Can a promise made as kids bring them back together as adults? In this Nantucket-set beach read, “master of the genre” (Midwest Book Review) Courtney Walsh delivers a sparkling inspirational romance about first love and second chances.
Twelve years ago, Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers made a pact that no matter where their lives took them, they’d return to Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse on July 30, their shared golden birthday, and continue their tradition of exchanging birthday wishes. But that was before a tragic accident upended both of their lives, irrevocably pulling them apart.
Their worlds collide just months before that particular day when Louisa’s fledgling event planning company is hired by the local Coast Guard station, where she discovers Cody has recently returned to the island as the second in command. As they plan a regatta fundraiser, hoping to promote positive PR in the community, neither can deny the fireworks each encounter ignites. But working together also brings up memories of the day Cody’s father died, revealing secrets that have Cody and Louisa questioning everything they thought they knew and felt about their families and each other.
Walsh continues her Nantucket series (after If for Any Reason) with this pleasing tale of lost love, forgiveness, and rekindled romance. Twenty-nine-year-old Louisa Chambers, owner of a private concierge business on Nantucket, thinks often of her teenage sweetheart Cody Boggs, his family, and the death of Cody's father 12 years ago. Louisa and Cody made a promise to reunite when they both turned 30, but they haven't spoken since Cody's father's death. Louisa thinks their plans have been forgotten, until she is rescued from nearly drowning on a paddle board by Cody, who now serves on the Nantucket Coast Guard. Both are determined to keep the past behind them, but they can't escape their growing attraction. The Chambers and Boggs families were once close, but Louisa's decision to break up with Cody and Cody's father's death drove the families apart. Louisa, now with Cody back in her life, hopes to bring the families back together, but long-buried secrets threaten all she holds dear. While the ending is inevitable, Walsh's wholesome plot weaves faith elements nicely as Louisa relies on her faith to make sure all is finally made well. Walsh will please her fans and surely gain new ones with this excellent inspirational.