Patrick MacRae had a habit of pigeonholing people, and his four daughters were no exception. Rose was the smart one; Lily, the beauty; Violet, the sweet one; and Daisy was his athlete. Now two years after his death, the four sisters are still trying to work themselves out of the boxes he put them in.
Rose hated being compared to her sisters, so she couldn’t get away from her small town of New Layne, Texas, fast enough. Now living in New York, on the verge of having everything she’s ever dreamed of, her mother calls insisting that she come home. It isn’t that Rose doesn’t love her family, but she doesn’t want to go back to the place where she always felt like the ‘ugly duckling’ and where memories of her dad would be everywhere.
However, when Rose learns that her much-anticipated romantic weekend is cancelled, and Charles isn’t going to propose as planned, she decides that a short trip to Texas may be just ‘the ticket’. It will give her time to relax and regroup and maybe it will give Charles time to rethink their relationship.
Rose arrives home to discover that there have been a lot of changes. Some guy named Lucas has moved in with her mother, and the family business is in shambles. Rose isn’t sure who to blame as her mother is in the hospital with amnesia and wants nothing to do with the business. As the eldest daughter, it’s up to Rose to guide the family through the storm.
– Rose MacRae, the eldest of the MacRae sisters, was never known for her looks. Dubbed by her father as the brain of the family, Rose worked hard to live up to his expectations. Ambitious to a fault, Rose goes through life looking at everything as a competition where winning is the only acceptable outcome. – Lily MacRae, the second of the MacRae sisters is the beauty. Patrick insisted that Lily leave New Layne to pursue a modeling career. With her unusual beauty her career took off, but Lily wants to prove that she is more than just a pretty face. – Violet MacRae is the sweet one. She’s the sister who is quick to offer support and understanding when needed. While Rose has the obvious strength, Violet may very well be the glue that holds the family together. – Daisy MacRae, the baby of the family, has always been the rebel, the irresponsible one, the firecracker. All through their childhood the older three sisters followed the rules, but Daisy preferred to make up her own. But the time has come when Daisy needs to prove to both her sisters and to herself that she has finally grown up. – Maggie Harris was 22, engaged to be married, and optimistic about her future. Then she comes out of a coma to discover that 30 years have passed, and she doesn’t remember any of it. As she learns about her ‘new’ life as Margaret MacRae, Maggie finds that it looks nothing like the life she had planned and she wants to know what happened to make her change so much. – Lucas Steiner’s life was a mess when he met Maggie. She was lonely and he was angry. Maggie offers Lucas the use of the garden house while he gets his life together. Lucas learns a lot about the MacRae sisters through his friendship with Maggie, and it isn’t all good. He feels that Rose has turned her back on her mother, and he plans to tell the oldest MacRae daughter exactly what he thinks of her selfishness.
In the process of rebuilding the family business and helping Maggie regain her memories, the MacRae women discover that, when all is said and done, they are family and each is a vital part of the legacy of Patrick’s Garden.