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Driftwood Lane: A Nantucket Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Denise Hunter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meridith believes she is capable of weathering any storm. But she's never experienced a love powerful enough to uproot her...until now.

Meridith Ward has crafted a carefully ordered life to make up for the chaos that plagued her childhood years. But one phone call upsets all that. Within the span of several minutes, Meredith learns that the father who abandoned her is dead and she's been named the sole guardian of his other three children. She nervously heads to Nantucket to care for the siblings she's never met with plans to stay until their uncle returns from his trip before relinquishing guardianship to him.

She arrives to find the children living in Summer House, a Bed & Breakfast that's falling apart around them. Meridith wants to move on as soon as possible, but the inn will never sell in its dilapidated condition. Then an itinerant handyman, Jake, shows up with an offer she can't refuse.

Much like the powerful ocean just a short walk from her deck, Jake appeals to Meridith. But she senses he is also capable of pulling her under in a heartbeat. What if the thing she fears the most is exactly what she needs? Can she trust God with the details and relish the adventure?

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About the Author

Denise Hunter is the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and The Trouble with Cowboys. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. Twitter: @deniseahunter Facebook: authordenisehunter

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XYES94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Beach Read August 30, 2010
Denise Hunter has a way with words, and stories, and characterization, and setting. In her Nantucket series, setting acts like a character. You feel like you're staying in a B&B on the beach. That's a delightful aspect of this series and this story.

From the beginning of this series, I've enjoyed Denise's allegories. She demonstrated God's love through her characters, through their trials and their responses and her depictions of their romance. In Driftwood Lane, a major theme was freedom from fear. And somehow, without portraying her heroes as perfect, she gives us glimpses of God's love as He helps us get free and release ourselves to His love.

It's rare to find a romance which doesn't bow to all the confines of formula. I feel Denise makes the most of them. The path she takes is intricate and enjoyable. Her scenarios aren't cliché. And this couple's first kiss? Goosebumps. And I'm not talking about the characters.

I highly recommend this entire series. You don't have to read the books in order. They stand alone. But I wouldn't miss one of them. So enjoyable. Denise's books teach you something about God's love--it's fiction that leaves you feeling more open to God, perhaps closer to Him, warmed by His love.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improvable only by reading it on a Nantucket beach June 13, 2010
I could almost smell the beached drifts of seaweed at low tide. Feel the velvety moss edge of weathered gray clapboard. This 4th in a series of seaside stories by Hunter has duel protagonist/antagonist. It depends on which side, guy/gal, you're cheering for.

You quickly get caught up as reader in desiring to help the expected romance to develop. Of course the outcome can be called a bit predictable--after all--the cover says "heart-warming romance" and "Nantucket love story". But she's already engaged. But the story enchantment is so fun--one must not eat the dessert first--even at a B&B.

Meridith is willed a worn B&B complete with kids (ages 7, 10, 13).
Jake is Uncle J, hardly a spoiler. It's the main plot, revealed on p.20.
Uncle Jay, the only other living relative, must prove her an inept guardian.
Meridith must show this arrogant handyman he's not this world's gift.
Both must also admit to the candy aesthetic physical appeal of the other.
Who will triumph or succumb first?
Truly a battle of the sexes.
What happens when Meridith realizes she's odd-man-out, not in on the family secret?

"God will give you courage," even if your fear is of love.
Second chances. Overcoming with His help.
Some good reading with a Christian message. Includes a reading group guide.

The last page says the 1st of a new series "A Cowboy's Touch" is out in April, 2011. I'm leaving a note on my wife's pillow, since MY birthday is in April.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful story by this incredible author! August 30, 2010
Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter is absolutely fabulous! It is book three in her Nantucket Love Story series. The stories are not connected but they all take place in Nantucket. (And they are all wonderful!) The other books in the series are Surrender Bay and The Convenient Groom. They are contemporary fiction stories and when I think of Denise Hunter, I automatically think of stories that grab me by the heart. That's how I would describe her books, including this one.

In this story we meet Meridith Ward. She has worked really hard for a career and a home and a stable life. And all of that is about to get turned upside down. She has to face memories from her difficult childhood that she has worked so hard to bury. And her steady, dependable life is not going to be steady and dependable any more. I really love Meridith. She captured my heart from the very beginning and I was rooting for her all the way. She is a character who will stay in my heart long after finishing the book! All of the characters in this book will stay with me for a long time!

I very highly recommend this book to anyone! It's a beautiful, heart-warming story and it's got something for everyone. There's drama, suspense, romance and a beautiful message. Once I started the book I could not put it down and when it was over I wanted more!

A complimentary copy was provided for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Away Reading August 7, 2010
By Just Me
We all know how one phone call out of the blue can change our lives. Meridith Ward received that call one day while she was at work inspecting a resturant. The call telling her that her estranged father and step-mother were killed and she was the guardian of 3 siblings that she never laid eyes on and had a Bed & Breakfast to take care of!

This was an enjoyable, fast paced read. I love the charactor of Meridith and her willingness to drop everything and rush to Nantucket to take care of the kids until their uncle returns, or so she thinks. Meridith is a take charge woman and I felt she was much older than her 25 years. Uncle J or Jake as Meridith knows him is a funny, loveable guy. He's a bachelor who loves nothing more than riding his motorcycle. I loved the interaction between him and the kids, it was very touching.

The scenes with Jake and Meridith were funny, touching, sad and explosive at times. The children were all very real and their reactions were right on the nose. My favorite part of the book was the ballroom dance lesson and performance.

Though Driftwood Lane is labeled as Christian fiction I did not find it preachy or in your face as I have found other books of this genre. I would recommend Driftwood Lane to anyone who needs a take me away book for the beach or a rainy weekend. It's nice at times to get lost in something that is not too deep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book
Published 8 days ago by Fun time
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beach read
Beautiful story of how God can mend families and make them whole.
Published 1 month ago by Read & Teach
5.0 out of 5 stars Read 6 books since, but still remember the story and characters.
Enough twists and turns, character development, and fun to make this book memorable. Really enjoyed it. Would surely buy a sequel or another book by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Buck Secord
3.0 out of 5 stars review
The story was rather boring. But I love Nantucket so I enjoyed reading about places I have been gone to
Published 3 months ago by Christine Lisiecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I really enjoyed this story, the characters were so real to me. I felt for each one of them. Everything seems to flow easily, it was a great read.
Published 4 months ago by vicki
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable clean romantic story
I would call this book a "comfort" book. The kind with a heart-warming story and a happily ever after. I will read more of Denise Hunter's books.
Published 4 months ago by SJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical, but I enjoyed reading the book
Although it used the standard lack of communication and deception plot, I did enjoy reading this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust God
Through every romance or heartbreak story the love of God show us to trust, obey and accept His love and put ourselves in His hands every day in our every day lives.
Published 4 months ago by Antoinette Branca
5.0 out of 5 stars Family ties that bind
Meredith came to take custody of her half-siblings that she had never even met before. Her simple plan to sell her father's house and move back to St. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bonnie navarro
3.0 out of 5 stars Religion and Romance
I have to admit that this is the first time i have read a novel labelled " romance" and read the work God and delving into how He can help you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CritiC
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More About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

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