by Beth Kendrick
ebook, Trade paperback
Back of Book:
Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to the Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.
Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn’t be kissing him. She definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything....
~ My Thoughts ~
Have you heard of Santa Claus, Indiana? As the name might suggest, the town does Christmas in a big way. All. Year. Long.
Welcome to Black Dog Bay. Where our lead stays at the Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast. Where the Eat Your Heart Out Bakery and Rebound Salon exist. Where the Retail Therapy boutique has clothes sorted by stages of breakup recovery. Oh, don't forget the Whinery. huh, maybe I'm liking these names too much, shrug. You get the idea. This one is going to be heart wrenching and funny and I'm looking forward to more. I can't wait to see Summer meet the owner of huge, very visible, doesn't-match-the-neighborhood, purple mansion.
back to reading . . .
dang, I'm wishing I drank! Or at least knew more about alcohol. I love the symbolism of the first drink the bartender puts together for Summer!
Another dang. I was thinking I'd like to own a bookstore here but they already have one.
"I try to keep it stocked with everything you might want during a breakup: self-help, romances, and of course murder mystery and suspense. There's nothing like a good serial killer story to soothe your shattered nerves."
:-D back to reading . . .
where are the tissues? ahem, okay . . .
Why haven't I read anything by this author before?! I cried at "I love you but not enough" then I laughed when Summer ran through the rose bushes. I cheered at a toilet paper incident. I started crying happy tears when I figured out the message.
I ignored the housework (even more than usual), forgot to eat, and became immersed in the lives of the people of Black Dog Bay and am disappointed the book is over. Happy the way it ended but still disappointed it is over.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of NetGalley and is being reviewed as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.
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