December 1, 2009
Avon, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Rating: 4 Cups
The changes in the sheltered Cape Cod community of Birch Point have not always been welcome, but Holly Barrett loves the area and cannot imagine living anywhere else. When her parents died, and she was left alone to care for her daughter, the stability of her family home and her nearby grandfather gave Holly the strength she needed.
Leaving the past behind, wiping the slate clean, and moving forward is Jack Dane’s mantra for life. He prefers never to speak or even think of his childhood in England and evades any attempts to do so.
Always having been a shy person, Holly finds it unbelievable that a man as smart and gorgeous as Jack could see anything in her; even speaking to him has her heart racing and a blush staining her cheeks. Holly’s innocence is like a beacon of light for Jack, but when he finds out she has a daughter, his first instinct is to flee. Henry Barrett notices how his granddaughter feels about this new man in her life, and sets about changing Jack’s mind about little Katy. It does not take long before both Holly and Katy have completely fallen in love with Jack, and he feels exactly the same, but the past has a way of not staying buried, and with its return, Holly’s world is about to implode.
How well do we really know one another, and how much do you think that knowledge could affect your love for each other? Mystery is all part of the appeal, but at some point where do you need to draw the line? For Holly, I feel she ignored this boundary, especially with a young child involved. However, this is an absolutely amazing novel, and had me so completely engrossed from the very beginning, I could not put it down.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More