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- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (May 11, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 11, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B8STMQL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a wonderful love story that really showed you the power of guilt over somebody’s life.... first of all what a lovely setting... The seaside village of Castle Cove.... The sun, the sea, the sand, and this wonderful café, how can you help but fall in love?
Alice and Jay both have so much guilt and grief in their lives, it pretty much has dictated how they’ve lived to this point.... Alice feels the need to live an adventurous life... that is what her mother would have wanted for her... A life filled with triathlons and traveling to exotic places... it definitely does not include living a “boring“ life in Castle Cove or falling in love.... Jay is consumed with guilt and the need to keep everyone around him safe.... can he let someone new into his heart? And will he be able to let go of his need to keep control of everything around him? Even Superman couldn’t keep everybody safe and had an occasional day off...
This love story was so charming and real... and admittedly frustrating at times... there were times in this book I wanted to reach through those pages and knock some sense into both Alice and Jay... how could they not see what was right in front of them? Thank goodness that Jay’s mother and Alice‘s father could talk some sense into them (sort of) Beautiful romance in a lovely setting... hope to see some more books set in Castle Cove....
Strongly recommend to those who enjoy a very realistic romance💕
*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this wonderful book ***
Jay O’Donnell is a member of the lifeboats crew, a carpenter, and been in Castle Cove since childhood. He’s always been one who was ‘responsible’ and protected others from harm: even if they don’t want it. When he comes across Alice biking to work in stormy weather, without headlamps, he takes it upon himself to follow her and keep her from harm. Thus begins their back and forth, as both have walls up and secrets that keep them from actually trusting or engaging fully. Through challenges and rescues, Alice is convinced there’s more to Jay’s story than she knows, yet the seeming complicity to keep her in the dark is frustrating. Through struggles and growth, the attraction between the two cannot be denied, but Jay’s walls and pushing Alice further and further away become too much, and she heads off to Thailand, triathlon unfinished and weeks earlier than planned.
Throughout the story Alice’s ocd tendencies become less of a shortcoming for her and others, as people rely on her ‘quirks’ and organization – since most of it makes sense and their live easier. Fitting in comfortably with Cath, and welcomed (mostly) by the locals, there’s plenty of opportunity for Alice to grow and discover that adventure isn’t everything, and perhaps finding a place with friends, love and potential is all she needs. Clever plotting with issues that are large, but not insurmountable, Alice’s need to organize becomes less a disorder and more her personality – as she comes to lean that being busy isn’t actually solving anything, and perhaps thinking and talking things through are more important to her future and potential. A lovely debut that has me wanting more from Castle Cove just to see how everyone has fared.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Jay has lived in Castle Cove nearly all his life. He holds much of who he is inside. His passion is being part of the team who ride in lifeboats to rescue people in danger. He sings at the local pub, he is a talented carpenter and he keeps a close watch on his mother. In all things, he is conscientious. Now things are about to change for him.
Alice and Jay are almost immediately attracted to one another. But, each of them hold secrets.
There are secondary characters who add a great deal to the story. Cath works in the cafe with Alice. She is in a relationship with one man but still holding another man in her heart.
There are other villagers who add to the depth of the story. In a small town, of course the postman knows everyone's story. That is part of a small town's charm. Each of the secondary characters have their own history which makes them very much important parts of the village.
There was much I enjoyed about this book. There were a few things which simply did not feel right to me. I felt that Alice dithered too long about her life changing decisions. And Jay's withholding information from Alice seemed foolish since they were in a village where everyone knew his history.
I liked both Alice and Jay. I enjoyed the conversations which emphasized their differences but those differences did not keep them from being attracted to one another. Each of them are intelligent and responsible people who have a strong sense of caring for their fellow man.
I am drawn to stories which include humor and this book includes a goodly amount of humor. The teasing between long time friends had a feeling of reality.
This is a story which had ups and downs for me, but overall it was a book I would recommend to someone seeking a feel good story.
I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own.
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