About the Book:
Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town, he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes.
Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks's house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer.
When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.
It is amazing the people who happen onto the small town of Thunder Point and choose to make it home. While much of the book requires a certain willingness to believe the sometimes unbelievable, once you get past that, the characters who carry the story are endearing. We met Lin Su and Charlie in the last book and realized they were going to be more than just the hired help. In this book we learn their history and about the problems in their current life. While I have a hard time seeing a registered nurse (which is what Lin Su is supposed to be) living in the poverty she does; I do know that home health care is not an easy field for most of the caregivers. This book also takes a look at the challenges of parenting a medically fragile teen as well as the reality of the decline that comes with ALS.
The book is clearly part of a series and those from past books make appearances here, or get mentioned though not to excess.
If you've enjoyed the other books in this series, or are looking for contemporary character-driven romance, I think you'll like this one. Grade: B.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.