Cilla McGowan - granddaughter of movie goddess Janet Hardy - has fled the cut-throat world of Hollywood for the peace and quiet of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Cilla restores houses for a living and has always dreamed of returning her grandmother's country retreat to its former glory. But a tragedy haunts the old farmhouse, and Cilla's restoration project is stirring up old scandals along with the dust and cobwebs.
As Cilla begins to dig deeper into her grandmother's mysterious death thirty years ago, events take a darker turn. Someone in town is determined to keep the truth buried - at any cost. Cilla's new neighbour Ford Sawyer wants to help - but Ford is exactly the kind of man Cilla is running from . . .
Roberts sets her underwhelming latest in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, where former child star Cilla McGowan rehabs her famous grandmother's long-neglected farm. Cilla's movie-star grandmother, the Marilyn Monroe "like Janet Hardy, who died mysteriously on the farm at age 39, haunts Cilla as she transforms the former hideaway of the rich and famous into habitable living space and tries to resolve whether Janet committed suicide or was murdered. While cleaning out the attic, Cilla unearths a collection of unsigned love letters to Janet from a local suitor, which adds spice to the puzzle of Janet's death. Meanwhile, Cilla's hunky graphic novelist neighbor, Ford Sawyer, provides the requisite sizzle and encourages Cilla to follow her dream of becoming a top-notch building contractor "much to the dismay of Cilla's headline-hungry diva mother. Amid the demolition and sheet rocking, Cilla comes up against a disgruntled local, and a series of unnerving threats and occurrences (vandalism, torched Cilla dolls) almost unhinges Cilla. The terror tactics (and the revelation of who is behind them) are half-baked and distract from what's ostensibly a girl meets boy, boy wants girl, girl finally wants boy story.