This Dare Island novel is a warmhearted story, but also one of conflict and self-acceptance. Readers will enjoy getting to know Kantra’s great characters and be eager to see what happens to the people introduced here in the next Dare Island story.

Matt Fletcher has been a single father since his wife walked out on him and their baby son 16 years ago. Now he is helping his parents care for the 10-year-old daughter his younger brother just discovered. Deployed to Afghanistan, Matt’s brother has brought her to stay with his folks. Allison Carter is the new teacher on Dare Island, and she’s concerned by Josh Fletcher’s lack of attention in her class. As she seeks Matt’s help with his son, she becomes involved with his family and with him. But Matt has had one relationship with a woman of Allison’s background and doesn’t feel comfortable getting involved again. It takes a tragedy for him to realize what he may be missing out on. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley