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Beach Rental: An Emerald Isle NC Novel

Beach Rental: An Emerald Isle NC Novel

Scris de Grace Greene

Povestit de Caroline Miller


Beach Rental: An Emerald Isle NC Novel

Scris de Grace Greene

Povestit de Caroline Miller

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4/5 (8 evaluări)
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8 hours
Lansat:
Nov 21, 2014
ISBN:
9781732878501
Format:
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Descriere

On the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, in the small beach town of Emerald Isle…


Juli Cooke, hard-working and getting nowhere fast, marries a dying man, Ben Bradshaw, for a financial settlement, not expecting he will set her on a journey of hope and love. The journey brings her to Luke Winters, a local art dealer, but Luke resents the woman who married his sick friend and warns her not to hurt Ben—and he’s watching to make sure she doesn’t.


Until Ben dies and the stakes change.


Framed by the timelessness of the Atlantic Ocean and the brilliant blue of the beach sky, Juli struggles against her past, the opposition of Ben’s and Luke’s families, and even the living reminder of her marriage—to build a future with hope and perhaps to find the love of her life—if she can survive the danger from her past.

Lansat:
Nov 21, 2014
ISBN:
9781732878501
Format:
Carte audio

Despre autor

Grace Greene writes women's fiction and contemporary romance with suspense. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. She writes books set in both locations.The Emerald Isle books, BEACH RENTAL and BEACH WINDS, are set in North Carolina where "It's always a good time for a love story and a trip to the beach."Or travel down Virginia Country Roads in KINCAID'S HOPE, A STRANGER IN WYNNEDOWER, and CUB CREEK and "Take a trip to love, mystery and suspense."BEACH RENTAL, her debut novel, won the Booksellers Best contest in both the Traditional and Best First Book categories. BEACH RENTAL and BEACH WINDS were each awarded 4.5 stars, Top Pick by RT Book Reviews magazine.Grace lives in central Virginia.


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  • (4/5)
    A Light Last Seen is a coming of age story, a story of second chances. Jaynie Highsmith had a difficult childhood. Her father died in a drowning accident before she came into this world, and her mother drowned her sorrows in booze and men. Jaynie's brother, Mitch, looked after her the best he could, but it was her relationship with their neighbor, Ruth Berry that fed her spirit. While Jaynie had things in common with her mother, such as their tempers, she tried to be forward looking rather than living in the resentment of the past as her mother did. Was it possible that while working toward a better future she had missed the good things in the present? There are life lessons to be learned in A Light Last Seen. Grace Greene reveals these through her well-developed, sometimes quirky characters and her genuine dialogue ripe with emotion. She is a gifted author, one that I am glad to have discovered through her Wildflower series and one I highly recommend. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of A Light Last Seen in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
  • (5/5)
    A Light Last Seen written by Grace Greene is a poignant story full of pathos and sometimes desolation. The story touched this reader's heart with a lingering sense of sadness and yet with hope. I was drawn into Jaynie's story immediately as the first chapters find her a young teen dealing with the challenges of a fractured family. As the story continues and Jaynie leaves home, she finds life continues to bring challenges that obscure the happiness and kinship she longs for. I loved the characters, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Ruth, the beloved neighbor who loved unconditionally and gave such wonderful advice about life to a lonely young girl. Wyatt, a sometime friend, or was he more? Mitch, the brother who did what he could to keep Jaynie and her mother safe. This is a beautifully written story with the poetical image of a dragonfly scattered throughout the story--a reminder for Jayne through the years that facing one's fears brings growth and peace of mind. Jayne's journey to joy is complicated, and yet one in which she persists and eventually finds the light within. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to readers who love stories about family, friends, and forgiveness. I read a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
  • (4/5)
    Readers can always depend on Grace Greene to give them a beautifully written book with well developed and believable characters. Her new book is no exception and is my new favorite book by her.Jaynie lives in rural Virginia with her mother and older brother. Her father died years earlier in an accident and her mother had never gone on with her life after he died. She has a bad temper and takes it out on her children - especially her daughter. The only person in Jaynie's world that she feels cares about her is her elderly neighbor Ruth who listens to her and gives her lots of advice for her future. As she planned, Jaynie left town as soon as she graduated and took a job in the city. When she moved, she leaves behind - and forgets - parts of her past. She even takes a new name and everyone calls her Ruth. Her memories of her childhood are that her mother was never a mother to her and that her life was miserable. Seventeen years after leaving, Jaynie returns to her home. She plans to be there briefly, sell her mother's house and start over again somewhere new. Things have changed and she realizes that she needs to stay longer than she's planned. A longer stay may be vital to her future because if she wants to change her future and find happiness, she needs to remember her past and make changes to her present attitudes to find happiness.This is a novel about family and love and forgiveness -- not just forgiveness of people who have wronged you but more importantly forgiveness of yourself. You have to know where you came from and who you are right now to be able to move into the future with a good outlook on life. It was very interesting to she Jaynie reconcile with her past and grow as a person. This book has fantastic characters, a bit of mystery and a great romance with the boy next door -- what can be better then that.Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
  • (5/5)
    I grew up a little bit like Jaynie, the main character in A Light Last Seen, so I felt a bit of a connection, but by the end of the story I felt as if I had lived the entire thing, that I had experienced everything Jaynie had. That’s how good a storyteller Grace Greene is.Jaynie’s childhood isn’t happy. It’s chaotic and she feels unloved. She’s not comfortable with herself or her surroundings. No real friends except for her elderly neighbor Ruth and occasionally Ruth’s grandson Wyatt when he comes to visit his grandmother.So when Jaynie gets the chance to move and start a new life, she jumps at it. Family is forgotten and that’s how she wants it. She’s so desperate to cut all ties with her past that she even tells everyone she meets her name is Ruth. She becomes a business success and meets and marries Justin. But although she’s gotten what she wanted and is now labeled a success, the story suddenly slows down, building a feeling that is almost of dread. Rather than the way she was engaged in the childhood life she despised and needed to escape, she seems almost an observer looking at this life, not living it. And seventeen years after leaving Cub Creek everything comes crashing down and she’s right back where she started.A Light Last Seen isn’t a second chance story. Jaynie was always drawn to Wyatt but she doesn’t grow up, move away and then come right back to a happy-ever-after reunion with him. There is some work to be done for both of them. It almost feels like an uneasy truce between them when they meet again. She’s mean and mostly unpleasant, ready to move her brother Mitch out of the family home, more the family shack, without a second thought. She’s scared, unsure, and acting almost like her mother. Has she ever been happy? Can she?She’s going to be stuck in Cub Creek for a while and begins to reflect. She thinks, “Justin and my time with him had faded somehow – as if the time with him had actually belonged to someone else. Had faded as everything here became more real.” And then I got it and once again realized just how good a writer Grace Greene is. The distant feeling of her life with Justin, being on the outside looking in was intentionally written that way. Wow. And now Ruth/Jaynie needs to look even deeper within herself and decide just how much she is going to allow anger and suspicion and fear to control her life.I was a fan of Grace Green’s books before I read this book. But I think A Light Last Seen is my favorite of all, which is saying a lot. It touched my heart, brilliantly crafted with so many believable characters and a storyline that kept me turning pages. The setting and atmosphere of Cub Creek makes me want to go there.I was provided an advance copy of A Light Last Seen for an honest review if I chose to leave one. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.