Fall, where are you? I get teasers of cooler weather, but you haven't arrived yet.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
On the beautiful island of Nantucket, salt and roses scent the air, waves sparkle over hidden currents, and a storm-tossed soul seeks safe harbor.
When Samantha Owen's estranged stepfather dies, she inherits his cottage in Nantucket--a place she left years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Sam can't afford to pass up on a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the house and sell it...never suspecting that Landon Reed still lives two doors down. As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart...or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?
Denise Hunter weaves a heart-tugging tale of shattered trust and enduring love...all in a romantic seaside setting.
At the end of A Cowboy's Touch, there was an excerpt from Surrender Bay and it sounded good, so I checked my library and found it. I liked it, but I don't think it quite lived up to the compelling first chapter I read.
Sam left Nantucket under difficult circumstances and finds that returning to her hometown isn't easy after 11 years away. Her childhood best friend and first, unrequited love, still lives in Nantucket and he still loves Sam. She's a woman of secrets that we know will finally come out. The question is when and what will happen when they do.
The story is somewhat compelling, but predictable. My problem is that I never really liked Sam. She annoyed me. Oh sure, I know that her childhood was horrible and that her secrets are deep, but even allowing for that, she wasn't overly likeable. Her issues naturally affected her daughter Caden, who wasn't very likeable either. None of the characters is particularly well developed. The story is light on the Christian. I never really felt like anyone was particularly religious or close to God, nor did they try to be.
Fans of Denise Hunter will most likely enjoy the story and those who want a nice, easy diversion will too. I love the setting of Nantucket and it's a place I've always wanted to visit.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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