The Summer of Second Chances
by Miranda Liasson
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2023
After spending the last few years beating cancer, author Darla Manning is ready for a fresh start—she’s already got a new teaching position in California for the fall. But first, she has some loose ends to tie up over the summer, like finishing her latest novel and selling her oceanfront home. Darla doesn’t expect her ex-husband, contractor Nick Cammareri, to top her list of unfinished business. He was only supposed to do a few quick renovation jobs around the house, not temporarily move in and stir up feelings she thought were long gone.
While Darla tries to focus on making the most of her last Seashell Harbor summer, she can’t help noticing how much Nick has changed. Her immature-but-seriously-cute high school sweetheart is now a motivated-and-seriously-sexy man who’s earning his MBA and running the family business. Plus, he seems determined to make her remember how—and why—they first fell in love. Darla believed moving on meant moving away, but could her hometown hold the key to a new beginning for her . . . with Nick?
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This is the third book in the Seashell Harbor Series, and after reading it, I am kind of sorry to see the series end. Each book in the trilogy is a standalone novel, but after reading this one I would recommend reading this one last, if you are going to read the others, as it wraps up the trilogy well.
Darla is a best-selling writer of suspense novels, who has just returned home from a year away in California. She has a book deadline in 2 weeks, and after that she plans to move to California for a full time teaching position, and she plans to put her feelings for her ex-husband Nick behind her. The problem is, her best friend is set to marry Nick’s brother in 2 weeks, and she and Nick are thrown together to help with the planning. With so much trying to keep her in Seashell Harbor, will she be able to move on and make a new start? Does she want to?
A small town romance with an abundance of likeable characters, who live in a real world with real problems (struggles meeting a work deadline, kids you are babysitting locked in a bathroom, etc.) - what’s not to love?
This second chance romance felt bittersweet. I have been looking forward to reading Darla's story as she was the tough nut to crack, having battled cancer and now in her home town to attend her best friend Hadley's wedding. However, the first things she is greeted with upon her return home is her ex-husband Nick asleep on her couch. Having her ex in such close proximity starts to stir feelings in Darla that she has tried push away, however Nick is persistent and not will give up on them having a second chance.
Nick has definitely matured and knows he deserves his second chance. Now he just needs to remind Darla of all their good times and why they belong together. A fantastic ending to this wonderful group of three best friends who all got to find their happily ever afters in their small beachside town.