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The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Published by Mira Books on April 23, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Pages: 373
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight Harbor
Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.
As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.
Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.

This was a fun quick read that is a perfect book to read by the pool this summer. Celeste runs back home to family after learning that her boyfriend was cheating on her. This story of healing a broken heart, and coming to learn that she can find love again. And with a town filled with eligible bachelors there are plenty of guys to chose from she has plenty of opportunity to love again.

This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek #8) by Brenda Novak

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This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8) by Brenda Novak
Published by Mira Books on March 31, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 400


First love. Second chance? As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him-especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next. Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming. Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both!

This book had me crying throughout most of it. Phoenix has gone through so much as a person, she’s done her time in prison. But she just can not escape the judgement and hatred of people in the small town of Whiskey Creek. All she wants to do is to be a mother to her 17 year old son, the child she’s never had the chance to know. Jacob is her sole focus right now, well that and taking care of her recluse hoarder of a mother. Phoenix is a scared woman who just wants to be left alone, her pride is great and she has a hard time accepting help from anyone. She makes the right choices, does the right things but she just can not get a break from anyone but her son and her sons’ father Riley. The story of Phoenix over coming her past, pushing through her difficulties and really trying to do the right thing is just great. My heart ached for what she went through and I cheered as she started to accept the good things that were coming her way. I liked that she stood up for herself and others when needed, but was more than willing to walk away to avoid a conflict when she could. She is the kind of woman I admire for pushing through her hardships and making something of herself. Riley also was a great character, his initial reluctance to accept Phoenix into his sons life was realistic, but he put his sons needs ahead of his own. Then as he got to know Phoenix slowly he thought for himself and let Phoenix and her actions dictate how he felt about her and not his family and the family of the girl that was killed in an accident the Phoenix was involved in. Once Riley made up his mind to trust Phoenix he became her protector, but he didn’t try to push his way into her life taking over. He recognized her pride and the need she had to prove herself. Which couldn’t have been easy. This was a fairly quick read, and I really enjoyed the book