In the latest Bayberry Island romance from by New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetest Summer, it might take more than a magical mermaid statue to bring together a hard-headed Navy SEAL and the mysterious artist who’s loved him from afar...
Duncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Massachusetts, where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart. So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent home—just in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festival—he’s not in the mood to celebrate. Nor fall in love. But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain Square.
Adelena Silva’s otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluse—at least until Duncan Flynn comes home. She’s secretly loved him her whole life, and is determined not to let him get away again. But will revealing her truth win his heart, or cause Lena to lose him?
Donovan's third Bayberry Island contemporary (after The Sweetest Summer) continues the mystical mermaid theme from earlier books, but here it's only a distraction from a powerful tale of opening up to love. When prodigal son Duncan Flynn joined the Navy right out of high school, he left behind Adalena Silva, a childhood playmate who worshiped the ground he walked on. Now a Navy SEAL, Duncan is home only because he was injured in Afghanistan, and he plans to fully recover and return to duty. Lena still loves him, but she doesn't do anything to put herself in his path. Any other woman would have tried to nudge things along, but Lena's astonishing faith in love is strong enough to let Duncan's affection for her unfold on its own schedule. Duncan is uncomfortable with feelings, intangible ideas like destiny and the island's mermaid legend, and feeling vulnerable, so falling in love is a wrenching experience for him as hard as going to war. He prefers to stand apart, but his close-knit family draws him in with laughter and joy. Both tender and funny, this warmly genuine romance affirms the power of love.