Everett’s newest novel is stirring. She skillfully blends the tender story of two daughters reuniting with their estranged mother with the love story of two emotionally closed people desperately trying to move toward each other. Readers will eagerly anticipate its sequel.
When Ella Preston’s pregnant sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, she only goes along to clean up the inevitable mess. Ella plans on toughing it out — until sexy handyman Grady Wilkes arrives. When Grady is tasked with showing Ella around the island, and helping her find the peace that healed him, they are unprepared for their attraction. But the scars of the past may wreck their relationship before it even begins. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)