About the Book
Author: Julie Carobini
Genre: Christian Romance
Release date: June 22, 2022
From the author of Walking on Sea Glass … He’s a big city lawyer. She’s the small town beach girl who broke his heart. Any hope for a second chance expired twelve years earlier …
Jax Cooper returns to Saltwater Beach but has no plans to stay any longer than necessary. Once his mother’s estate is wrapped up, he’ll be on a plane back to Chicago—and hopefully to a future as the youngest law partner in his firm.
Addi Barrett never left the small beach town of Saltwater. She chose instead to dote on her ailing mother, help her father’s business, and find new friendships in old places. That didn’t mean she never had dreams of her own …
When a Cooper family member goes missing, a foster dog needs some lovin’, and a long-hidden secret bubbles to the surface, Jax and Addi find themselves thrown together over and over again.
Can they find their way to a second chance at love? Or will past hurts rise up to make happily-ever-after impossible?
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This is an enjoyable novel of healing and restoration. Past mistakes and hurts rise to the surface as a family and community come together to honor the memory of one of their own. A family secret causes relationship discord and misunderstanding. Only God can bring healing and restoration.
I like how Carobini has crafted her characters. They struggle with real issues. Jax thinks success in his profession will give him satisfaction. Addi struggles to quiet her dreams and be satisfied with her current life. Both of them had been hurt in the past and we hope they are willing to embrace the possibility of an unexpected future.
While this novel is part of an ongoing series, it reads quite well on its own. It's a good novel that explores stressed family relationships and how past hurts can be healed for the promise of a new future. It's good for dog lovers too.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Julie
Do you love a good secret? Me too. Some of my favorite books contain secrets just begging to be revealed. Add in a feel-good romance, some family drama, and a heaping dose of faith, and now we’re talking.
In Reunion in Saltwater Beach, Jax Cooper jetted away to college a dozen years earlier and rarely looked back. His best friend, Addi Barrett, stayed in the town of Saltwater, often wondering what might have been between the two of them. She also carried a secret she hoped never to revisit.
But that was before Jax returned home for his mother’s memorial. And his sister had a meltdown. And one of his brothers disappeared …
On a personal note, while writing this novel, I was unaware that my precious father would pass away just weeks before it released. Honestly, those months leading up to this story’s debut were … hard. But God!
I mention this because, during those last few weeks, my own brothers and I found ourselves talking on the phone or texting daily. Hourly at times. It was an intense time that brought us closer together as siblings—and showed our differences too.
Now I have an extra special place in my heart for the wild and wacky Cooper siblings. (Is it possible to feel a personal connection to a fictional family? Answer = yes )
Of course, I also found myself both fretting and rooting for Jax and Addi to, somehow, find their way to a second chance at love—despite the past that got in their way. And that’s no secret.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lot.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)