In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances...
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.
Nick Fortune lives life in the spotlight as a champion race car driver. He’s shocked to hear from Hope and even more surprised to learn that he’s a father. He immediately heads to the Pacific Northwest to confront the past—and the woman he once loved.
There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.
Fisk's first novel since 2010's Lake Magic is a tender but flawed tale of reunited lovers. Hungry to race, NASCAR driver Nick Fortune sped away from Minnesota with the plan of someday returning for his high school sweetheart, Hope Thompson. Neither of them knew she was pregnant when he left. Disowned by her mother for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Hope changed her last name and moved to Tranquility, Wash., with her aunt. Meanwhile, Nick was ashamed of taking longer than he expected to become a success, so he stopped talking to her. Years later, he's finally rich and famous, but he has no idea that he's also the father of twins until Hope contacts him to say his leukemia-stricken son is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The crisis brings them together, but mostly they wrestle with the past rather than the present. Some readers may find Hope's stubbornness and demanding ways more vexing than admirable, but Fisk foregrounds Hope's devotion to their children and Nick's determination to have both his dangerous career (which Hope objects to) and his family. Nick's dedication to the relationship outweighs Hope's, putting an unwelcome imbalance in this otherwise sweet romance.
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Heartwarming! A sweet & feisty reunion story. Great characters, a heart-tugging story line, and a race against time to get a happy ending. Really enjoyed this book!
NASCAR phenomenon Nick Fortune is living the life! A successful career, on the verge of breaking a huge industry record, a great group that’s like family surrounding him for the ride. To say he’s shocked to get a message from his old high school girlfriend after all of these years is putting it mildly, but when he doesn’t get a response when he tries to return her call, he heads that way to track her down.
Hope Thompson was heartbroken all those years ago, but she went on to pick up the pieces and carry on the best she knew how. She has lived a happy life … but her son needs help, and Nick might be the only one that can give it … he just never knew she had been pregnant and that he’s been a father! Can Nick forgive her from keeping this huge secret from him? Will they be able to overcome the anger and hurt to rally around their son?
Hope is a single mother raising her twins in a small town. When her son needs help, she has no choice but to reach out to the man who abandoned them when they needed him most. Nick is a famous race car driver who wanted to make something of himself before returning home for his first love. When he learns that Hope's children are his, he's determined to make a place for himself in their lives. But can both of them let go of past hurts in order to move forward?
This was a book about second chances, family, and forgiveness. I cried and I laughed. I loved this story and couldn't put it down. This was my first book by this author but it definitely won't be the last.
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*