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#REVIEW #NEW #RELEASE TODAY, SEPT 9th! "Summer at Hideaway Key" by Barbara Davis
From the author of The Wishing Tide comes a stunning new novel about two summers, one journal, and the secrets that can break and open our hearts....
Pragmatic, independent Lily St. Claire has never been a beachgoer. But when her late father leaves her a small house on Hideaway Key—one neither her mother nor she knew he owned—she’s determined to visit the sleepy spit of land along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Expecting a quaint cottage, Lily instead finds a bungalow with peeling shutters and mountains of memorabilia. She also catches a glimpse of the architect who lives down the beach….
But it’s the carton of old journals in the front room that she finds most intriguing. The journals were written by her mother’s sister, an infamous beauty whose name has long been banned from the St. Claire home. The journals tell a family tale Lily has never heard, of her mother and her aunt as young girls in Tennessee and the secrets that followed them into adulthood. As she reads, Lily gains a new understanding: about her family and about herself. And she begins to open her heart—to this place, these people, and the man next door. But can she ever truly learn to trust, to believe that love is not a trap but a harbor? And is it true that hearts, even broken ones, can be forged anew?
This was my first Barbara Davis book, and it won’t be my last! I loved this book! My favorite part was reading the journals! They answered ALL the questions!
Lily’s father, Roland St Claire passes away and surprise!! He left her the cottage that belonged to her mother, Caroline, and her aunt, Lily-Mae at Hideaway Bay to Lily! She wasn’t super happy to see that it needed a LOT of renovations to be done to it, but what she found inside was pretty special! Journals! The odd thing was why the cottage was left to her in such a roundabout way, almost so her mother wouldn’t know. She ends up finding all of these letters and journals that answer ALL the questions about the riff these two sisters have had over all these years and it finally makes sense to Lily. They were literal eye openers that answered every question she ever had.
It was a wonderful thing that Lily got to read these because she was able to have a lot of closure from them.
I highly recommend reading this author’s books! I’m a dedicated reader now just after this ONE book!
I was given this book from Penguin/NAL to read in exchange for writing a review of my own opinion.