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This is one of my favorite authors, she write such good small town romance that I recommend all of her books to you, you feel like you are right there in the thick of things and that you truly belong and are cherished right along with all of the people in town. When Liza was going through a crisis of trying to let go of her ex, her niece thought it was time she had a vacation away from her current world. So she found her a house sitting job at Willow Beach and a catering job for a wedding too and pushed her to go to try to get out of the bubble she had currently been in for the last three years. Would she go, would she find more than she bargained for and would her life begin to bloom in a different direction?
I received this book as ARC. I have read another series of Grace Palmer, fantastic story lines. Love the setting in Willow Beach. Small town, down to earth characters. This is book three in four book series. Once you start reading you do not want to stop! I am excited to read book four.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
I've read the previous books in this series as well as this author's previous series. I absolutely adored all because of her writing style. It is descriptive without being too flowery; she puts you right in the scene with believable, relatable characters. She writes with an emotional honesty that makes the feelings come alive, too. I love how she often writes stories about an older couple, as happens in this particular novel. Not only are the hero and heroine on the far side of middle-aged, but they have a past together as well. There are certainly some misunderstandings—especially at the meet-cute!—and some twists and turns along the way, but this author's smooth writing style makes it a pleasure to come along for the ride. I loved, too, seeing characters from the previous books. I absolutely love Georgia's character; she manages to insinuate herself everywhere! Other fantastic secondary characters make this book feel like the literary equivalent of coming home again. I can hardly wait for the next installment!
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
Liza Hall stared into the contents of the storage unit. She should get rid of it all, but she couldn’t seem to do that. She had been divorced for three years now and still hadn’t moved on. Even when she and Cliff had married, she hadn’t loved him. But she needed a partner and it made sense to her. Marriage was about convenience and security. Now Angela waited for her, and she would be going to Maine to house-sit for one of the 6 months the owners would be gone, and to cater a wedding while there. Liza’s apartment was rented out, her things in storage, and her bags packed. But she didn’t want to go. Liza had been in a holding pattern for years, content to let life just settle around her without looking toward the future. She and Cliff had not been happy, but it was what she was used to and she wanted it back like it was.
Yet Liza was meeting people, Stella the artist on the beach painting a moonscape at night, Vivienne who made the best lattes and almond croissants, Georgia who owned the inn and invited her to their book club meeting, Katie who baked the best cupcakes in town. Now she is on the way to a restaurant to meet the bride and groom to plan their catering menu. Stacy, the bride, greets her. When she looks up into the eyes of the groom, she is not prepared to see her first love from 30 years ago, Benjamin Boyd. And all of those feelings from long ago came rushing back. She doesn’t think she can do this. She still doesn’t even know why he left her with no explanation!
Finding out that Ben was actually the bride’s brother – after both of them gagged at her misunderstanding – things still remained tense. Ben asked if she would go on one date with him and, if she hated it, he would not bother her again. So she agreed, and it was the most perfect of dates, an evening picnic up in the hills overlooking the ocean, with food that each of her new friends recommended. And since she didn’t hate it, he asked if she would make him pancakes for breakfast the next morning while they talked about having another date. Ben brought out a side of Liza she’d left behind long ago, and she found herself laughing and enjoying life. He helped her see the beauty in ordinary things. He really hadn’t changed in that way over the years. Were they falling in love again? Would she risk her heart if he ever left her again?
I love how the author paints a picture in the reader’s mind with the perfect words to describe a scene that comes to life. I had to check my toes for sand after she described the ocean waves and the beach visible from the porch. Even the sound felt real and present! Sight, sound, color all blended together to keep the reader comfortably in the story. And her character descriptions made them feel like close friends the reader would feel good knowing. The writing was amazing and the emotions were real. This book was pure magic. Grab your copy and fall in love.
I received an ARC of this book & I am submitting my honest review. I think this is the best book yet from Ms. Palmer! I loved the story of Liza Hall with her second chance of love & life after a divorce from her husband of 20 years. Liza runs a catering service with her niece in Boston. Upon her niece's suggestion she takes a much needed vacation to Willow Beach & house sits a small quaint beach cottage for one month with the agreement that she will cater a wedding that is planned during that time. Little does she know that the brother of the bride is her former first love who abruptly left her 30 years ago, Benjamin Boyd. Liza realizes the old feelings for him are very much still there. But what exactly are his feelings, does he still have feelings for her? What is going on in his mind? Why did he leave her so suddenly just when Liza thought their relationship was going so well? She is reluctant to talk to him or to spend any time with him, for fear of being hurt once again. The more she fights her feelings, the more they resurface. The memories keep coming back. It doesn't help that Ben plays a song on a jukebox that was so important to them from 30 yrs ago. Oh those memories how they mess with your mind!! She can't help but wonder does Ben still have the same feelings for her or is he just playing a game where she ends up being destroyed all over again?
During the planning of the upcoming wedding, Liza is forced to interact & meet with Ben on several occasions over several different issues regarding the preparation for the big event. The community of Willow Beach are all there to welcome Liza & bring familiarity to continue the saga of the Willow Beach Inn books. Liza feels right at home & is enjoying her stay in Willow Beach & has made several new friends. Could she possibly decide to move to Willow Beach & move her catering business there as well? What about Ben? Does she dare allow herself to dream of a future or is she setting herself up for another heartache?
This story is a absolute joy to read, you will love their heartwarming love story. You will be cheering them on & will be anxious to read how Liza & Ben's second chance at love develops & blossoms into a new exciting future for them.
Having read all if Grace Palmer's wonderful beach side tales I can tell she is getting stronger in her storytelling and putting more confidence in her heroines. Truly a feminist tale, Liza knows she is better off being single than with someone who doesn't love and respect her...right? But enter Benjamin, who needs to hire the caterer Liza and she can't pass up the money even if he has broken her heart before. Then enter the side drama of family that is present in all of Grace Palmer's novels and you have a wonderful stand a lone novel where only Liza knows what is best for her. It is always wonderful to read a novel where the woman can make her own decisions without the influence of a man or needing the man , thus she can be single...or coupled, by choice.
I am an ARC reader for Grace Palmer and I am so glad. I love her books and great characters. This is a great story about Liza, a woman overcoming a failed marriage ,trying to regain her self confidence and move forward. Through her niece Angela, she is hired to provide catering for a rather large wedding in Willow Brook. What she does not know is that the bride’s brother is someone she knows and truly loved years and years ago. Unfortunately, while following his dreams, he broke her heart. Tune in as Liza makes many new friends, begins to feel really good about herself, and considers making her home In Willow Brook. Such a wonderful story.
Another fine novel from Grace Palmer, bringing her characters from her previous Willow Beach books, Stella and Sam, Georgia, and her family into this story. It is like a family reunion; they take Liza, a divorcee who is on a much-needed vacation and is trying to make peace with her 20-year failed marriage with Cliff whom she was never truly loved. It is fate that brings Liza and her one true love, Ben, into the story at Willow Beach. After a chance encounter brings Liza and Ben together, Liza was heartbroken when 30 years prior Ben broke up with her with no explanation. Liza rejects Ben and wants nothing to do with him. Liza's fear of being hurt again and refusal to let Ben into her life take over her every thought. With a few twists and turns, fate is the driving force of this story. As I started reading this story, I again felt like I was one of her new friends, cheering on Liza and Ben in hopes that they live happily ever after. I am looking forward to the next book in this series; keep them coming Grace!
Such a wonderful story. An enjoyable second chance romance with amazing characters that you can't help but love. The writing pulls you in and holds you as you turn the pages following their journey to HEA. You can't stop yourself from loving everything about this story, yes it's that good. Don't hesitate, grab your copy today, curl up in your favorite reading spot and enjoy.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.