DEEPER THAN ANY OCEAN . . .
All Holly Tyler wants is a fantastic career, a not-too-committed relationship, and a city where there are no painful memories. Instead, she's called back to her hometown of Seashell Bay to help with her family's struggling general store. It's a town where everyone knows everyone, and where one man could sink Holly's careful plans.
Deputy Sheriff Micah Lancaster has wanted Holly for as long as he can remember. He knows she has a life on the mainland-and a boyfriend-and that there's no real future with her. But now Holly is back and the attraction still flickers between them, a promise of something more. Their desire is stronger than any undertow . . . and once it pulls them under, it won't let go.
The strong third Seashell Bay contemporary (after Summer at the Shore) from Sykes (spouses Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes) weaves in a thread of suspense. Holly Tyler leaves her life in Boston to come back to her childhood home of Seashell Bay Island, Maine, and take over her aunts' general store while her aunt Florence recovers from a panic attack. Back on the island, Holly reconnects with Micah Lancaster. Though she's been friends with him for years, she started thinking of him differently when she was home last summer. But Holly still has painful memories of her deceased husband. As sparks fly, the romantic tension increases, and she must decide whether she's ready to take another chance at love. The lure of romance between Micah and Holly propels the novel swiftly forward, and an element of mystery adds depth and dimension when Micah seeks to identify the burglars in the island's mysterious break-ins.