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Title: Barefoot on the Beach
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: April 29, 2020
This was a surprising read, much more family drama than I’d anticipated with somewhat toxic family relationships impacting on those involved in the present. The community, friendships and delicious food all add to the story.
Renee Clarke is living with her father in a delightful location near the beach. She’s something of a workaholic and will do anything for those she loves, which includes her half-sister, Cait. When Cait decides to get married in this location she turns up to enlist Renee’s help organising it . . . actually she dumps everything on Renee, including her dog. Renee doesn’t have positive feelings about marriage after all their mother put her through and she’s certainly not looking forward to her turning up, either, but she’ll do anything to help Cait.
When Renee’s first love, Luc Hardy, returns to live in his aunt’s home next door to Renee will this be a second chance romance for them? Can he help convince her that love doesn’t have to be a toxic relationship? How will Renee’s Mum turning up impact on their potential HEA?
This is a story about relationships, expectations, history and dynamics. I definitely thought Cait acted like a spoiled brat and Renee like a resentful doormat for much of the story. Marcus, Renee’s Dad is lovely and so is Cait’s husband to be. Poor Luc must have felt he was on a roller coaster ride with all the twists and turns his romance with Renee underwent! This is a moving story, definitely not the light hearted second chance romance I’d expected, it is much more about family dynamics and interactions. The setting, West Cove, is beautiful and definitely made me want to visit the beach again soon – lockdown permitting.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Renee Clarke is perfectly happy just the way she is…
Renee may be thrilled to be planning her sister’s wedding, but after witnessing her mother’s two failed marriages, she has always vowed that she is better off on her own.
But when Renee discovers that Luc Hardy has moved next door, her world is knocked off kilter. Luc was her whirlwind summer romance as a teen and, more importantly, her first love. Now he’s back in West Cove, looking more handsome than ever.
There is no escaping the romance in the air this summer. With the wedding planning in full swing, Renee begins to believe that she might be able to put her childhood reservations about marriage aside.
Yet when her mother arrives, she stirs a torrent of emotions in Renee’s heart. She’s up to her old tricks again–boasting about her latest conquests–reaffirming Renee’s lack of faith in love.
As Renee’s happily-ever-after hangs in the balance, will Luc be able to convince her that true love can last forever?
About Katlyn Duncan
Coming from a small town, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in the clouds. Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows and whys of life. This translated into her love of stories and getting into the minds of her characters.
When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’.
She currently resides in Connecticut with her family. Check out more about her writing and current TV addiction in her newsletter, on Youtube, and Instagram and Twitter!
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