Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Carolina Home-Virginia Kantra

Carolina Home

Virginia Kantra

Berkley, Jul 3 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425250938

In Dare Island, North Carolina, since his teenage son Joshua returned to school, Matt Fletcher sails the Sea Lady II with his dad as mate as they take affluent people out fishing. Upper crust Philadelphian transplant Allison Carter informs Matt, as Joshua’s teacher, his son is an underachiever. Matt says he has no time now, but will talk to Josh later. He thinks Allison is like Josh’s mom a professor with little involvement in her son’s life.

Matt’s brother Luke is on compassionate military leave. With him is his ten years old daughter Taylor whose mother just died. Luke was unaware he had a child until now. He asks Matt to take care of her until he returns from Afghanistan.

Allison has a flat tire when Matt arrives. He takes her bicycle to the rental shop for repair. They next stop for a beer where they discus Joshua who has no college plans. Matt says he wants Josh to attend college, something he dropped out of to raise his son. They talk about family and she mentions she has not seen her big brother in years. They kiss as each feels the attraction, but he is one night stands with off islanders and she is no one nighter; besides family matters take precedent over love.

The vivid isolated barrier island location sets the tone of a tender family drama in which the lead couple’s families are extreme polar opposites in how they support their respective loved ones. Although the lead couple makes love while his traumatized niece and his son (her student) are nearby and the niece’s fears never explored (probably will when Luke’s return), readers will enjoy this warm romance.

Harriet Klausner

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