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Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.
After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…
Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
I have to be honest and say that I let this review slip up on me and I didn’t start reading until yesterday. I was really worried that I wouldn’t finish in time for the review, but fortunately I did. And the reason I was able to finish on time was because it was a good read and I found myself reading every spare moment I had, which means I finished this book in a day…and not because of the time crunch, but because I enjoyed it that much.
This was such an easy and enjoyable read. I loved Ms. Landry’s writing style and her descriptions. From the very first page I was pulled into her world and she never let go. I thought all the characters were great and well developed. I particularly liked the bit of depth Miranda and Kennedy added to the story, even though they weren’t centrally featured in the book.
I loved Ezra and Charlotte. They were such believable characters and so was their relationship. I could’ve honestly kept reading about their relationship, no conflict and resolution. Just a book about them.
And my heart ached for Ella, even when she was acting like a complete brat, because I knew this was her way of trying to figure out how to cope with something no one her age should have to cope with. Her character was convincing and we saw her grow in a way that I would expect from someone in these circumstances.
Charlotte was also a great character who grew through the story. It was amazing how life like Charlotte felt as I can relate to her character. I have not been in that situation personally, but I’ve watched my husband and his family go through it with the loss of my father-in-law and Ms. Landry nailed the roller coaster of emotions that come with such a devastating circumstance. All the characters dealt with the tragedy in their own true to life way.
This was a classic summer read that left me feeling satisfied and happy.
I don’t really have a whole lot to say here, except that maybe the climax of the book could’ve been a little more dramatic. The situation with Ezra and Charlotte felt forced and put in place for the sole purpose of creating some drama between them instead of being a natural progression. There were some moments that were pretty predictable, but this was one time that didn’t seem to matter.
The writing was great and this was a well developed world filled with believable characters.
I’ve never read Ms. Landry’s work before, but if her other books are anything like this one, then I might have a new author to add to my favorite list.
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visit marielandry.blogspot.ca
or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca