“Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living for the moment.
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?”
This beautiful book transports you straight into the summer. You relax into its pages dreaming of the suns rays beating down whilst you relax on a beach on the water’s edge, the sound of the waves in your ears. See, I’m still there!
It’s set in Oyster Bay in the Chesapeake area. I’ve read several books set in Chesapeake and it makes me want to hop on a plane and explore- it sounds blissful. I also adore small town American settings- so this book had everything for me.
Jenny’s books always have a strong sense of family and wonderfully drawn characters. You get to know them quickly and warm to them, forgiving any questionable actions.
Emily returns to her childhood home after turning down a wedding proposal. She starts a new job where she discovers that the home she loves so much is under threat from developers. She needs to get her boss to fall in love with the town – so that he wants it to remain the way it is. Will he learn to see it through her eyes whilst they spend time together?
Another book that I was sad to come to the end.
With thanks to Bookoutre and Net Galley for the chance to read this lovely, summery read.
My vision of seaside bliss
Jenny Hale’s GoodReads page is here.
You can buy it here Amazon