- File Size: 957 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516801369
- Publisher: IndieWrites, Inc. (June 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZSF2Z5U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book tells the story of Layla, one of three childhood friends that left town to find business success in the big city. After she looses her business, her beloved grandmother and great-aunt convince her to come home to help them get the theater up and running. Layla has no interest in coming home to the town who mis-labeled her a wild child like her mother, who abandoned her on her grandmother's doorstep when she was a baby. To protect the investment of the women who raised her, she returns to Shellwater Key.
She is immediately attracted to the director they hire to help them with their venture, Grayson. Layla doesn't want to get involved with him as he is on the heels of a very public divorce from a famous actress...not to mention, Emma's own abandonment issues. Between them, she and Grayson have enough trust issues to squelch any romance, but you root for these two broken people to find a way to heal each other. Their chemistry is palpable, but the story is a sweet romance with no love scenes beyond a few scorching kisses.
There is a secondary story of Layla's mother returning home after thirty years to make amends with her abandoned daughter and disapproving mother. We see three generations of women sort through heart-wrenching emotions and past hurts as they try to put the pieces of their fractured family together. There are many twists and turns, but the story-telling is always meaningful and descriptive.
Both the writing and the character development are wonderful. Ms. Wallace creates a lovable secondary cast of characters that has this reader curious about their backstories, especially Noah, the carpenter who befriends Layla and becomes her biggest support on her journey to forgiveness.
Both books explore complicated family dynamics. The central themes of forgiveness, both of family and of oneself, faith, and fate are woven throughout both books. I'm really looking forward to the next books, which I assume will be the stories of the childhood friends of Layla, Emma and Callie.
Bottom line: This series has tremendous potential. Kristin Wallace is a talented writer who has insight and is perceptive to the small nuances in human interaction. Because of this, I will read the 2nd book in the series because I believe that the characters are now identified and the story line is set, her characters will really begin to grab you.
P.S. Aunt Grace is aptly named. She is the one character that was created with love and care.
Looking forward to the next Shellwater Key Tale. So glad I preordered.
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Loved it. Can't wait to get started on the next sequel. Love her books. Some really good life lessons