About the Book
When Emily’s fiancé walks out on her while she’s still grieving the loss of her family in a terrible accident, she escapes back to Hope Haven on the remote Dune Island, where her family vacationed every summer. Emily hopes that fixing up the house will also mend her broken heart, but the cottage holds more than just bittersweet childhood memories. Emptying her father’s antique writing desk, Emily finds a letter that reveals a devastating secret about her parents.
With a head full of questions that can never be answered, it seems like returning to the island was the worst decision Emily ever made… until she meets Lucas Socorro, saltwater dripping from his dark curls after a surf session. As they take long walks on the soft sand, and talk late into the firefly-lit night, Emily wonders if Dr Luke—as the kids in the hospital call him—could be the one to help her heal. With Luke holding her hand, delving into her family’s painful past is a little easier.
Painting the gloomy cottage walls the color of seashells, and revamping her grandmother’s flea-market furniture, Emily starts to feel she might call Dune Island home for good—and that she could build that home right here with Luke. But when Emily’s family secret spreads through a network of local gossips, her fragile heart breaks all over again. Luke is the only one who could have started the rumors. Was she wrong to trust him so easily?
As the sun sets behind the dunes, Emily has a difficult decision to make. Does she pack her bags and leave the island for good? Or take a risk that Hope Haven has everything she’s been looking for?
With a cover like that I'm sure you'd expect a feel-good beach read, and that's what you would get. Of four main characters, three have suffered recent losses and are trying to heal and move on with life. Emily is dealing with two losses and
A family secret is part of the story, but frankly, I guessed it as soon as it was introduced. It took a while for the characters to all learn it and I enjoyed watching them put the pieces together.
The villains in the story are nice and easy to hate without ever getting too threatening. One does throw a real monkey wrench into Emily's new relationship and shows her the need for forgiveness and mercy.
This is a clean romance that doesn't move beyond kissing.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B