Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter
Goodreads Summery:When Samantha Owen's estranged stepfather dies, she inherits his cottage in Nantucket--a place she left years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Sam can't afford to pass up on a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the house and sell it . . . never suspecting that Landon Reed still lives two doors down. As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart . . . or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?
Denise Hunter weaves a heart-tugging tale of shattered trust and enduring love . . . all in a romantic seaside setting.
I read the first few pages of this book in the store and thought it seemed like a good read so I bought it for my Kindle when I got home. Samantha has many secrets and is living with her teenage daughter working two jobs to make ends meet. Her daughter has nothing but attitude and Samantha is worried about the friends she is running around with. She gets word that her stepdad who she hates has died and she inherits his cottage which is worth quite a bit of money. So she sets off for Nantuket to fit it up so she can sell it.
Once she arrives she finds her first and only love Reed still lives on the Island. He still loves her and sets out to prove to her she needs him. Will love win out in the end?
I have to say I was disappointed in this book. I had trouble finishing it. I was interested enough to push through though. The climax was somewhat predictable. I liked Samantha but I also felt like I never got to know her. I found myself more interested in Reed. The story line was deep and I could see how the author was connecting how God loves us with the story of Samantha and Reed and her daughter. I also felt Samantha was a bit self centered and could not see past the end of her nose. Her daughter was not much better. I did like Reed though he showed what true love is all about and he never gave up even when Samantha gave him some troubling news and did some crazy things.
The Steamy level is 1.
I also bought the 2nd book of this series The Convenient Groom and I am hopeful I will enjoy it more.