Abby Donavan came to the small beach community of Crystal Cove to start over. After a painful affair broke her heart and derailed her burgeoning career, taking over management for the just-opened bed-and-breakfast was the safe choice. In this sleepy town, Abby figured she could bury her memories and forget the pain.
When the chance to have her own hotel falls into her lap, though, she can’t resist the temptation. Making the old Riverside Inn into the showplace she’s always dreamed of running offers the second chance she never expected.
Abby didn’t expect another kind of second chance to land on her doorstep at the same time. Ryland Kent wants to help her bring the Riverside back to life, and his passion for restoration is irresistible. But as much as she wants to ignore it, she can’t help seeing another spark in his eyes . . . one that offers to reignite her own flame.
Sometimes the path to a happily-ever-after is anything but smooth.
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Abby is one of the strongest women I have met in Crystal Cove. She has her own secrets that she has been hiding for a long time, but keeps most people at an arm's length and puts on a relatively convincing front that all is okay. She does allow a few people to get a little close to her, but her scars still feel fresh. Even her closest friends don't know everything that happened to her.
Ryland is new to Crystal Cove, hired to be the person who can help make her dreams come true, but will also cause her the most conflict along the way. But those who cause the greatest conflict tend to end up being the best things for us.
The heat between Abby and Ryland is intense, but I like how they are able to temper it and still find a way to work together. Both of them grow a lot as they learn how to compromise and become more accepting not only of themselves, but the opinions of others.
There is one particular relationship from the past that Abby mends that did actually cause me to have some wetness on my face.
I do love visiting everyone in Crystal Cove and have enjoyed Abby's story just as much as the others.
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