From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a new chapter in her celebrated Chesapeake Diaries series, featuring her signature “rich characterization, charming setting, and a romance you’ll never forget” (Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Architect Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers. Newly divorced, she’s focused on building ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay for her father’s construction company. Traveling to Cannonball Island—where there has been no new construction in nearly one hundred years—Cass is sensitive to the heritage of the island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy a home for herself. Even the fact that Owen Parker—a local who she dismisses as a lightweight and a player—seems to be everywhere isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.
Owen Parker is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as girls. He’s a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska, to working on a cattle ranch in Australia, a shrimp boat in Louisiana, and surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship on the Chesapeake Bay, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it was time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. And he’s totally smitten by the pretty architect on the scene, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.
When playboy drifter and professional diver Owen Parker returns home to Cannonball Island, off the coast of Maryland, for another diving expedition, he plans to do what he always does: get the job done and be on his way. With restless feet and a soul to match, not even the urging of his sharp-witted great-grandmother, Ruby "Gigi" Carter, or his bubbly sister, Lis, could convince him to stay put. Architect Cass Logan, who's new to the island, is all too familiar with wanderlust-plagued men, thanks to her career soldier ex-husband. Cass needs and wants stability. When she and Owen team up to clean up abandoned graves on the island, she's determined not to fall for him, regardless of how good-looking, intelligent, and thoughtful he is. But soon, yard work leads to tours and dinner dates, and they're both hooked. Just when Owen thinks he can settle down, a revelation leaves him fighting for the life he never knew he wanted. Stewart succeeds in giving both Owen and Cass a smooth blend of strength and vulnerability, and the setting of this heartwarming romance will draw readers in with its island-life charm.