“[A] poignant tale of opportunities lost and regained…This emotional romance is an easy choice to throw in the beach bag.”—Publishers Weekly
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with the ultimate beach read, as one woman forges the most unlikely friendship of all, and embarks on a summer of confronting her past in order to build the future she wants...
When Joanna Whitman's famous ex-husband dies in a car accident, she doesn't know what to feel. Their dysfunctional marriage held more painful secrets than she cares to remember. But when she discovers that the young woman with him in the crash is pregnant, Joanna feels compelled to act, knowing exactly how brutal the media spotlight will be on celebrity chef Cliff Whitman's ex-wife and his mysterious female friend.
Ashley Blake can't believe it when Joanna shows up in her hospital room and suggests they hide away at her beach house on a sleepy stretch of California coast. Joanna should be hating her, not helping her. But alone and pregnant, Ashley can't turn down Joanna's offer. Yet she knows that if Joanna ever found out the real reason Ashley was in that car, their tentative bond would shatter instantly.
Joanna's only goal for the summer is privacy, but her return causes major waves in the local community, especially for the man she left behind years ago. All Ashley wants is space to plan for her and her baby's future, and to avoid causing any trouble for Joanna. But as secrets spill out under the hot summer sun, this unlikely friendship is about to be put to the test.
With a poignant tale of opportunities lost and regained, Morgan (The Christmas Escape) proves that one can always go home again. Joanna Whitman learns from the news that her ex-husband, Cliff, a celebrity chef, has been killed in a car accident that left his pregnant teenage passenger, Ashley Blake, gravely injured. In the media storm that follows, Joanna takes Ashley, whose reasons for being in Cliff's car aren't what the media think, under her wing, and the pair escape the paparazzi to Silver Point, Calif., the hometown a heartbroken Joanna left 20 years earlier. As both Joanna and Ashley settle into life in the idyllic small town, Joanna comes face to face with Nate, the first love who broke her heart, and must decide whether to take a risk that might lead to happily ever after or stay safely behind the emotional walls she's erected. Joanna and Nate's heart-wrenching path to rebuilding their relationship is buoyed by the scrappy Ashley and Joanna's former best friend and Nate's twin, Mel. This emotional romance is an easy choice to throw in the beach bag.