My goodness, this book is just everywhere! I don’t usually give in to the hype, but when this was conveniently located on a face level bookshelf at the library, gleaming like a candy bar near the check out line, I finally gave in and read it. Of course, I am glad I did. One really can’t go wrong with a book written by Debbie Macomber.
Annie has endured incredible loss. In one fell swoop, her entire family is killed in a freak landslide during the early morning hours of a Thanksgiving that she had decided she would not be attending. Spreading her adult wings she had made other plans for the weekend. That only adds to her survivor’s guilt as she moves back home to find her way through the legal mess that the tragedy has left behind. She finds herself unable to work and depression has taken hold of her life. A chance memory of a loved family vacation spot sends her to a small beachside community. That her family’s cottage is empty and she easily finds a job only reinforces the idea that coming to this place is the right move.
Her new town, Oceanside, is filled with many wonderful characters the reader will both instantly fall in love with or want to avoid. Annie finds she isn’t the only person in need of healing and it isn’t a place that makes that happen, but rather the people you surround yourself with. As Annie makes an impact on the lives of those around her, she realizes that they have touched her in a special way as well. She is faced with some tough choices as she is given the chance to realize a dream she didn’t know she still had, even if it means leaving behind those she has come to love.
It is a fantastic story with a full range of emotions