned to Mason, Ohio where he is related to just about everybody, for a summer. He is helping an Aunt turn an oyster of a house into a bed and breakfast.

Mary is married and sad. Neil is her door to the past, and she walks right through it. But even the past changes…..