Shelley Anderson and her two children, 8-year old Josh and 6-year old Emily, have decided to spend the summer at Pilgrim Cove. She thinks it will give her family the much-needed respite following a painful divorce. When she meets with Bart Quinn, the Realtor who placed the ad for the beach house rentals, he quickly realizes that the Sea View house is in order as this family needs its healing magic. And, the widower Daniel Stone is already occupying the upper unit of the house with his special dog, Jessie.
I just loved this story! Shelley’s husband, Carl, cheated on her and that led to her walking away, especially since there was no indication that he’d change his ways. Daniel’s wife died and he has yet to move on. Shelley’s children missed their father but he could be neglectful in keeping dates with them and they were still hurting. It was a perfect storm when all of them met, Shelley stirring something in Daniel and he appealing to her on so many levels, one being his natural bonding with her children. Their family events ranged from the mundane to the extraordinary, all leading to their deepening affections with each other. When Shelley’s ex-husband decides to run for political office, he creates a level of conflict that threatens the harmony his children had discovered being on the island.
One of the things I’m loving about this series is the charm of the folks living in Pilgrim Cove. They are multigenerational and look out for each other, illustrating the value of having grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins be a part of young children’s lives (and adults!). It’s done so beautifully in this story that I felt like I was in the town and knew these people. The sense of community is so strong, including the downside of everyone knowing your business. The narrator adds to the enjoyment by telling the story so well and adeptly capturing the personalities of the characters. I’m so glad I opted to listen to this series and highly recommend this format. It’s just been a special experience. I’m dreading reaching the end.
- Release Date: December 31, 2018
- Series: Pilgrim Cove #2
- Narrator: Coleen Arno
- Audio Length: 6 hours, 21 minutes
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(I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)