Series: Shore Leave Cafe #3
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on January 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Twelve years ago, Jillian Henriksen cut off all her hair and placed it in her young husband's hands as he was buried. After his tragic accident, she clung to the only remaining stability she had - her young son Clint, her family of women, and her job at their lakeside diner, the Shore Leave Café.Now it is summer again, and change is in the hot and humid air. Jillian's sister, Joelle, and her teenaged nieces, Camille, Tish, and Ruthann, have come home to Landon, bringing a welcome distraction.And then there is Justin Miller, longtime family friend, brooding and sexy, but damaged after a terrible accident five years earlier. Will Jilly and Justin risk their broken hearts - and the Davis family curse - to take a chance on lasting love?
The first two books in this series begin with the end of Joelle Gordon’s marriage to Jackie. Her sister, Jilly Henriksen, is a widow with a son and she’s just beginning a relationship with Justin Miller. I’m so delighted that this story begins at the beginning…when both were still in high school and just starting their relationships with their first loves.
In order to understand Jilly and Justin’s relationship, it was important to know about how they got there. This wasn’t just about the two of them but the community of family in Landon, Minnesota. It’s rich with stories of the women and men who shaped and influenced them, let alone the developing romances of all of them.
It’s tricky to write retrospectives, especially when you know ultimately where and with whom the characters end up. I was captivated from the start, never bored or sensing too much repetition. I loved Jilly and Justin’s backstories, complete with lovely high moments and devastating lows. It laid the foundation for their present day situations, so much so I felt I knew exactly how these characters would behave and react throughout. I couldn’t put this book down. Lovely, just lovely.
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