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A Home by the Sea (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – October 18, 2011

3.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Summer Island Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037377608X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776085
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life isn't always fair, and Grace just found that out. Grace Lindstrom, a cute woman with sparkle, is slowly picking up the pieces of her life. She has a job she loves, where she researches food that takes her to exotic locales. She hasn't seen her fiancé, friends or grandfather in a long while with her hectic life, and she misses them dearly. Life deals her a double whammy when her fiancé, a UN negotiator, is killed in a plane crash. Then later, she finds out from a couple different sources that he was a cheating scoundrel. Her heart is shattered into a million pieces. He is a rat, but she still mourns his death. Will she be able to trust a man again or even open her hurting heart to love?

Fate blows in a humdinger of a man, top-secret bomb disposal expert Noah McKay, who is a striking, mysterious man with a sincere heart and immense patience. It is a stroke of good luck one cold blustery night when Noah makes the acquaintance of Grace. He has yearned for a woman just like her to complete his life. Only one thing stops him from getting to close to a woman and that is his profession. He never completely divulges to anyone the details of his job, afraid of their reactions to it and since it is top security, he is not allowed to talk about it at all. Will this girl be the one to accept him for who he is and what he does?

Noah's family worries about him all of the time. His brother who was in the same profession wasn't so lucky. The whole family was devastated when he died, especially Noah's mom. She is still trying to cope with loss of her son, and it hasn't been easy. Family means everything to Noah, and he loves his parents.

The winds of life blow in unexpected directions and unfortunately separate Noah and Grace.
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Although she has never moved on beyond the death of her fiancé in a plane crash, Grace Lindstrom has buried herself in her job as she travels the world to write about food. However, she has an opportunity in DC that the international gourmet historian cannot ignore though it means remaining in one place.

Military explosives detachment specialist Noah McLeod is fortunate not to have been splattered with his latest bomb disposal. He and Grace meet at a dumpster where someone discarded kittens. They are attracted to each other, but he knows he cannot offer her what he believes she deserves. However, when her beloved grandpa takes a bad fall that has left him with amnesia, Grace heads home to the Oregon barrier isle Summer Island to care for him while he heals. Her departure is a wake up call for Noah who knows life without his Grace would be unbearably lonely.

This is an entertaining contemporary romance starring two likable individuals who fall in love but each believes they have no long term future together. Although several support characters detract from the overall engaging sequel to Christina Skye's entry to The Knitting Diaries anthology (see Return to Summer Island), fans will enjoy this return to the Oregon coast.

Harriet Klausner
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After Grace Lindstrom discovers her now deacesed fiance' is not who she thought he was, she withdraws from everyone and everything. She has lost the most valuable thing, trust. Noah McKay is a man haunted by guilt. He lost his younger brother in an accident he believes he could and should have prevented. One of the shadow heros that keep the citizens of the USA safe, Noah leads a very dangerous professional life.

A blizzard, a chance meeting and a family of abandoned pets bring the two people together. Thus begins an attraction that keeps both of them drawing closer together. Then Grace's beloved grandfather is hospitalized and she is called home to Summer Island. Giving up a career oportunity of a life-time, Grace goes home to find out what happened to her grandfather and to get him back on his feet.

Noah comes to visit. then life becomes complicated with old friends who draw Grace into a new career opportunity, her grandfather is in worse condition than she expected, and an earthquake strikes the island.

This is a great story and very well developed. You meet old friends again and the new characters are well worth knowing. The suspense and intrigue is light and the story is gentle. Well worth reading!
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I love the books setting and the key player but in this book the Author didn't show us much relationship build ok my between the two leads. This book seemed more about animals, recipes, yarn and weather. The madly in love ending felt rushed and shoved in as a desperate way to make the story an actual romance.
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This was my second christina skye novel as I enjoyed (for the most part) An Accidental Wife. This novel, unfortunately, needed more extensive editing and proof-reading in addition to being full of what I found to be eye-rolling and over the top romantic declarations. The story didn't flow at all, the female character seemed shallowly written, the love scene unexciting and the ending totally unrealistic. What saved An Accidental Wife from some of these same flaws was the great chemistry between the main characters and how they seemed more fleshed-out.
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