Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
It's always a treat to read Terri DuLong's latest book from Cedar Key, Florida. This year was no different. It's like visiting with long time friends and catching up with what has been going on in this wonderful and caring community.
In Terri's last book we briefly met Berkley Whitmore as she considered opening a chocolate shop on the island. Now, she has moved there, opened her shop and is settling in nicely to the rhythmn of island life.
But Berkley has not just come here from New England for warm weather and business purposes. She has a personal mission to fulfill. Forty years ago, her late mother came to Cedar Key leaving 5 year old Berkley with her grandmother. No explanation was ever given from grandmother or mother. Berkley always felt as if her mother had deserted her and all these years it has weighed heavily on her heart and mind.
After her mother passed away, Berkley found some old postcards that her mother had sent to her grandmother from Cedar Key. The messages were short and not too informative. Berkley hopes that someone from the island will remember her mom and give her some insight as to what really happened. Although it takes a while, Berkley manages to find someone who does remember her mother and is shocked when she finds out the truth. Although her journey is an emotional one, it does end rather happily.
In every one of Terri's books, she involves a women's issue in the plot; this time it was domestic violence. What I really enjoy about this series, aside from the engaging plot lines, is the feeling of belonging to a caring community, the power of family, love, friendships and strong women. I've read every one in the series and enjoyed them all. Each book can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading from the beginning. You'll be glad you did. The wonderful inhabitants of Cedar Key will become your friends. 4****
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by the author, Terri DuLong, in exchange for my honest opinion.