COMING HOME TO SEASHELL HARBOR by Miranda Liasson
Coming Home to Seashell Harbor by Miranda Liasson, book one in her Seashell Harbor series, is a wonderful, emotional tale of the high school sweethearts getting a second chance after finding themselves back in their hometown for the summer, many years later.
Hadley Wells switched career plans from saving the planet to put out fires for Hollywood celebrities. When a very public breakup reveals that her life is not as perfect as she thought, she returns to her hometown of Seashell Harbor, to figure out what she wants truly wants to do with her life. Upon arrival, she discovers her grandmother had fallen breaking a hip and is considering retirement. Oh, and then there’s the return of the town’s prodigal son, Tony, her first love, and first to break her heart.
A career-ending injury forced football player Tony Cammareri into an early retirement causing him to focus on his future. Tony is determined to open a restaurant, using his father’s family recipes, but it’s not as simple as all that; including unwanted franchising opportunities. Learning that Hadley is back in town he is determined to apologize for the way he ended things between them back after graduation; despite knowing it wouldn’t be a happy reunion between them.
Vying for occupation of her grandmother’s storefront and for control of the town’s future development, Tony and Hadley find themselves on opposing sides as they try to prove with plan would best serve the town. As their rivalry intensifies, Hadley and Tony need to decide what is worth fighting for in order to be happy.
Hadley and Tony might have split up seventeen years prior but they still acted like teens, trying to one-up each other. It was difficult to believe they were thiry-somethings by their actions and behaviors. Yet, you could tell they still loved the town where they grew up. The magnetic attraction and chemistry they shared as teens was still there as evident in their inability to stop trying to help each other. I enjoyed all the dogs that played a role in the story and in their reunion. Hadley’s grandmother was a wonderful addition to the story, adding to their competitiveness and finding ways to push them together. Hadley and Tony were truly soul-mates, pieces of the same puzzle that belonged together. It was hard to understand why it took so long for them to realize it.
Ms. Liasson wrote a tale that was emotional, sizzling, tale, filled with wonderful dialogue, and endearing characters is a must read. I highly recommend Coming Home to Seashell Harbor to other readers.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.