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I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book, and I literally could not put it down once I started!
The book takes us back to Sanctuary Island, and tells us the story of Ella Preston and her sister, Merry, who are on their way to SI so that Merry can reconnect with their mother. Now, I should probably make myself clear, MERRY is the one that actually wants to be on Sanctuary meeting up with here mother. Ella is watching over her and making sure she doesn't get hurt in the process. What is a good book without a stubborn woman, right? ;)
Right when they arrive, Ella meets the mysterious Grady Walker, and for reasons she can't really figure out, she wants to know more about him, and the shadows in his eyes.
Personally, I think Grady is the PERFECT person for Ella to fall for- he has his scars, literally and figuratively- and needs a VERY strong woman that can help break down his walls and get past his demons. He also needed to be strong for Ella in different ways, to help her grow personally, as well as with her sister and her estranged mother.
The story unfolded beautifully, with plenty of character development and growth, without jumping in to things too quickly. I feel like there are too many romance novels out there, with the hero and heroine jumping in to bed with one another right off the bat. With this book however, I feel is was necessary for the two of them to have a friendship first before something more was able to develop. Lily did that PERFECTLY.
From beginning to end I was hooked. If you are looking for a heart string tugging, emotional journey, pack your bags and get ready to head off to Sanctuary Island for the amazing tale of Grady and Ella. You will not regret it! Already counting down to Merry's story coming out in January. :)
I found myself fully engaged in their emotional struggles in a way I rarely am in this genre. The plot
arises organically from their natures and their histories, so it all feels very true. Most importantly,
though, is the way the natural beauty of Sanctuary Island permeates the whole story, affecting all the
characters in fundamental ways. The author's love for the setting gives this work a glow that lasts long
after you put the book down. You'd have to be made of cold concrete not to love Lily Everett's work.
(4 stars because 5 is reserved for all-time favorite books.)
I read all three of Everett's novellas earlier this month (if you haven't read them--hurry! They're fantastic!) and fell in love with Sanctuary Island. They made me wish I could take a vacation there. I can't wait for the next book in the series with Ben and Merry!
I love the healing quality and the beautiful descriptions of Sanctuary Island. What an amazing place--if it actually existed--but I will be content with my first journey and look forward to the next book in the series.
Thank you, Ms. Everett, for such a wonderful read!
Ella grew up fast. Her mother was an alcoholic and in her early years Ella spent a lot of time dealing with her mothers mood swings, the fear of people finding out, and taking care of her younger sister. When her father finally left Jo Ellen, taking Ella and Merry with him, Ella felt very responsible for Merry. Often her father was working 2 jobs to support them, leaving the girls alone often. Jo Ellen got treatment with the help of her Aunt from Sanctuary Island, but she has never seen her girls since they left with their father. Despite weekly letters and requests to see them, it has never happened.
Now Ella and Merry are grown up. Ella is on forced leave from her job, close to burn out, and Merry is quite pregnant and single. Together, at Merry's request, they decide to travel to Sanctuary Island to reunite with their mother at long last. This is not a trip Ella wants to make, but she is still very protective of Merry, so she goes along with it. Ella guards her heart and her sister. Her life seems to be her work and her sister. She has had therapy over the years, but the hurt, anger, and distrust of her mother is still inside of her.
Ella is miserable, bitter, and angry that she is on isolated, tiny Sanctuary Island. One of the first person she runs into is Grady...what starts out as annoyance and anger with him quickly turns into unwanted attraction - for both of them.
"...Grady felt electricity arc between them in a flash of heat and awareness. Her eyes widened with it, and she stumbled back a pace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What first attracted me to this book was horses on the cover. I enjoyed the island setting but found I just couldn't get that into the characters for some reason. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cindy H.
interesting story, light reading if not somewhat predictablePublished 18 months ago by patricia holm
All the elements of a romance novel including the misunderstanding and dramatic rescue at the end. Totally predictable. Light reading.Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
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There was plenty of give and take between the characters. Foreshadowing allowed me to guess a couple of twists before they happened, but I like that. Good story, well told.Published 20 months ago by Happy Quilter
Good book - easy reading. Made me want to read the next in the series.Published 21 months ago by Jacqueline K. Talley