My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. It was a wonderful glimpse of summer in the middle of winter. I especially loved that it took place on Emerald Isle – the beaches of my childhood. Grace Greene has nailed that elusive sense of peace we look for while making a life. This is the perfect beach read.
Juli Cooke has been tossed about by life’s waves. Dying Ben Bradshaw offers her temporary harbor(and a financial settlement) when he asks her to marry him. She surprises herself by accepting his offer. Suspicious Luke Winters, Ben’s best friend, assumes that Juli is taking advantage of the dying man and lets her know that he is watching her very closely.
When Ben dies, everything changes. As she comes to grips with losing the man who became her dear friend in the short time they had together, she also comes to like the woman she has grown into by knowing him. And her temporary harbor becomes more permanent as she discovers that gifts Ben left her are more than monetary and that real love comes in many forms.
Grab a glass of tea, curl up on a porch rocker and ride the waves as hard-working Juli Cooke finally gets a taste of the healing power of the ocean.