From New York Times bestselling author L.P. Dover comes a compelling tale of intrigue, hidden family secrets, and long overdue second chances.
Everleigh Abbott – born and bred in Oak Island, N.C. – always had a dream of going off to college and making a difference in the world.
Presented with the opportunity to attend the university with the top surgical program in the country, she couldn’t pass it up. Even though it meant leaving her family and Jensen McLean – the man she loved – behind. The couple knew the distance would come between them, yet Jensen had no choice but to stay in Oak Island and take over his family’s business.
Twelve years later, Everleigh’s a well-respected neurosurgeon in Boston and living the life she’s always wanted. However, when her grandmother passes, Everleigh learns she's been left everything, including the beach house. What she soon realizes is that there are secrets hidden within the house, secrets that could change everything. It all leads to a tragic past that brings Everleigh face to face with her only regret.
Jensen McLean has devoted his life to making his family business the best on the North Carolina coast. When he finds out Everleigh is back in town, he refuses to waste the chance to see her again. More than anything he longs to show her what she’s missed and help her realize Oak Island is her true home. Little do either of them know, the mysteries hidden at the beach house will reveal truths that connect them in ways they never thought possible.
Second chance is one of my favorite tropes, there is something about the angst and the connection that the previous relationship between the characters adds to the story.
Everleigh and Jensen were friends and shared one night together 12 years ago, before she left for Boston for medical school and her career. I understood the reason that she left, but the way it was handled seemed a little off, as they basically fell back into a relationship almost immediately upon her return.
It worked, but it felt less like a second chance than a book that had a 12 year gap in which they were always sure they would be together.
That said, I believed in their relationship and the ease of their relationship allowed for the other things that happened around them to work without pulling the focus from the main couple, which did make the other things going on in the story work well, as there was a lot going on in this one.
Overall, I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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Releasing August 29
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.