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Southern Family tradition, scandal, secrets, love, loss
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2018
Riley is has had enough of her husband Wendell, not showing up for the last ferry of the day to Belle Island, confirms what she already knows, separation and divorce is the only option left. Of course he would bale on her and leave telling their 12 year old daughter, Maggie that they would be separating. On top of that she runs into Nate Milas, who was her date that threw up on her at her debute ball and Wendell has the nerve to have her served with divorce papers on the ferry! Thankfully her friend Parrish and her husband give her and Maggie a ride to their summer home; but, when they arrive the remote locks won't work. Oh why couldn't they just have normal locks? Then they find a notice tacked to the front door, the house is in Foreclosure. It is then that she looks at the papers she was served only to see they are also regarding the foreclosure.
She has no choice, she, Maggie, and Mr. Banks, Maggie's pug, head to Shutters, her family home on the island. There she finds her mother, Evelyn who is convinced this is all a big mistake. Wendell was close to a Saint in Evelyn's book. Billy, Riley's brother doesn't share the same love for his brother-in law. Then Wendell turns up dead the next morning in the marina.
It isn't long before Riley and her best friend, Parrish, are snooping around trying to get some answers. Not only do they find that the house is in fact in foreclosure because Wendell took out a 2 million dollar mortgage but that he has set up numerous shell companies taking out additional multi-million dollar loans. And how does Melody Zimmerman, loan officer at the bank, fit into all of this?
And then there is Nate Milas. She wants to like Nate but when she finds out he is buying up all the land in Wendell has allowed to fall into foreclosure, she is convinced all he wants to do is to develop it just like Wendell. When Annie, Wendell's mama, spills to Parrish that instead he wants to donate the land to UNC for a marine study field to rebuild the oyster beds, Riley decides to give him a go. All is well until Maggie, a type 1 diabetic, decides to eat candy and drink coke and lands herself in a diabetic coma. Riley believes it is directly related to her being with Nate and breaks it off.
Finally, as summer is coming to a close, a hurricane is baring down on the island. It is then they find out what really happened to Wendell.