Whitney Carlisle has everything under control—or at least that’s what she needs everyone in Blue Moon Bay to think. She has always faced the hard times in her life head-on and come out stronger for it. But this time, she isn’t so sure. Whitney knows she needs help, but how can she put that burden on Trent, her fiancé? How can she crush his dreams by telling him the plans they made for a future together have to change?
All Trent Connolly wants is to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of his life loving Whitney. Their relationship has had its share of ups and downs—like any other couple—and they’ve always managed to get through it unscathed. So when Whitney is clearly struggling with something, Trent is ready to help. His fiancée’s strong will is part of what draws him to her—but this time, it feels like it’s pushing him away.
Whatever Whitney is hiding from everyone has to be big. Possibly life-changing. She must believe that revealing her secret would do Trent more harm than good, even if it crushes her under the weight of it. The only thing he can do now is be there for her in whatever way she needs…until a secret of his own comes to light that threatens to steal their chance at forever.
Each book in the Blue Moon Bay series is STANDALONE:
* A Lot Like Love
* A Lot Like Christmas
* A Lot Like Forever
Secrets threaten the future of an engaged couple in Snow's dull finale to the Blue Moon Bay series (after A Lot Like Christmas). Go-getter Whitney Carlisle works hard, so it's easy to make Trent Connolly, her fiancé of three years, believe that her exhaustion stems simply from her busy lifestyle—she's heading up Blue Moon Bay's tourism department while caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's—rather than reveal her recent diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. Even without knowing Whitney's secret, however, tavern owner Trent wishes she would slow down, take better care of herself, and help him plan their wedding. As they struggle to communicate in the present, their seven-year love story unfolds through a series of flashbacks, which has the unfortunate effect of keeping the reader at arm's length. Whitney works overtime to keep Trent from learning of her chronic illness, but her lies feel unmotivated and her antics offer little excitement. Meanwhile, Trent is a patient, swoonworthy hero, but it's difficult to root for his happily ever after with a woman who, in trying to protect her secret, treats him so poorly. The relationship feels distinctly unbalanced and Whitney's actions are never fully reckoned with. There's nothing romantic about this romance.
My first read in this series. Whitney needed some work, a workaholic, who was ill and in a long term commitment, but not honest with anyone around her. The story had promise, but missed the mark, for me. Ok read.