Publish Date: May 29, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: "The Brass Ring" by Lisa Jackson - It's a beautiful June day, perfect for a wedding - until Shawna learns that her fiance, Parker, has been involved in a car crash. Though his injuries heal, his memories of her are gone. Yet Shawna won't stop reaching to reclaim the love they once shared...
"June's Lace" by Cathy Lamb - June MacKenna is done - with her high-pressure legal career, her cheating soon-to-be-ex, and the stress of city living. In her studio on the Oregon coast, she creates beautiful lace wedding dresses, with no intention of ever wearing one again herself. Then songwriter Reece rents the house next door, and sets out to change her mind...
"Second Chance Sweethearts" by Holly Chamberlin - Thea Foss is putting a bad marriage behind her in the pretty vacation town of Ogunquit, Maine. What's past is past...Until her first love wanders into the local diner, reminding Thea of the person she once was, and the life it's not too late to claim...
"Carolina Summer" by Rosalind Noonan - Jane Doyle needs to get out of New York - the farther the better. She's headed toward Florida, but thanks to a storm along North Carolina's Outer Banks, she finds herself stranded in a beautiful, remote town that soon feels a lot like home. And thanks to the local sheriff, she finds herself staying longer than she planned - and feeling less lost at sea than ever...
Review: “The Brass Ring” by Lisa Jackson: On the night before Shawna McGuire’s marriage to Parker Harrison, they are torn apart by a devastating car accident. Now Parker doesn’t remember Shawna, but Shawna refuses to give up on him and their love. Even though I loved the writing, “The Brass Ring” was not my favorite story in this collection. I thought Shawna was desperately pushy and Parker was a jerk. I liked Shawna’s brother, Jake, as he seemed to be the most stable character in the story. I had mixed feelings when I read this vacillating from enjoyment to wanting to slap a character or two.
“June’s Lace” by Cathy Lamb: June is going through a difficult divorce and trying to make her wedding dress designer’s business a true success. She doesn’t believe in marriage (and possibly love) anymore while fashioning the beautiful gowns for other people’s weddings. When a ‘sneaker wave’ hits June from behind, she is rescued by a compelling and sweet man named Reece. Reece is a rancher and a country song writer who deeply believes in the power of love. “June’s Lace” was my absolute favorite story in this collection. I adored the characters – all of them, not just June and Reece. June’s family is a riot! I love how Reece has a flair for the simple, yet touching shows of affection. A beautiful story which will touch your heart powerfully.
"Second Chance Sweethearts" by Holly Chamberlin: Thea’s left her abusive husband and is trying to start over in small town Maine. While waitressing one night, she sees him: Hugh Landry, her first true love. Thea and Hugh start spending a lot of time together rediscovering each other. Yet insecurities and a dangerous ex have Thea wondering if this is real or just a cruel twist of fate. I liked “Second Chance Sweethearts” because it was sweet, endearing, and even a little bittersweet. Hugh and Thea and magnificent together and I love both Thea’s landlady Alice and Alice’s cat!
"Carolina Summer" by Rosalind Noonan: Jane Doyle is on the run from a killer who, as he sits in jail, is sending hitmen after her. She’s traveling down to Florida to stay with her brother, but along the way, she stops in a small town in the Outer Banks. She’s scared and exhausted, but the people there look out and care for her, even though she’s not local. What was going to be an overnight stay turned into months and what was thankfulness to the town sheriff, Coop, has turned into so much more. “Carolina Summer” is set in a beautiful location with caring and thoughtful residents who will take a scared and lonely woman under their wing.