Image of The Love Shack (Beach House No. 9)


Image of The Love Shack (Beach House No. 9)

Ridgway finishes up the Crescent Cove trilogy with a twofer — two charming and sizzly romances that pair up the last of her characters. This series is a lovely, old-fashioned package with a beach setting, believable characters and plots that illustrate real-life problems. Readers will love how the characters have to confront their weaknesses in order to access their strengths and true desires.

Gage Lowell, a war photojournalist, is back at his childhood summer home for his brother’s wedding. Though his family doesn’t know it, he has just survived some hellish experiences. The only thing that got him through was the correspondence he had with Skye Alexander, another one of the Cove kids. But when he gets home, Skye is skittish and jumpy, not at all like the pen pal he relied on. Skye has lived at the Cove her whole life, and been in love with Gage a good part of it. But now things are different, and she must protect herself. Of course, it doesn’t help that everyone around her seems to be breathing hearts and flowers. How will she be able to handle being around all these happy people, especially knowing they will all leave at summer’s end — including Gage? (HQN, Apr., 379 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bunny Callahan