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Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Published: March 12th, 2015
What a delightful story in a beautiful setting this is – simple heartwarmingly beautiful! It has engaging characters, a great plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading and beautiful scenery – add a great author and you know you’ve got a winning combination and a book to enjoy.
Emily’s had her life turned upside down, back to front and inside out. First her long term boyfriend dumped her, then her famous film star half sister is killed in a plane crash and then she found out that her sister had appointed Emily the guardian of her six year old daughter, Juliet Elizabeth, even though they had never even met! Not only that but the press are trying to get photos of Juliet to the extent that one photographer broke into the child’s bedroom and scared her. In an effort to give Juliet time to grieve for her mum, for the two of them to get to know each other and to come to terms with the changes in their lives, Emily takes Juliet to her friend Brittany’s cottage on Puffin Island. The first thing they decide is to call Juliet Lizzie, to try to put off any paparazzi on their trail. Not a bad set of ideas, you’d think, but Emily has a traumatic experience in her past that makes her terrified of the sea – even the sound of it can bring on a panic attack! How will she cope living in a beach side cottage?
Brittany calls a close friend and neighbour, Ryan, to ask him to keep an eye on Emily. He’s had more experience than most of bringing up children, taking responsibility for his three younger siblings when their parents were killed and he was only thirteen years old. He is determined not to have any such responsibilities again and strives to keep his freedom. Despite this, following serious injuries, he has returned to the island, recovered and now it helping regenerate the island’s marina and harbour. He goes to call on Emily and is instantly attracted to her. Can he resist temptation? What about the child with her? He guesses there’s more to learn about why Emily is on the island but does he really want to get involved?
A great tale of people learning to cope with dramatic tragedies and changes in their lives. The community of Puffin Island are resilient, and their role in the story really enhance the whole saga. I’m looking forward to reading future books in this series and meeting more of them again! I’ll also be looking out for more books by this author as I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book – and some of the ice cream flavours sounds delicious, too!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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