After winning the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest, Alexis Strong Caldwell is heading to Key West to finish her manuscript in Ernest Hemingway's studio. Alexis hopes she will find a creative vibe in the room where Hemingway produced some of his most famous work during the 1930s. Her father, Arthur, persuades Alexis to allow her sister to accompany her to Florida, hoping the experience will help the siblings resolve their differences. Instead her sister, Charlotte, entangles Alexis in adventures that disconnect rather than unify their fragile relationship. Meanwhile, Alexis's husband, Marcus and his brother discover their recently inherited mine is located in an area that is rich in rare-earth elements desperately needed in the manufacturing of high-tech products. Unable to finance the mining project themselves, the brothers are ill prepared when they become involved in the world of smooth-talking investors and a criminal element that threatens their marriages, their mother's security, and even their lives.
The story line of The Girl in Hemingway's Studio weaves real life events, prominent people, and special places with the book's characters in a story of suspense, romance, and family loyalty. The reader will discover how a famous woman influences Arthur when he is a young man, the secret that Charlotte's latest love has carefully concealed until he explodes with violence, and how the lack of honesty and undisclosed information bring upheaval to the marriage of Alexis and Marcus. Incredibly, when Hurricane Irma threatens the existence of Key West, Alexis' friend, a Bohemian artist, reluctantly joins a group of volunteers to try and save the Hemingway House from destruction.