An inspiring story about moving on despite trauma and unbearable grief
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for Summer at Hope Haven by Kristin Harper.
Summer at Hope Haven is an emotional story about moving on even after losing everything you hold dear.
Title: Summer at Hope Haven by Kristin Harper.
Publisher: Bookouture (August 25, 2020)
Print Lenght: 275 pages
Making her way up the cedar-lined driveway, tears fill her eyes at the sight of the cottage’s faded trim and peeling turquoise shutters. Taking a deep breath, she grasps the heart-shaped iron door handle and steps inside the once-happy childhood home she’s been avoiding. It is time to face up to the past…
When Emily’s fiancé walks out on her while she’s still grieving the loss of her family in a terrible accident, she escapes back to Hope Haven on the remote Dune Island, where her family vacationed every summer. Emily hopes that fixing up the house will also mend her broken heart, but the cottage holds more than just bittersweet childhood memories. Emptying her father’s antique writing desk, Emily finds a letter that reveals a devastating secret about her parents.
With a head full of questions that can never be answered, it seems like returning to the island was the worst decision Emily ever made… until she meets Lucas Socorro, saltwater dripping from his dark curls after a surf session. As they take long walks on the soft sand, and talk late into the firefly-lit night, Emily wonders if Dr Luke—as the kids in the hospital call him—could be the one to help her heal. With Luke holding her hand, delving into her family’s painful past is a little easier.
Painting the gloomy cottage walls the colour of seashells, and revamping her grandmother’s flea-market furniture, Emily starts to feel she might call Dune Island home for good—and that she could build that home right here with Luke. But when Emily’s family secret spreads through a network of local gossips, her fragile heart breaks all over again. Luke is the only one who could have started the rumours. Was she wrong to trust him so easily?
As the sun sets behind the dunes, Emily has a difficult decision to make. Does she pack her bags and leave the island for good? Or take a risk that Hope Haven has everything she’s been looking for?
A beautiful and emotional read that will make you long to feel the sand beneath your feet. Perfect for fans of Nancy Thayer, Tracy Brogan and Mary Alice Monroe.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Emily Vandermark was an artist that lost her parents and brother in a helicopter accident a year before.
Drowned in grief, she had a hard time resuming her life, and, to make matters worse, she was abandoned by her fiancé.
Trying to survive the unbearable sadness, she decided to spend summer at the family cottage in Hope Haven Island, where she was welcomed by her childhood friend Wilson and his wife, Collette.
Summer at Hope Haven is a story of extreme grief, and the challenge of keep living after everyone you love is gone.
The side characters were interesting, and there was a great sense of friendship and community.
Emily was very fragile inside and out, and it was painful to see how she had to cope with her loss and resume her life. It was so hard for her to let people in and open herself to love again.
Lucas was a wonderful hero. He had an innate capacity to understand Emily’s pain and respect her boundaries.
The setting is lovely, and the characters do a lot of fishing, picnicking, and walking by the sea.
Summer at Hope Haven is an emotional and inspiring contemporary romance.
Warning: Bereavement and depression.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Ever since she was a young girl, there were few things Kristin liked more than creative writing and spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family. Eventually (after a succession of jobs that bored her to tears), she found a way to combine those two passions by becoming a women’s fiction author whose stories occur in oceanside settings. While Kristin doesn’t live on the Cape year-round, she escapes to the beach whenever she can.