THAT SUMMER AT AMERICAN BEACH

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Sims again displays her gift for using unusual situations and settings, larger-than-life characters, a drop of humor and a feel-good romance to tell a story.

"Unusual" could describe both Rayne Walker's and Wade Jefferson's families. The man who raised Rayne as his daughter is an archenemy of the man who raised Wade. Unbeknownst to Rayne or Wade, however, the men are actually the other's biological father! All of Ray Walker's and Ben Jefferson's secrets and pasts come to light when Rayne and Wade meet and fall for one another.

From here, we see Sims' talent as a master storyteller when she conveys the "forbidden" feelings that Rayne and Wade have to deal with when they believe that they are siblings and the repairing of the ongoing feud between the fathers. Through all this, she still provides readers with a satisfying visit with the couple. (May, 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims