Stay: A Love Story
by Tracy Ewens
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2024
If only life were as simple as checking things off a list.
Clara Mar is a world-renowned cellist. As a sought-after soloist, her life has been planned and executed by a team of professionals since she was eight years old. Now, reeling from a messy and public breakup with a fiancé she never loved and the fallout from an explosive family lie, Clara arrives in Bodega Bay as the unexpected recipient of her grandfather’s historic inn.
Well, half the inn.
Dylan Pace is Bodega Bay’s own hometown hero. From working Search and Rescue to picking up shifts as a paramedic with the local fire department, his life was the job. Until he blew out his knee for the last time. Scrambling for a new direction, Dylan is shocked when Mr. Levinson, his recently deceased mentor, leaves him part of the famous Inn by the Bay.
Clara and Dylan quickly discover the inn comes with a series of last requests, specifically six months under the same roof. Determined to make the best of things, they begin ticking off the list before the summer reopening. But, reconciling an unshared past with attraction neither can deny, and Clara’s anticipated return to the spotlight forces them to grapple with expectations, old wounds, and what it means to stay.
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alcoholism recovery, infidelity, childhood poverty, parental emotional abuse
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Tracy Ewens has been and always will be a one-click for me. I absolutely love everything about her writing. When I read her books, I feel like I'm there in person. She has such a descriptive way of writing.
Stay is no exception. Clara and Dylan have both inherited an Inn and it starts of rather rocky for them. In the end, they are a strong team, both personally and in running the Inn.
They are both dealing with abandonment issues and the way the author navigates their issues and the healing process doesn’t take you down the overly written drama path which I appreciate.
I received an ARC from the author and NetGalley in exhange for my unbiased opinion.
I loved this story. The wonderful small town and the imperfect characters…it was just perfect. The storytelling is great and I really felt like I got to know Clara and Dylan. I read this in just two days and didn’t want the story to end. So Good!
Bodega Bay is home to tourists, fishing and matchmaking. Unbeknownst to Clara she has another family, her birth father grew up in the small town and her grandfather called her back. He was pretty sneaky about it, giving her an inn to fix and revitalize with a partner, only after he’d passed away. I loved learning with Clara, about herself, her family and the town. Dylan was a big part of her growth and she for him. I’m in love with this entire series as it connects a small town and many relationships with love and family, and not always blood related. Beautifully written to be romantic and soulful. My copy cam through NetGalley and I wrote my review voluntarily.
I love the way this author writes! It is rare to find an author who has yet to write a story I do not love! Oh, her stories give me all the feels!!
This is the story of Clara and Dylan who on paper might look like they are not similar at all, but underneath they have a lot in common. They are both so sweet and kind and I loved them! They both have not so great families, not so great pasts, lots of issues to deal with, but they also have a lot of room to grow and become even more amazing! Really I loved them both so so much and wanted nothing but the best for them.
Clara is a world-renowned cellist who never had much of a childhood. She has been touring and playing her music and that is about it. Until she inherits half an inn which gives her the perfect opportunity to take a break and really think about what she wants out of her life. To get to know the family she never knew she had, to figure herself out. She was so wonderful and I really loved reading her story.
Dylan had a rough upbringing too with seemingly everyone he ever cared for leaving him...so he is not going to let someone in again. He can't. He won't. Only when he inherits half the inn as well and must work together with Clara well...things get interesting.
This was such a fun read, I loved everything about it and it makes me want to go back and re-read some of the prior books just to feel the magic a little bit longer. I love this author and this was another great read.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book
Clara Mar has been a sought-after soloist since childhood. Her life has been controlled by a team of professionals but with the very public breakup with a fiancé she never loved and the fallout from an explosive family lie, Clara arrives in Bodega Bay as the unexpected recipient of her grandfather’s historic inn. The twist is that she shares ownership with Dylan Pace. He is Bodega Bay’s own hometown hero, working in search and rescue as a paramedic. However, when an injury forces him to consider his future, the inheritance of Dylan Pace, he is shocked. Together, Clara and Dylan must work together so that they can open the inn in record time. Along the way, they find themselves fighting their attraction to each other.
I enjoyed the connection between these two very different characters. The gradual reveal of their pasts was cleverly interwoven into the storyline, bringing to light their painful past. Dylan has had a troubled childhood but has risen above this with the help of some wonderful people. In contrast, Clara has lived a very sterile life and it was a delight to see her expand her horizons and to take risks. An entertaining read.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The story of Clara and Dylan who meet when the jointly inherit her grandfather's inn together. Forced to spend time together due to the terms of the will, these opposites attract. I loved both main characters and wanted everything to work out for them.
Love Tracy Ewens! This one does not disappoint. Her characters are lovely, the dialogue is great and the love scenes are so beautifully written. Tracy Ewens is the queen of well written, sensual, spicy scenes. It’s why I keep coming back for more.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this ARC publication for an honest review.
This is my first Tracy Ewens book and I really enjoyed her writing. The book "Stay" was apparently number 14 in a series. While I got the feeling a couple of the side characters may have had their own book in the past, it did not detract from the current one.
This book centers around Clara who is a brilliant cellist. Her whole life has been controlled/manipulated by her emotionally abusive parents. Clara has recently been cheated on and publicly dumped by her fiancé (basically an arranged relationship...) To add to this major life disruption, she also discovers her father is not her biological dad and she has been lied to her entire life. She finds out the truth through her grandfather's lawyer and the reading of his will. This is where her path crosses with the hero of our book, Dylan. He was a friend of Clara's grandfather and the two of them have each inherited half of an inn with a list of instructions.
While on paper it would appear that Clara and Dylan are from different worlds they just seem to fit together. I adored this couple, watching them work together as their relationship changed day by day. They were so sweet together! Little by little each of their walls started to crumble even though they had justified reasons for a shield around their hearts. I applaud Clara and her bravery to take a chance on a new life with Dylan. And while I understand why Dylan couldn't trust that anyone would stay due to past hurt, I still wanted to smack him in the head to listen to Clara and his heart...
There were so many little gems scattered throughout the book as Clara discovered a family history she was cruelly denied. She still managed to become a part of that past thanks to her grandfather and the legacy he left her and Dylan. It was like he had a plan for the two of them all along... and a well-deserved happily ever after!
I look forward to new (and old) books by this author!