Series: Shore Leave Cafe #4
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on June 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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A gorgeous stranger in an old photograph. A desperate search from another century. And a mystery that Camille Gordon cannot resist.
It has been two years since she discovered that she was going to be a teenage mother. Abandoned by her child’s father, Camille is determined that she and her daughter will make it on their own.
When she discovers an old picture in a trunk from her grandmother’s attic, Camille is at once drawn to the man in the image, standing near his horse in the light of a long-ago sunset. The haunting photo leads her to the Carters, who run the nearby White Oaks Lodge. Each clue brings her closer to her own destiny: a true love so intense that not even time can wither it.
Camille Gordon never imagined herself pregnant at 18-years old and can’t fathom being a mother. The baby’s father ran as soon as the stick turned blue so Camille is raising her child with the help of her Shore Leave family. She’s unhappy with her prospects for the future until she discovers a picture of a man and his horse in her grandmother’s attic that calls to her from deep within. He’s an ancestor of the Carters who run the nearby White Oaks Lodge and Camille’s just a little obsessed with this man. Little did she know that her pursuit of his story would change her life irrevocably.
I was skeptical of my ability to connect with Camille as I’d only known her through her mother, Joelle’s eyes. Fortunately, Camille had more layers than I’d gathered from the earlier books as she wasn’t that forthcoming with her mother. What I found compelling was how well her feelings were captured about the changes brought on by her teen pregnancy, beginning with the disappointment of being abandoned by the man (boy, really!) who she thought cared about her through being ostracized by her school mates and then following the birth of her child. Despite being enveloped by loving family, her emotional isolation was palatable. Camille’s fears about becoming a mother were at the same time mature and achingly borne of someone too young to be in this situation. The writing here was just brilliant and should be required reading for every teen (male and female).
I had no idea that this story would have a connection to the Doves Trilogy, which continues to haunt me! I am fascinated as to where it will ultimately lead as it will be through Camille and Mathias Carter. While their relationship begins here, their story is unfinished. I enjoyed their discovery and developing romance as it was age appropriate, reflecting the innocence and idealism of youth.
This was such a nice surprise and I had a tough time leaving these two. I’m glad there’s more to come. Also, Williams continues to reach back into the past before bringing the story current, which I’m finding highly effective as to storyline and character development. Each time, I gain a better perspective about events of the past. This is an extraordinary series that I continue to find captivating. Loved this one.
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