Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Goodreads: After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
Ope’s Opinion: It was fun to revisit Black Dog Bay. Lila’s story was a fun, fresh read. I couldn’t believe how fast I read it. I am a slow reader and I went through this book in no time.
I really liked Lila and Daphne’s relationship. They are what I think a typical mother – daughter is really like. They love each other, support each other, but don’t always agree or get along. I enjoyed seeing an adult child and a mother relationship. All the women (and there are a lot of them) in the book are strong independent people, good examples.
I like how Lila’s male relationships ended up. I don’t want to spoil it, but it did have a few curves along the way to keep it interesting and it was very positive.
I would read another Beth Kendrick. She writes such easy fun reads.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.