Emily must realize that her dreams didn’t have to die with her first love. When Emily Shaw, a young widow, learns that her late husband’s last surprise for her involves returning to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to realize an old dream of theirs, she reluctantly embarks on a summer of discovery in the midst of grief. There, in the oasis of the beach community, she meets a host of townspeople with their own broken dreams and unexpected situations. As the island citizens divide over the fate of a nostalgic bridge, Emily happens upon a man who just may be the one to restore her faith in dreams, hope, and possibly love.
I haven’t read any contemporary romances recently, so I picked up this book through the Book Look Bloggers program. It’s a sweet romance, pretty straightforward: girl with emotional baggage doesn’t want to move on, she finally does and finds love again. It’s an okay story, but I found it really hard to get into (I actually set it down for a couple of weeks and forgot I had to finish reading it for the review). The characters are pretty stereotypical, and there’s lots of thinking and remembering at the beginning, which is one of the reasons I couldn’t get into it. I appreciate that romances are pretty formulaic, but there wasn’t really anything surprising about this, which I would have enjoyed (in all fairness, I skimmed quite a bit, so I might have skipped over it).
If you’re looking for the unexpected and surprising, this probably isn’t for you, but if you like a straightforward romance with no surprises, you’ll enjoy it.