A Covington Cove Novel—First in a new contemporary romance series from an award-winning author featuring "two characters you'll never forget." (Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author)
With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been…
Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…
At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.
Debut author Moran tries unsuccessfully to breathe life into a theme of second chances. The plot contains one tired clich after another, beginning with the poor but honest girl from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for the handsome, wealthy scion of a prestigious political family. When Mia Galdon and Cole Covington were teen sweethearts in Wilmington, N.C., their romance was sabotaged by Cole's tyrannical and snobbish mother. Ten years later, Mia's a nurse who needs a job, and Cole needs help after sustaining serious injuries serving in Iraq. Now that they're grown, it's hard to understand why a tough military veteran would still have trouble withstanding parental pressure, so the plot devices are tedious. The most appealing part of this story is the warm and affectionate relationship between Mia and her younger sister, who has Down syndrome. Moran tries to show the healing power of time and love, as Mia recovers from betrayal and Cole from war trauma and loneliness, but the result is charmless and unconvincing.
Return To me
5 of 5 Return to me tear-jerker
"There is nothing you need to do or say. Love is a gift, one I knew little about before you, and like any gift, all you have to do is accept it. It doesn’t need to be returned.”
I'm a bloody watering pot. An emotional roller coaster read.
One moment I was bursting into fits of laughter and the next I was a bloody watering sobbing pot. Be prepared with at least a box of tissues.
Well developed characters and aligned correctly with the direction which the author intended throughout the story line. Moran continues to astonish me with every new book read. A story of an unexpected encounter when one was not expected. You just know when it’s right, that one person.
When one has never known love or ever been loved (not even by their own parents) and to finally find and feel it just to lose it.
Plot was well written. Without reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend this brilliant read. A must read and it’s beyond worth it.
The true test of love is not always ‘Will you fight for it?’ The real test of true love is often ‘Are you willing to give it up?~ #TiffanyReisz