Published by MIRA on Mar 27, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback from Publisher
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I went into this book thinking it was a contemporary romance. It’s not. At all. Shows how well I read the summary. What I got was a very moving story about love, family, and healing.
The focus of the story is on the characters: mainly Carly and Michelle. They have a long and complicated history that is revealed to the reader in pieces. It is fully revealed by the end, and is believable. It’s sad and tragic, but has a very real feel to it. No family, or serious friendship, is simple, and what Carly and Michelle had and have is very much proof of that.
While each of the women was unique, both characters were very believable. I loved Carly right away. She’s open and loves the hotel and her daughter very much. She’s outgoing and fights for what she wants and needs. Michelle took a bit more to like as she is quite damaged in the beginning. She’s prickly and ornery and has a huge chip on her shoulder. The first few chapters with her were tense, but over time, I grew to love her character. I wanted her to suceed as much as Carly.
While I went into this story with a very incorrect understanding of what it was about, I left it with a warm and fuzzy feeling. This book grew on me, and I can’t wait to get back to Blackberry Island and see what happens next on the Island.