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This was a sweet tale of the aftermath of losing a husband and finding oneself bereft of financial security, thanks to the lousy decisions taken by the said husband. Louisa couldn’t question him now but had to go back to work. Luckily her daughter pulled through, and she had a place to stay.
A call from her editor to write an interesting piece saw her set on the course of meeting Isaac, a local sand artist. And there was a connection between them, more than what Louisa could bear to hear.
Emma Davies is a wonderful author, with her prose seeped in emotions. Louisa’s grief was handled sensitively. I liked how she slowly found her legs to stand up in life and second chance to find happiness, but that came with its own peril.
The descriptions of Devon were vivid. I could imagine myself standing on the cove and seeing the sketches on the sand. Secrets slowly were washed away by the waves, and all Louisa had to do was find her courage.
The beginning was quite slow, and Louisa was a bit grating in the way she kept running away. But slowly down the pages she stabilized and became the loving character that Emma normally etched in her books.
The story had her daughter and son-in-law too in equal parts. Their relationship too made a good subplot. It was nice to see them coming together to form a cohesive family, bound by love. The most intriguing character was Issac who lived as free as the waves and wind on the tiny cove. His dailogues had a beautiful depth to them.
I just finished the book, and I would say the book was worth the time and emotions spent.
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He helped her move on… Until she discovered what he did.
Louisa Adams has done her best to hold herself together in the years since she lost her husband in a car accident. But each morning she wakes to find his side of the bed cold is more painful than the last, and she’s struggling to make ends meet as a writer. She must admit defeat and move into the crumbling seaside guest house her daughter just bought. Perhaps it might help put what’s left of their broken family back together…
There, Louisa is offered a final chance to save her career by writing an article on a local sand artist, Isaac. Except, when he turns to greet her – tall, handsome and weather-worn – something about him feels disturbingly familiar. Why, when he looks into her eyes, does she feel like he knows exactly who she is and everything she’s been through?
As they explore the rugged coastline’s hidden coves together – living and laughing like she never thought she would again – Louisa is fascinated by this man who creates beautiful sculptures on the shoreline, but deep down she knows he’s keeping a secret from her. The discovery of a charcoal scribble in one of his sketchbooks linking him to the death of her husband, confirms her deepest fear. Is she ready for what he will tell her, and will letting him in tear her family and her heart apart all over again?
Publication Date: Today
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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