Release Date: February 4, 2014
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 Annie’s life is about to get a lot more complicated.
Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years, Navy SEAL Will Dozier has no intention of selling his grandparents’ property to a developer. As he works on renovating the house and trying to find another buyer, he’s forced to face a painful reality—that he’s secretly struggling with PTSD. Determined to hide his troubles from the rest of the islanders, 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 book is a lot of things, a touching love story, two characters struggling with PTSD and a woman trying to overcome abandonment issues. It is also a story of a small and charming community on Heron Island with its loveable, sometimes quirky, but unforgettable inhabitants. The tender love story between Will and Annie was so nice to read, I was rooting for them the whole time. I am an animal lover so I thought that dogs as characters in the book was a nice touch to the story. This book dealt with some really tough issues such as PTSD and school shootings, Sophie Moss wrote about them in a respectful and thoughtful manner. I like books with a small town, close-knit community theme and this book had that. The character of Taylor, Annie’s daughter, was so well-developed, the trauma that Taylor went through and the coping skills she used as a result were so well written, you can tell this author really did her research and I commend her for that.