No author can even come close to capturing the awe-inspiring essence of the North Carolina coast like Greene. Her debut novel seamlessly combines hope, love and faith, like the female equivalent of Nicholas Sparks. Her writing is meticulous and so finely detailed you’ll hear the gulls overhead and the waves crashing onto shore. Grab a hanky, bury your toes in the sand and get ready to be swept away with this unforgettable beach read.
Juli Cooke is overworked, single and moving at a snail’s pace trying to get a grip on her future Then she meets Ben Bradshaw. Ben has terminal cancer and offers her a chance to gain financial freedom if she will exchange vows with him. This modern-day marriage of convenience doesn’t sit well with Ben’s cousin, Luke Winters, who thinks Juli is just in it for some fast cash. But unbeknownst to all, their venture proves everyone wrong. They ease into a relationship where they both find happiness, companionship and strength in each other. Then, the inevitable happens. As Juli grieves, Luke’s heart softens and he has second thoughts about her. Will she leave the seashore as a wealthy widow, or stick around long enough to realize that true love has been right under her nose the entire time? (TURQUOISE MORNING, Jul., 326 pp., $14.99)