Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Chick Lit
Goodreads: Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.
Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn’t be kissing him. She definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything..
Ope’s Opinion: Save this book for your trip to the beach this summer. It is a very light, easy beach read! It is a predictable ending with a few twists along the way.
The main character Summer is fun to follow through her transformation from globe trotter to finding a home. She is often snarky and keeps people at a distance. You do want her to find happiness.
There is a cast of other characters that add interest to the story. They are realistic and fun to get to know. It would be great to have a sequel that focused on one of the other people in Black Dog Bay or another person who comes to town like Summer did.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.