About the Book:
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she's still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner's suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn's cheerful veneer.
Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.
To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It'll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
Have you ever just wanted to go home? To just go back where you know life is good, to where you were happy? Well, Michelle in this book wishes she could do that, but realizes in more ways than one that she can't--her mom is dead, there was a reason she left in the first place, and all is not well with the inn. Michelle herself is suffering from physical and psychological ills as a result of her military service. Getting "home" and finding that things have changed, and not for the better, is just one more thing to overcome.
Carly has been at the inn since Michelle left and had been under the impression that she would end up owning part of it. After Michelle's mom died, she learned that the inn had belonged to Michelle all along.
As these two women, who used to be best friends, are more or less forced to work together, they learn to deal with their pasts and work toward the future they want. Of course that future includes guys for both girls.
I enjoyed the story. Though the romances were not major parts of the story,I was disappointed there was not more development of relationships shown. In both cases, I didn't really think I knew why these people liked each other. Both couples end up in bed before marriage and while the language is more flowery than descriptive, we are in the room with them when it happens.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.