Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart
Behind the varnish of the painting Katie's father is restoring lies one man's vision of regret; alone, working late into the night, her father finds the figments of the painting, reading them through the shadows. In a beautiful garden, another man has hired a crew of diggers to chip through the rock hard earth, excavating a long ago story that Katie, one of the group working in the hot summer sun to make the hole deeper, doesn't yet know. And Katie is looking to the past herself, to the days when she had a mother who made each day a more beautiful thing.
This book was one of those books that are hard to get into. It moved really fast in some parts. Over all it was OK. It was a really slow mystery story. I also felt that some of the things didn't quite get concluded up in the end. I also found while I was reading this I kept getting distracted. It was an easy read, though.