When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents’ property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him “get his head straight.” The last thing Will expects is to fall in love…with his hometown and with Annie. But Will’s life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie’s love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
This was a sweet and romantic story that I was given the chance to review in exchange for my honest opinion. Annie is a single mom that wants to make a life for her and her daughter, Taylor. As a parent, there is nothing you won’t do to help your child, especially after a tragic event.
Will is a Navy SEAL that is battling his own demons and comes home to take care of some family business. His decision not to sell to a developer has a direct impact on how Annie is going to make a life for her and Taylor. I like the way that Will and Taylor connect and find a common ground in their pain. No good love story is perfect and I like the twists and turns that Ms. Moss has integrated into the story to give it a realistic feel and to make it worthwhile. I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay is right around the corner. It was nice to sink into a book that felt like home and with characters that I could bond with. I will be checking out more books from this talented author.