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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: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,668 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 breezes...it'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


For excerpts and more, visit her at http://virginiakantra.com.
And on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VirginiaKantraBooks

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I read this book in one day, could not put it down.
Frances
I loved this small town story, the main characters were great, and all the secondary characters added so much to the book.
Kathryn Trask
I loved Matt and Allison's story and also Matt's parents' story.
Mary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 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 Cindy Holby on July 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A great start to the Dare Island series about a hard working man who puts family first. You'll fall in love with all the Fletchers. Can't wait for the next installment in this wonderful series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamerd on August 13, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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4 of 4 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tashia Colluney on July 3, 2012
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Virginia Kantra is the queen of heartwarming down to earth stories you are guaranteed to fall in love with. Her characters you can relate to. You can almost picture yourself there in the book with them seeing hearing living even laughing and crying with the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on December 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway as part of the firstreads program. Thank you!

I really enjoyed this book! Allison is a young teacher has just moved to Dare Island, a small town in the Outer Banks, NC because she is trying to escape her wealthy family. Matt has lived there for most of life, save for a few years spent at a college that he had to leave long ago when his wife took off and left him with their young son Josh, who is now 16 years old. Matt moved back home to live behind the inn that his parents own and became a fishing boat captain so that he could give his son a stable life. Matt has learned that consistency is key for him and his son, and he never dates any one woman for any length of time so that he nor his son can't get hurt in the end. Then Matt's brother Luke comes home on leave from Afghanistan for a few days with a request from Matt and their parents. Luke has just learned he is the father of a 12 year old girl, Taylor, whose mother has just died suddenly and he needs his parents and Matt to take care of the girl while he is deployed.

I already said it, but I will say it again - I really enjoyed this book. It had a laid back, island-y feel to it, and it was a very sweet love story, yet it was also capable of making you feel many different emotions. It would have gotten five stars, but there were a few problems that bothered me that I really hope are cleared up in the sequel, Carolina Girl.

***FROM HERE ON THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.***

I like that the romance between Matt and Allison didn't take forever to bloom. Obviously this is a romance book and it's clear that they will get together in some way at some point, so I was glad that it happened pretty quickly.
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