Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beach Season-Lisa Jackson, Holly Chamberlin, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan

Beach Season

Lisa Jackson, Holly Chamberlin, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan

Kensington, May 29 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780758265630

“June Lace” by Cathy Lamb. On the Oregon coast, wedding dress designer June McKenna briefly turned her back to the ocean when a wave hits. Songwriter Reece O’Brien saves her life and perhaps her soul too.

“Second Chance Sweethearts” by Holly Chamberlin. Thirtyish Thea Foss fled Boston to escape her abusive former husband Mark Marais. She stops in Ogunquit, Maine but Mark continues to torment her. In a diner, she meets her first love Hugh Landry, who reminds her she was once Thea with a brave heart. With Hugh, her kind landlady Alice Monroe and Henrietta the cat she is ready to confront Mark.

“Carolina Summer” by Rosalind Noonan. New York realtor Jane Doyle and her friend Tia witnessed a murder. However, the culprit kills Tia; before he can eliminate Jane, she flees for Florida. Bad weather forces her to stay in the North Carolina Outer Banks where Sheriff Cooper Locklear rescues her from the storm, but she knows the real storm is pursuing her.

“The Brass Ring” by Lisa Jackson. Shawna McGuire’s fiancé Parker Harrison suffers a head trauma as well as other injuries. As he heals, he still suffers from amnesia unable to recall ever meeting Shawna before the accident. Shawna refuses to give up on love.

Beach Season lives up its title with fun but thin stories. Whereas the first three tales are new, Ms. Jackson’s entry is a reprint of a 1988 novel.

Harriet Klausner

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