Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he’s dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She’s also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.
Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he’s forced to help bring her new baby into the world. It’s a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: I want these two to be my family. Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he’ll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they’ll learn, love is more than a business proposition…and it’ll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben’s proposal into something real and lasting.
The Homecoming is a charming story of family, old friendships, and new love. Its characters leisurely made their way into my affections, making it easy to become invested in the story as it progressed. I liked Ben,Merry, and their loved ones, and it's the characters more than anything else that have stayed with me since I finished reading Shoreline Drive. Lily Everett beautifully handles not only the subject ofbeing a single parent but that it is okay to have love statrt off as a business deal.
While this book is a part of the Sanctuary Island series it can easily be read as a stand alone work. I haven't read any of the other books but had no problem jumping right into this story. Lily Everett knows how to get the readers attention and heep it I would be remiss if I didn't mention the eye appealing cover on this book, it drew me right in, so sometimes you can judge a book by its cover!
Small town living, a handful of inter-connected characters, a blossoming romance and the drama of secrets all merge together into an entertaining, yet heartwarming romantic tale. Lily Everett knows how to tell a story and ensnare her reader in her web and she does it with finesse! If you enjoy romantic read set in a small town, then you won't want to missShoreline Drive!
If your a fan of contemporary romance, with a bit of mystery and drama, that will keep you turning the pages to see where the story is going then this book is definitely for you. I for one can't wait to take my next visit to Sanctuary Island!!