LOVE IN CATALINA COVE
In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…
In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there.
The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town—and its handsome sheriff…
But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood—sometimes it’s a matter of heart.
Fly Girl’s Review:
Brenda Jackson is one of my auto reads and I was really excited to see she was bringing us a new series. She has a great way of weaving everyone’s stories together when she does a series, so I love starting with the first in her series. All of her books can be read as standalones, but it pays off to read them in order.
I started this one and it was a little slow to get into, but about half way through it really picks up and I wasn’t able to put it down. I love the little town of Catalina Cove and all the crazy personalities in the small quiet town. Their ideas of keeping it small town are really great.
The story of Vashti and Sawyer is a good one. Her story makes any girl hungry for a happy ending cry because Vashti has been through, the proverbial, romance wringer. She’s been chewed up and spit out and her confidence in romance is nonexistent. Sawyer on the other hand, could care less about romance when he meets Vashti, but he comes around real fast. So fast he’s ready to hop a plane to NY City to see her. I love that, who doesn’t want someone to fly across the country to profess his interest? So it begins, but it ends in Catalina Cove where there are some hard lessons learned about family and how far they can go to protect their reputation and image, and how to be something different than your parents want you to be. Vashti and Sawyer both learn some hard lessons before their HEA.
Brenda brings her trade mark twists and turns as usual and they actually make the story better. Usually they just add to it, but these twists really are the story. I’m giving this a 4 of 5 because although the story had twists that I didn’t see coming, I really felt Sawyer was too good to be true and wasn’t real enough in his mistakes with Vashti, also I felt the twists were too much of the story and if they weren’t there, the romance was too slow and not moving enough. I actually can’t wait to see what she has for us in the next one in the series because I know we will get to see this family’s development along with a new couple.
4 of 5 Propellers
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This is going to be book two in the series
FORGET ME NOT
Releases March 26th. Pre-order it now
Brenda Jackson welcomes you back to Catalina Cove, where love is waiting to be reclaimed…
Ashley Ryan never doubted that her husband, Devon, was the love of her life. Even now, three years after Devon died in a car wreck while on a business trip, Ashley can’t bring herself to move on. But when her girlfriends surprise her with a getaway to beautiful Catalina Cove, Louisiana, she gets the shock of her life when she encounters a man—bearded, more rugged than before, but unmistakably her Devon.
“Ray Sullivan” moved to this quiet coastal town after waking up in a hospital with amnesia. Haunted by a life he can’t remember, he’s built walls around his heart and a quiet life running boat tours—a life that includes no recollection of Ashley, a woman he suddenly finds himself irresistibly drawn to.
Doctors warn Ashley of the danger in forcing her husband to remember the past. Though she longs to tell him the truth, she finds herself falling all over again for a man she knows may never truly come back to her. In this place where healing and second chances are just a heartbeat away, can love take root once more?
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Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread; and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012.