Ocean activist, Trace Latimer has fought for over twenty-five years for the sea otters, penguins, and all sea life, but she’s exhausted and angry at the big shots who always win. But when a cold-hearted businessman orders the demolition of her childhood home, she has to face the biggest fight of her life.
After a bureaucratic nightmare overshadowed his most recent project, entrepreneur Dustin Hawk is fed up. He liquidates his Seattle demolition business and warms to his best friend’s sunny Florida hotel project. Despite his fear of the ocean, he finds himself swimming in shark-infested small-town politics and fears he might drown.
Trace and Dustin face off for a fight which they are both determined to win. But they find themselves in unexpected waters when they have to choose between their convictions or their hearts’ desires.
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A really quick and enjoyable read that had me captivated from the start. I read it really quickly and fell in love with the characters
This is the second instalment of the Summer Island Book Club series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. A very quick read which I completed in about 4 hrs. This time Trace is fighting to save her fathers home from demolition by Dustin, while Dustin is trying to gain permission to renovate the old hotel opposed by Trace. Will they ever figure things out? A great story which had .y attention from the beginning. A highly recommended quick read for the beach.
This is the second book in the Friendship Beach series, but could easily be a standalone read. Trace has just moved home after 25 years of fighting corporations to stop polluting the ocean....only to find newcomer, Dustin, is set to demolish her childhood home to add on to his hotel. Now she has to fight him and the town to save it. Along the way, she is dealing with her father's death, her horrible neighbor Rhonda's antics and guilt she feels after a co-worker was killed on her last mission. There is a lot going on in this story - but it flows smoothly and is an easy read. The characters are so much fun to get to know better, I enjoyed the first book as well. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.
Using the recipe at the back for raspberry iced tea, make yourself a tall glass and allow yourself to be swept away to Summer Island, where new beginnings and happy endings are guaranteed! Join four long-time friends as they meet up on Summer Island and get caught up to date on each other’s life. Nobody knows you like a good friend, right? It’s no different here. Trace can’t hide her secrets from her friends for long. She’s not too long back ‘home’ before she’s aware that her childhood home she’s inherited is slated for demolition. Tired and weary, she faces the biggest fight of her life. As fate would have it, Dustin Hawk is standing in the way of her dream. Can she bulldoze him or will the wrecking ball be headed her way? This is the perfect beach read! I loved the authentic characters, the realistic challenges and the dreamy antagonist. I was engaged and entertained. I wanted to grab my iced tea and head down to Friendship Beach to hang with my bookish friends. This is book 2 of the Summer Island Book Club series, but it can stand alone. This clean and sweet, contemporary romance is a great choice if you’re looking for a quick, easy beach read. I was gifted this advance copy by Ciara Knight, Author Collective 20, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review. Publishes August 10, 2021.
I think this was a new twist on a beach read. It had all the usual components, a beach house, close friends, relationship issues but it also took into account a different look at current issues, loyalty to home and more. I enjoyed it!
This is a well written book that hooks you on the first page. It was a fast read that keeps you turning the pages. If you are looking for clean book that has beautiful scenery, wonderful characters, and makes you feel like you are there, grab this book. I received a complimentary copy from Author Collective 20 via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Trace and Dustin met last year and the attraction was there, until Dustin made a deal with a mean neighbor and promised to tear down Trace's house. Trace has a much bigger secret that she can't revil to her sisters for many reasons but for some reason she decided to tell 1 person and what happens after that is explosive. This series is awesome to read
I really enjoyed this small town tale with a difference. I loved the relationship between the friendsters, more than friends - they have each other’s back just like sisters. Trace and Dustin’s, enemies to partners story and the little man standing up to and winning over the big corporate, is a great read. Looking forward to reading the other four friends stories.
Friendship Beach has another adorable romance as Trace finds herself as she falls in love with Dustin, Trevor’s best friend from Summer Island Book Club (first in the series). Summer Island Sisters brings the quartet and one daughter together in Summer Island again, one of our favorite small towns. The quartet being Jewels, Trace, Wind and Kat. In addition, Jewel’s daughter Bri is an honorary member of the former high school besties who has come back together. Bri is writing a book about middle age friends and their lives. It is mentioned briefly in this book. I am looking forward to Bri’s romance when it comes! Back to Trace, she has guilt feelings over several issues, upper most are not being there for her Dad when he died and over the death of a close friend and intern, Matt. The loss of her Dad leads her to try to understand why he did not let her know the depth of his health issues before he passed. She wants to restore her childhood home. It does not help that Dustin is trying to tear down said home as he develops a hotel next door. Trace really needs time and space to reflect on all that has happened and all that has gone wrong with her life up to this point. Too much is blocking her way. Due to legal issues and a gag order, she cannot even talk about Matt’s death to her friends. Normally they could help her think life through and find the peace she seeks, but cannot. Eventually, she begins to trust Dustin and shares with him. Considering they started out as almost sworn enemies, it took a lot for her to trust him. He is one of the wealthy types she does not trust. So, sit back on the beach, or in a hammock, and enjoy Ciara Knight’s second installment in the Friendship Beach series of Summer Island. Life there is so true to small communities with every one knowing your business, with a bit of drama and, also, caring for neighbors added in for fun.
Absolutely love The Summer Island sisters! I was so drawn into the first book in this series and it was the same for this one. I love these friends and how loyal they are to one another. Trace puts down her guard and find that she can find real love and has a real family in her friends who support her so much.
Summer Island Sisters (A Friendship Beach Novel Book 2) by Ciara Knight is a marvelous story of a chance of change and love in midlife. This is my favorite of the series so far. I can’t really explain why except it grabbed my attention and my heart from the beginning. Trace Latimer is somewhat a prickly personality. Her longtime friend Jewels (First book) is a much easier personality so it is not exactly Trace that makes it my favorite. There is a mystery concerning her recent past that unfolds as the story progresses. It is clear why she has such mistrust of Dustin Hawk but is it deserved? The story flows so well I felt as if I was there in Summer Island. However, the first book also did this. Perhaps it is the growth of the characters Trace and Dustin that drew me in so much. Both have regrets, I can identify with that which anyone older could. However, they learn that it need not define them or their future. Of course, the longtime, strong, always supporting friends is an allurement to in this story. Such great friendship is something we could all envy a little. It is not a heavy read but certainly not a silly one either. For me it was a positive reflection on doing what is right, living a life that you can not only love but also be proud of too. Just the kind of reaffirming read I needed but didn’t know it. An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you NetGalley, Ciara Knight and Author Collective 20 for the ARC of Summer Island Sisters. This is my personal review. Trace has moved home to live in the family home she has inherited but is shocked when she finds out is it set to be demolished! She has a fight of her life on her hands, but she has some amazing friends by her side. This book has everything a great beach read book needs- friends, romance, great setting, and a secret. Jewels, Trace, Wind and Kat feel like you have been friends with them all your life. This is the second book in the series Friendship Beach. I loved the first book in the series so much. I was thrilled to be back. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
The sequel to Summer Island Book Club and the second book in the Friendship Beach series, it was nice to re-visit these characters. This time we follow Trace as she tackles the grief of losing her father, fighting a long time enemy to save her fathers house, find love and deal with the death of her young intern. Trace is a wreck but with the Summer Island girls by her side, her support system is out of this world. I said it in my review of the first book and I will say it again, I love that this series follows women in their 40s and 50s. Second chance romance and lifelong friendships...what more could a woman want? My review will be posted on my Instagram account (@thesubstitutelibrarian) on the day of publication.
The perfect beach read. Settle down on your sun lounger and get absorbed in the goings- on of summer Island. Trace, an eco- warrior returns to Summer Island after the death of her father. Like any small community, tensions bubble under the surface. A new development is planned for the local run- down hotel by a handsome entrepreneur which has polarised local opinion. This novel is a very enjoyable and easy read.
Summer Island Sisters author: Ciara Knight Author Collective 20 I savored travelling back to Summer Island in this book, the second in the Friendship Beach Series. Summer Island Sisters can be enjoyed as a standalone. I'm glad, however, that I read Summer Island Book Club first to get acquainted with this group of four friends and fully follow their adventures in friendship, reading, romance, and mid- life predicaments. Lifelong friends, Trace, Jewels, Kat, and Wind come together in the small community of Summer Island. Here, everyone thinks they know everybody's business, via the Salty Island Gossip Line, and secrets and rivalry can get in the way of peaceful, coastal living. Each resident and guest has a story that connects them to the place. This book focuses on Trace, an ocean environmentalist, who returns to Summer Island to preserve her family home and historic charm of the Summer Island Hotel. She is battling serious, haunting issues of a past family relationship and a career related tragedy, both of which overwhelm her as she seeks to maintain her ancestral heritage. To further complicate matters, her current opposition, Dustin, is finding his way into her heart. Knight's story is compelling, with the loyalty of the friends, who feel like sisters, as a theme. Reader's will want a return visit to Friendship Beach and Summer Island for more romance, intrigue and excitement with Trace, Kat, Wind, and Jewels and the locals and visitors. Oh, and everyone will want to know which book these four friends read together next, as well. Thank you to Net Galley and Author Collective 20 for the advance reader's copy and opportunity to provide my unbiased review. #SummerIslandSisters #NetGalley. This information is included at the request of the publisher: My review is posted on August 16, 2021 to Net Galley, Goodreads, my Bookstagram, Barnes and Noble, and BookBub.
Again this author did not disappoint! This book was a very enjoyable read and helped us to get to know all the women better while exploring Trace’s journey. Will definitely explore Ms. Knight’s other books as I found that her story’s captured me from the beginning. My only criticism is that they are not long enough!
Beach read Secrets Long time friends Second chance romance Summer Island Sisters has a bit of everything go on. I have not read the first book in the series but I feel you can read this as a standalone with no problem. Wonderful contemporary romance to read this summer. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
I’m loving this series about a group of older women that still have a lot of living left to do. Jewels, Trace, Wind, and Kat have been friends for decades. This story is centered around Trace and Dustin. How can two totally opposite people get their happily ever after? It’s not all smooth sailing, that’s for sure. Grab your copy and see what happens. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Sparks flew through the air when Trace and Dustin first net. Since that first meeting they've been like oil and water. Dustin aligns with Rhonda, childhood enemy of Trace, to get a dilapidated house, shed and trees removed to improve the view from his hotel and Rhonda's house. Little did he know he's been set up to take the brunt of Trace's disappointment and disgust. As the facts unfold and Trace and Dustin are legally obligated to work together for the good of the town, the story unfolds. You'll laugh and cry with this group of strong female friends who defend and support each other through thick and thin. A great beach read and I can't wait for the next book in the series! I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.
Pretty typical Summer read. A couple finding that their attraction and their ideology are at opposite ends of the spectrum. She is trying to save ocean life, he is trying to build a hotel. Loved that there was that "Save the ocean" component in this likeable story. I grew to like the couple and cheered for them to find their way to each other.