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Holiday in the Hamptons (From Manhattan with Love) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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Second chance at love stories are quickly becoming my favorite trope and this book is a prime example as to why. It was so good! So much emotion...I found myself tearing up several times throughout the story.
So this story...
Fliss is one of three siblings. She's a twin with Harriet and they have an older brother (Daniel, I think, if I'm remembering right). They all grew up with the fear of their father, whose temper was legendary. He and Fliss were the two that got into it the most. Their summers were their escape when they'd all flee to the Hamptons, someplace their father rarely went. That changed on the twins 18th birthday. He showed up, ruining the day. Fliss escaped to the beach where she ran into 22 yo Seth. Seth was one of her brother's best friends. While he was comforting her, things got a bit out of control...and that's really all the reader knows.
Because then the book picks up 10 years later when Fliss lives in NYC and runs a dog-walking business with her twin sister. She's heard from Daniel that Seth is in town, in her area of town, working at the vet clinic where she takes her client's dogs. Not cool. She cannot run into him. So, when the opportunity arises to go help her grandmother in the Hamptons, Fliss runs.
What she doesn't know is that Seth was just in NYC temporarily and that he lives in the Hamptons. Oh, and he just happens to be the first person she runs into.
This story was so good. My heart hurt for both characters, but especially for Fliss. She grew up learning to protect herself by hiding her emotions. To show vulnerability of any sort to her father and he would exploit that. So, she's learned to bite back her responses, never allow herself to feel.
Seth knows all this. He and Fliss may not have been married for long, but he knows her better than anyone, possibly even better than her twin sister, Harriett does.
Their marriage may have ended, but the feelings never did for either of these characters. Fliss ran. Seth made the mistake of not chasing after her. But he's older now. He's not planning to make that mistake again.
Like I said, this book was just everything. It was emotional and sweet and heart-wrenching. I fell in love with both Seth and Fliss. I loved them, especially as they began to sort through things. Seth is the kind of guy that makes women swoon. He's going to fight for Fliss, for them, this time and that's a gorgeous thing.
I loved this story! Highly recommend!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but purchased a print copy of the book to have on my keeper shelf.
For one thing, I have to doubt that the author has ever been to the Hamptons because she writes about the hero and heroine going off on day trips to destinations as if they are remote from the Hamptons when, in fact, they are part of the Hamptons.
There is no part of this book that worked for me. I don't care how small their apartment is, Fliss (Felicity), the heroine, and Harriet, her twin sister could not possibly afford an apartment when the income is based on dog walking. Harriet fosters puppies and last I knew fostering animals was a volunteer position.
Fliss is described as this go-get-em, accomplished business woman, so it made no sense to me that she would be such a coward. It made no sense to me that she would believe the horrible things her father said to her. It made no sense to me that her father would treat his kids as he did. It made no sense to me that Seth loved Fliss.
I love second chance romance and in Fliss and Seth case they really needed a second chance at love and as much as Fliss was trying to ignore her true feelings towards Seth in the end she had to face the truth and talk about their past in order to have a real future together.
Holiday in the Hamptons was funny, sexy and a fun summer read!
In an effort to avoid running into her ex-husband, veterinarian Seth Carlyle, professional dog walker Felicity “Fliss” Knight quickly seizes the chance to go to the Hamptons to help her grandmother. Despite their marriage only lasting a few short, scorching hot months, Fliss has never really gotten over her first love. Unfortunately, she runs into Seth as soon as she arrives in the Hamptons and she impulsively goes to somewhat ridiculous lengths to try to avoid him. Scarred from her verbally abusive father, Fliss is emotionally closed off and her father’s criticism and negative remarks continue to affect her. Despite her feisty and colorful personality, Fliss is a difficult character to like due to her unwillingness to let anyone close to her. Her refusal to have meaningful discussions is understandable, but she is so emotionally crippled that getting past her defenses takes a herculean effort.
Seth is kind, compassionate and caring so it is no surprise that he is well-liked and highly respected by everyone who knows him. He has never quite gotten over Fliss and following an unexpected loss, he decides it is time to become reacquainted with his ex-wife. Seth realizes his feelings for Fliss have not lessened over the years and he hopes if they can discuss what went wrong in the past they can start over again. He knows getting through to his ex-wife is not going to be easy and although he has quite a bit of patience with Fliss, he is no pushover. When she continues to hold him at arms’ length, Seth is gentle yet forceful as he confronts her about her behavior. He is also adamant they work on the emotional part of their relationship before giving in to their blazing hot passion.
Holiday in the Hamptons is a slow-paced romance and it is not easy to connect with Fliss and Seth as a couple due to Fliss’s kneejerk reactions and unwillingness to lower her defenses. Some elements of their present day relationship are somewhat unrealistic considering the circumstances surrounding their divorce, the short duration of their marriage and the passage of time. While Fliss is a frustrating character, Seth is quite charming and immensely appealing. Fliss’s grandmother is also quite wonderful and the scenes with her and her friends are absolutely priceless. Sarah Morgan’s intriguing glimpses of Fliss’s twin sister Harriet will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment in the From Manhattan with Love series.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
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