Lottie Braun is a world-class pianist with a celebrated career and an empty personal life. Why does she guard her privacy with such vigilance? And what kind of tragedy has separated her from her sister for forty years? One sleepless night Lottie lets herself remember. From her happy Iowa childhood, to Chicago, New York and beyond, Lottie journeys through her life to the moment it changes forever. But Lottie finds that memories, once allowed, are difficult to suppress. Can she make peace with the past? And will she ever find her way home?
After forty years as a world class musician, Lottie has come home to Iowa, where a lovely old house and a new job await. Grateful for this fresh start, she sets out to show the town of Collison that there’s an approachable side to The Great Lottie Braun.
Nobody thinks she’ll stay: Not the surly young neighbor whose garage band plays late into the night. Not the stoic contractor who agrees to build Lottie a music room. Certainly not Lottie’s angry niece, who refuses to move her belongings out of the house.
Lottie is determined to prove them all wrong—and then the trouble starts. At first she shrugs off the incidents as random petty crimes, but as they increase in intensity, she must face the fact that someone wants to hurt her.
Lottie has come a long way since she first returned to Iowa. For the first time in years she is at peace. When a performance offer comes from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, she accepts and decides to look up some of the performers from the old Neverland Orchestra as well.
But the great Lottie Braun never plays L.A.
Sam Harms likes his friend Lottie, but he doesn’t approve of her going to Los Angeles. And it’s a terrible idea to dig up the guys from the Neverland. None of them were the knights in shining armor of her memory.
Lottie proceeds with her plans. But as the concert nears, life takes a turn that sinks her confidence and threatens to end her career. As she faces the loss of her one great gift, Lottie must find a new and more lasting source of confidence.