From the author:
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.
Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.
To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
I am a big Susan Mallery fan and this book did not disappoint. You’ll find this one in the genre of romance and, while it does have a romance storyline, it’s not the main focus of the book.
Michelle is an injured soldier who returns to her hometown to run an inn left to her in a trust by her mother, but she hasn’t visited home in ten years. She has some significant challenges as she embarks on this new venture: she’s recovering from, and learning to live in the civilian world, with physical and hidden wounds while dealing with financial problems at the Inn and having to deal with a broken friendship. Any one of these things would be hard enough on its own, but add the others in and it brings it to another level.
The story flowed nicely and the subplot and life lessons learned weren’t too far fetched, so it made the story a lot better. One of the biggest issues for me was all the references back to high school ten years prior. Blasts to the past can add or detract from a story and it got old having to keep reading about it over and over. With that being said, it wasn’t so much that it caused me to want to quit the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this book; it was an easy read with some light moments and some darker ones. Lessons learned are always welcomed by me in a book, which this one had.
My rating: 4 Tiaras