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Shoreline Drive (Sanctuary Island) Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014

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Book 2 of 4 in the Sanctuary Island Series

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Editorial Reviews


“I didn't read this book, I inhaled it. An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing and joy.” ―Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Sanctuary Island

“Sanctuary Island is a novel to curl up with and enjoy by a crackling fire or on a sunny beach. It's a beautifully told story of hope and forgiveness, celebrating the healing power of love. Lily Everett writes with warmth, wisdom and deep insight. The island, with its wild horses and natural beauty, is a place of dreams, and the story will live in your heart long after the book is closed.” ―Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Willow Lake series, on Sanctuary Island

“I loved it! A rare find.” ―Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The First Love Cookie Club, on Sanctuary Island

“A heartwarming, emotional, extremely romantic story that I couldn't read fast enough! Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island! I guarantee you won't want to leave.” ―Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivan series, on Sanctuary Island

“With richly nuanced characters and able plotting…Everett's sweet contemporary debut illustrates the power of forgiveness and the strength of relationships that may falter but never fail.” ―Publishers Weekly on Sanctuary Island

“I loved learning about Sanctuary Island and I felt as if I was there seeing and feeling everything first hand. A wonderful book to get lost in for a few hours. I definitely recommend it to other readers.” ―Night Owl Reviews on Sanctuary Island

“The nostalgic, almost introspective story of a young woman, the mother who neglected her, and the wounded man who will walk the road to a happy ending with her. The story is the perfect blend of Romance and Woman's fiction that will equally satisfy readers of both genres as well as those who meet in the middle.” ―Heroes and Heartbreakers on Sanctuary Island

“Everett's newest novel is stirring. She skillfully blends the tender story of two daughters reuniting with their estranged mother with the love story of two emotionally closed people desperately trying to move toward each other. Readers will eagerly anticipate its sequel.” ―RT Bookreviews on Sanctuary Island

“I couldn't help but fall in love with Sanctuary Island and want to move there myself. This was an enchanting romance that swept me away!” ―Books N Kisses on Sanctuary Island

“Lily has a talent for metaphors that make me melt…and I love the way she ties the story together. I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series.” ―USA Today's Happily Ever After blog on Sanctuary Island

“Everett captures the very special relationship sisters have….A good comfort read, Sanctuary Island a very peaceful place where you could cure all of your ills with ease.” ―A Bookish Affair on Sanctuary Island

“A satisfying read about family, loyalty, taking risks, and love that any fan of women's fiction would enjoy.” ―Kindles and Wine on Sanctuary Island

“A riveting tale of overcoming fear and emotional roadblocks, SANCTUARY ISLAND makes you fall in love with the island and its inhabitants. Author Lily Everett brings tears, laughter and a happy-ever-after smile to your face while you're experiencing her well-written, compassionate novel. I highly recommend SANCTUARY ISLAND as a "no excuses" emotional fight for a happy life in a book that hits home with real-to-life characters.” ―Romance Junkies on Sanctuary Island

“SANCTUARY ISLAND is indeed a wonderful place to escape to...a place where dreams and healing walk hand in hand.” ―Romance Reviews Today on Sanctuary Island

“A remarkable debut that perfectly blends family, forgiveness, love, and hope into one richly rewarding story.” ―Reader to Reader on Sanctuary Island

About the Author

Lily Everett grew up in a small town in Virginia reading Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty, taking riding lessons, and longing for a horse of her own. Sadly, her parents gave her a college education instead―but she never forgot what the world looked like from the back of a horse. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time. Her books include Sanctuary Island and The Fireside Inn.


Product Details

  • Series: Sanctuary Island (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250018390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250018397
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lily Everett grew up in a small town in central Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although she's lived many other places since, from college in Philadelphia to her first job in New York City and her current home in Austin, Texas, she never forgot the beauty and warmth of her little hometown. She is thrilled to be writing the Sanctuary Island series full time because it allows her to combine her longstanding love of romance with the memories of her childhood home.

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After reading Shoreline Drive I will buy any book that Lily Everett publishes. Her writing style is fantastic, her characters are well developed, and the storyline flows seamlessly. The story contains Ben, very alpha male, and Merry, a single mom that wants for her child what she never had. I think I fell in love with Ben from the very first chapter. He is gruff and says what he thinks, but when you read from his point of view, you just melt. He has a hard exterior and a very soft, romantic heart. Merry is tough, sensible, and perfect for Ben. Their story is realistic, not insta-love, and not always easy. The angst is light, but the love is real. A very sweet romance where the steamy scenes start, but are finished behind closed doors. Grab this book, find a comfortable spot, and enjoy the world of Shoreline Drive!
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
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Loved this book from the beginning. I just wished I had read the first one in the series before reading this one but a book that is one you can read by itself without having read the first one.

Ben is a veterinarian who is called to deliver Merry baby because of the bad weather a regular doctor cannot get there and she does not have time to get to a hospital. After he delivers her baby he decides he wants them to be his finally someday.

A few months later he asked her to marry, but they decides it will be a marriage convenience. But ends up being more.

The book gets really exciting at the end when her baby father comes back, really feel bad for Ben since he loves them so much.

This is a very good book and definitely recommend it. This was my first book by Lily Everett and will read more by her.
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Oh, I liked this one. A gruff loner veterinarian with a crush on a sunny younger woman with a baby. He can't emotionally risk so he proposes a marriage of convenience. Fun!

I haven't read the rest of the books in this series but I plan to do so. I didn't need to have read them to enjoy this one.

The heat level is very low and behind closed doors but you still feel the heat. The small town, other characters and the hero and heroine come together to make this a moving romance with very human lovers.

There is some high drama around his parents that I felt was a bit over the top and took from the realism of the story of single motherhood and the hero's grief but overall I excited to have discovered this writer.

It was just what I wanted in a contemporary marriage of convenience romance!
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Review by Cathy

I was provided an ARC by the Publisher and the Author in exchange for my honest review.

"Shoreline Drive" by Lily Everett is a wonderful heart-warming story about love, forgiveness and what really matters most. As I haven't read anything written by this author previously, I was reading this story with no expectations. This author writes a story with such well-developed characters and character interactions that the reader becomes engaged almost immediately.

Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on Sanctuary Island. This Island is on the Atlantic Coast and is a refuge for wild horses. Merry Preston returns to Sanctuary Island after many years away to reconnect with the mother she hasn't seen in many years. Merry is also pregnant and fast approaching her due date. Ben feels an attraction to Merry and would love to get to know her better. Just can't figure out how to make that happen. Then on a stormy night Merry goes into labor and her mother, Jo Preston, calls Ben for help. Ben rushes to the Old Plantation to help Merry with her delivery.

Ben still has unresolved issues from his past and decides that if he wants to have a family he will need to convince Merry to marry him and let him help her raise her child. He offers Merry an arrangement so that she can be independent of her mother but still be close enough so they can continue to connect. Surprisingly, Merry accepts Ben's proposal as a way to provide a more stable upbringing to her baby.

As newlyweds Ben and Merry are learning how to be a family as well as getting to know each other. Along the way they discover that they love each other.

When Ben's parents arrive with the intention of breaking up, what they consider a bad marriage, and the father of the baby shows up to claim his parental rights, Ben and Merry almost lose what they worked so hard to put together.

This author is definitely one that will make it to my TBR list.
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I find that I am becoming a huge fan of Lily Everett's writing. According to Goodreads, this is the second Sanctuary Island book. I have not read the first book and had no trouble keeping up with this book. I have read several of Everett's novellas that were also set on the island and a few of the locations were familiar to me because of that.

This book is focused on Merry and Ben. Ben is the local vet who takes care of all of the animals on the island. Merry goes into labor at the beginning of the book and Ben is there to help deliver the baby. Merry, a single mother, is determined to be a good mother to her baby, Alex. Ben feels a connection to both Merry and Alex and asks Merry to marry him. The couple approach marriage as a business deal and attempt to leave emotions out of the equation but both secretly harbor feelings for each other. Just as they start to falling in love with each other, Ben's parents show up to cause trouble for the couple.

It is no secret that I read a lot. The basic plot of the book was one that I have read before. What sets this book apart for the others for me was the execution of the plot. I found the characters to be believable and well developed. I liked the fact that the author did not rely on sex as the main vehicle for the couple to fall in love. The sex in this book is really left to the reader's imagination.

I would recommend this book to any romance reader. I plan to look for future works in this series and by this author.
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