By Lisa Dale
From the back of the book:
Fifteen years ago, Garret Sorensen’s family, trust, and heart were destroyed when Thea Celik married his brother. Now that her marriage is ending in divorce, Garret finally feels free to mend his relationship with his brother and put the past behind him. But the quaint streets and bustling piers of Newport, Rhode Island, trigger a lot of memories – all leading back to Thea.
Just my opinion:
What a great summer read! Here are three people – Garret, Jonathan and Thea – who grew up, lived together and shared everything together. As teens, Thea fell deeply in love with Garret, but due to circumstances, married Jonathan. Garret hurt her and broke her heart and Jonathan offered to pick up the pieces. However, the marriage threw Garret into a rage and he disowned his brother and refused to attend family events if Jonathan and Thea were in attendance.
Now, Jonathan and Thea are divorcing and Garret sees it as an opportunity to mend fences with Jonathan. It’s also a chance to get to know his niece, their daughter. Garret finds every chance to blame Thea for the divorce – after all, she’s wicked and thoughtless and obviously, she must have done something to cause Jonathan to leave.
On the other hand, as he comes more and more into contact with Thea, he begins to question his rash decisions, both now and when they were young. Does he still harbor feelings for her? Does she for him?
This is a wonderfully written book full of emotion and twists and turns within relationships. The characters are well-developed and you’ll find yourself loving some and hating others.
It’s a great summer read, so toss it into your beach bag, find a quiet spot and open the cover. Warning: Be prepared to spend the day with this book … it’s a page-turner!
Some favorite passages from the book:
When we walk through fire – and we all do at some point – we come out the other side to find ourselves altered. If we’re lucky, we become richer, more complex, more alluring people because of our trials. But sometimes, we just get burned.
No matter how distant we get from our beginnings, we’re never very far away at all.
Where logic and emotions competed, emotion usually won.
If she made a self-discovery, it was not that she’d discovered who she was – but rather, who she wasn’t.
To assure another person It’s okay was also to acknowledge that something was wrong.
When a good friend offers you a gift, you don’t say no.