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Product Details

  • Series: A Dare Island Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425250938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250938
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A deeply moving story of family, love, and second chances...prose as lush and warm as a coastal summer." New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross

"A story as fresh as the Carolina ocean's always a joy to read Virginia Kantra."—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

"Virginia Kantra is one of my favorite authors."—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

From the Back Cover

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return...

Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times-its traditions slipping away like the sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn't want to be another in the long line of Women Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It's both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.

Then Matt's brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own-and a request that will change all their lives. With a child's welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes...and follow his heart.

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra has written over twenty books of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Her deeply emotional stories have won numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA Award and two National Readers' Choice Awards. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of three kids, she is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love.

Her favorite thing to make for dinner? Reservations.

Praise for Virginia Kantra:

"Virginia Kantra is back where we want her, writing fantastic contemporary romance." -Rendezvous

"I'm a long time Virginia Kantra fan girl because every time I read one of her books, she reminds me why I read romance." -JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

"Kantra has to be the only romance author I've read whose characters are as rich as those of Nora Roberts." -The Romance Reader

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Loved the characters, the writing style, the story itself.
Carolina Home is the first book in Virginia Kantra's Dare Island series.
Michele S.
I loved Matt and Allison's story and also Matt's parents' story.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NYromancereader on July 3, 2012
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"Carolina Home" is one of the most touching love stories I've ever read. In addition to the (very satisfying!) main love story between hunky single-dad Matt Fletcher (*sigh*) and intrepid newbie schoolteacher Allison, there's Matt's parents' decades-long, still-strong romance; the masculine, just-us-guys affection between Matt and his teenage son; and the slow melting of Matt's newfound niece Taylor, a wary ten-year-old who can't quite believe the tight-knit Fletchers have enough love to spare for her (they do, and then some). Virginia Kantra sweetly captures the everyday challenges and joys that real life is made of--and if you don't cry during one short, spare yet incredibly poignant scene between Matt's parents, then you shouldn't be reading romance novels!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamerd on August 13, 2012
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Family is the central theme of this wonderful story. Matt Fletcher's family has lived on Dare Island for several generations raising families and living off the land. He is busy running his own fishing business and raising his teenage son, Joshua, with a little help from his parents who run an Inn on the island. Allison Carter is the new teacher on the island and just happens to have Matt's son in her class. She likes to meet all the parents of her students; especially those students that she feels need a little extra attention. It is not that Joshua is a bad kid; just that she feels he can do so much more than what she has seen so far.
Despite what others think, Allison believes she has finally found a place to put down roots. She escaped her overbearing parents who have more money than sense and has lived in several different places until she found this place. Since she has been here she has loved the fact that she feels like she belongs here.
Causing more family drama, Matt's brother, Luke, comes home from Afghanistan with his daughter in tow, a daughter (Taylor) who is now 10 that no one knew about until her mother recently died. Luke gets her settled with his family and leaves again for Afghanistan leaving a frightened young girl who is unsure of the Fletcher family and who is quieter than she should be as she is holding on to some difficult secrets.
A wonderful family drama surrounds the romance between Matt and Allison as Matt meets Allison's family and Allison gets to know Matt's family. Matt's hesitancy becomes apparent as they struggle to form a relationship as he does not believe Allison is here to stay. Matt has always felt responsible, not only of his parents and his son Joshua but now he has the addition of a niece his brother left behind. The family all comes together when Matt's mom Tess is in an accident, strengthening the bond they have and making room for Allison and Taylor in their tight knit family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2012
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In Dare Island, North Carolina, since his teenage son Joshua returned to school, Matt Fletcher sails the Sea Lady II with his dad as mate as they take affluent people out fishing. Upper crust Philadelphian transplant Allison Carter informs Matt, as Joshua's teacher, his son is an underachiever. Matt says he has no time now, but will talk to Josh later. He thinks Allison is like Josh's mom a professor with little involvement in her son's life.

Matt's brother Luke is on compassionate military leave. With him is his ten years old daughter Taylor whose mother just died. Luke was unaware he had a child until now. He asks Matt to take care of her until he returns from Afghanistan.

Allison has a flat tire when Matt arrives. He takes her bicycle to the rental shop for repair. They next stop for a beer where they discus Joshua who has no college plans. Matt says he wants Josh to attend college, something he dropped out of to raise his son. They talk about family and she mentions she has not seen her big brother in years. They kiss as each feels the attraction, but he is one night stands with off islanders and she is no one nighter; besides family matters take precedent over love.

The vivid isolated barrier island location sets the tone of a tender family drama in which the lead couple's families are extreme polar opposites in how they support their respective loved ones. Although the lead couple makes love while his traumatized niece and his son (her student) are nearby and the niece's fears never explored (probably will when Luke's return), readers will enjoy this warm romance.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele S. on August 3, 2012
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Carolina Home is the first book in Virginia Kantra's Dare Island series. It is a beautiful story about love, family and letting go of the past to make way for the future. Allison Carter, our heroine, is a caring, compassionate teacher who really wants to make a difference in others' lives. Our hero, Matt Fletcher, is charming, handsome and most importantly a strong and steady presence in the life of his family. He calmly handles everything they throw at him. Matt was hurt in the past by his ex-wife and is afraid to risk his heart by letting himself get too close to anyone besides his family. Can Matt let go of the past and take a chance on his feelings for Allison? That's the question at the heart of this romance.
I found the secondary characters in this book to be just as interesting and enjoyable as the hero and heroine. Josh, Matt's son and Allison's student, is funny and sweet and cares just as deeply for his family as his father does. None of the usual teen angst stuff with Josh, which I found very refreshing. Taylor, Matt's newly found niece, also added a great deal of interest and emotion to the story. I cannot wait to find out more about her in future books. Matt's brother and sister also play small supporting roles and I am hoping they each get their own books, as I would love to learn more about them.
I loved everything about Carolina Home. If you are a fan of sweet contemporary romances with great secondary characters that are as much a part of the story as the hero and heroine, then you will love this book.
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