Nothing beats falling in love under the sun, with the sand beneath your feet. This gorgeous, feel-good, and heartwarming summer escape from the bestselling author of The Summer House is perfect for fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Mallery and Nancy Thayer.
For Sydney Flynn, her treasured family home, Starlight Cottage, is her sanctuary. The house on the beach, surrounded by glittering turquoise waters, is the perfect place for her fresh start, piecing her life back together after it fell apart. That’s until her knees almost buckle at the sight of Nate Henderson.
As teenagers, Sydney and Nate spent their summers whispering sweet nothings and promising “forever” to each other. Sydney never imagined that her childhood sweetheart was going to break her heart, driving away from her and Firefly Beach, never looking back.
Now, when Sydney spots him at her sister’s wedding, their eyes meeting across the rows of guests, she barely recognizes him. The down-to-earth son of a fisherman, forever in beach t-shirts and flip flops, is replaced with a successful songwriter in a designer suit, a superstar in the country music scene. Yet despite everything, his dazzling blue eyes and easy smile stir up all the feelings she thought she’d left behind.
Nate is back to make it up to Sydney, but can she forgive him for all the heartbreak he caused? And it’s not only about her – Sydney is a single mother to Robby, her whole world, and she won’t let just anyone into their lives. Can she trust that Nate has really changed?
As if worrying about Nate wasn’t enough, a new development threatens Starlight Cottage, the safe haven that saved her when she had nothing else. Can Nate and Sydney overcome their past to save Firefly Beach and the house that holds so many memories for them? Or will the town they adore, and the love they have for one another, be lost forever?
Author: Jenny Hale
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 222
No. of Pages: 222
Date of Publication: June 5, 2020
My Rating: 5 Stars
Sydney Flynn had love once. Maybe he wasn't her soul mate, but she was happy enough and was blessed to have a son. Now it is time for her to get her life back on track. She is even more blessed to have a place she can call a sanctuary, Starlight Cottage, willed to by her Aunt Clara, so it is back to Firefly Beach with eight-year-old son Robby.
In the first book in this series, Summer on Firefly Beach, Sydney's sister Hallie was blessed by their dear aunt, and along the way found her true love, Ben. It is at Hallie and Ben's wedding when she makes incredibly intense eye contact with Nate Henderson, the man that was undeniably the true love of her life.
Sydney and Nate were in love when they were teens, but they ended up taking different paths in life - Nate to Nashville where he became a highly successful music producer. Sydney followed her passion and became a professional journalist. The pair had a wonderful relationship for several years. Now that the couple are around one another again, is there a chance to start over?
For one thing, Sydney has Robby to think of. She must consider him, not just her heart, and if she would admit it, she is sure she could fall for Nate all over again. However, there are conflicts that the couple must contend with, so the road to love and happiness might be challenging.
I so love the little village of Firefly Beach with its lovely residents. It is nice to pick up a book like this where the characters warm your heart. There is more than a bit of angst with the book and this rounds the story up nicely. I loved Robby and really felt for him as he dealt with his father's loss, and the bonus of Nate developing a relationship with him was something very touching. Then there is Uncle Hank, and his sadness after losing his beloved Clara. Sydney's love and dedication to Uncle Hank was palpable.
This lovely story was compelling from page one and carried straight through to a wonderful conclusion. So, for the perfect summer read, I would say go and grab this book - and its prequel - at the first opportunity. I really hope there are more books in this series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When I graduated college, one of my friends said, "Look out for this one; she's going to be an author one day." Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn't until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can't.
While I didn't start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.
The rest is history.
When I'm not writing, I'm a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.
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