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Synopsis: Mayor Emily Warwick can’t remember the last time she let herself dream. That’s something she did in her old life – when she allowed herself to hope. Now her days are consumed by the responsibilities of her job and the incessant demands of her elderly mother. And then there’s her younger sister, Jessica, who is about to walk down the aisle with a man their mother despises.
Emily has two months to bring their mother around, but so far – even with their minister’s support – her plan isn’t working. And it doesn’t help that Emily’s still mourning the husband she lost and wondering what happened to the baby she gave up for adoption twenty years ago. Sometimes she thinks it would take a miracle to fill the hope in her heart.
My Review: As I mentioned in my review of Cape Light, I didn’t totally love that book. And while I didn’t *love* this one either, I liked it quite a bit more than the first book. I felt like I was meeting back up with people I hadn’t seen in awhile – some of which I wasn’t so fond of – but old acquaintances and friends alike.
One of the big benefits of this book for me was that it focused more on the Warwick family, which to me are the people I was really interested in hearing more about. While there are bits of the rest of the characters in this novel, the majority of it was about the Warwicks and their individual situations, telling things about the other characters more as they fell into the Warwick story.
The book also picked up pretty much where the last one left off, which I loved. I have mentioned before that I’m a “what happens next” kind of gal, so a story picking up right away is fantastic in my world! And in reading about the next book, it looks like that one picks up right away too, and I kind of wish I had it right now – and that my reading schedule would accommodate it at the moment.
The primary focus of this book is the mayoral election, and Jessica’s wedding – two things that involve Emily directly. Watching the race unfold was actually pretty frustrating, and I found myself wondering many times “what does anyone see in Charlie Bates?” because the man is just insufferable! I’m not going to tell you how that all turns out, you’ll just have to read the book to find out
On the whole, I feel that the first book in the series was a great setup for this one, and I really am looking forward to seeing what the future books have to bring.
Read this book if: You read the first book. I can definitely say this is worth following up on and continuing the series, at this point anyway.