Published by Graydon House on February 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance
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Two families, three generations and a lie that almost destroys them. Is their love strong enough to heal old wounds?
Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers' Inn, perched at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae's grandparents, Lilly and George. Their childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love--a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe's unexpected departure. Mae grew up, got over her heartbreak and started a life for herself in New York City. After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay. Hoping to find solace within the Summers' Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline with their past unraveling around her. A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of this unconventional family's happiness. Will they be able to reclaim the past and come together, or will they remain separate islands?
From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a powerful story about guilt, forgiveness and the truth about families: that we can choose them, just as we choose to love.
This is a story that is set in Alexandria Bay, New York, near the St. Lawrence River, and a follows three generations of a family through their struggles and their love for one another. Mae thought she had it all, a great man who she was going to marry, a good business and a happy life ahead of her. Peter, her fiance however, is a thief. He has stolen money from the company and up and disappeared, leaving Mae to deal with the repercussions and the authorities. All while trying to mend her broken heart. Where do you go when your world is upside down, you go back home. Where you feel safe and loved.
At an early age, Mar was taken in by her Grandparents after her parents were killed in an accident, and did a great job raising her. They loved her dearly, and were very caring. They had also took a boy under their wing, that had a pretty awful home life. Mae and Gabe grew up together, but as adults they went their separate ways. His father is sick, and after her ordeal, they both end up right back where they started. It was kinda obvious that there was some history between them, but it wasn’t clear at first exactly what. Mae’s Grandparents are having some troubles too, and it has an affect on Mae’s life too.
We are introduced to quite a few characters at the beginning of the story, Mae being the main one though. I felt awful for her for what she had been through. At the same time, I had a hard time believing that she so oblivious to Peter’s actions. Was she really that blinded by love, or just naive? She spent a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, and she didn’t really change through out the story so I had a hard time connecting with her. And Peter, his part was short, but he was just an ass for leaving, and with only a note that said, “I’m sorry”. Really..
This is written in third person narration and with so many histories being told, from the Grandparents, Gabe’s past and his Father’s at times it was a lot to take in. So many secrets, secrets that from all sides that affect all of them. How they all intertwined was nicely done though, and Gabe’s childhood was soemthing that just broke my heart. I was happy to see that Mae and Gabe were able to build something together after all the turmoil, even if it was a little rushed towards the end.
Even though I had a couple of issues while reading this, it was still an enjoyable read for me. It touched on so many things, family secrets, grief, love and forgiveness. And it is one that I would certainly say give a try.
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