Thursday, November 29, 2012
Book Review: "Carolina Home"
Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island — Steady Matt, the son who stayed — Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back — And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return... — Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times-its traditions slipping away like the sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.
Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn't want to be another in the long line of Women Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It's both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.
Then Matt's brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own-and a request that will change all their lives. With a child's welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes...and follow his heart.
This is another "first author" for me. I can't remember where I heard of this book. It was probably Paperback Swap. Or it could have been a Doubleday Book Club form. Anyhow...
This is the first in the series titled "Dare Island." We are introduced to the Fletchers. This book is centered on Matt. We are introduced to the other family members, opening up their turn I am sure in the series.
As I was reading this book, I really didn't get into it at first. I felt a little forced upon with everyone. After about a third of the way through the book, the plot started getting better. I was more involved in the story and the characters. By the end, I thought "What???? It is done already??" I thought it was an abrupt ending, but everything was resolved so to speak.
Will I try the next one? Yes. I would give this book 2 3/4 stars. =)