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Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: On Sunset Beach by Mariah Stewart


Carly Summit’s name couldn’t be more fitting, since in life she always lands on top. She grew up wealthy and privileged in a tony Connecticut town, opened her own gallery in New York City, and is about to make art world history displaying previously unknown works by a prominent twentieth-century painter. No wonder she possesses a can-do attitude that can’t be soured. Ford Sinclair is another story. A military career in war-torn Africa, where he witnessed unspeakable violence and suffering, has left him haunted and deeply cynical. Now he’s looking for a way to forget and a place to belong. He hopes to find both back home in St. Dennis.


When Carly is forced to move the premiere of her new exhibit from her Manhattan gallery to St. Dennis, and Ford agrees to temporarily take over the town’s paper, the two cross paths. While Ford is confounded by Carly’s unflappable good cheer, he can’t help being drawn to her. And undaunted by Ford’s restless heart, Carly sees a man worth caring for. But when a late-night phone call sends Ford back to Africa, Carly’s left to wonder if the pull of the past and its ghosts will prove stronger than the promise of their future together.
 
I loved reading Carly's and Ford's stories. They are both written with so much personality and love and they flow perfectly with the plot line. I really loved them both! Ms.Stewart has a way of weaving an uplifting, fun and intriguing web. The characters had me wanting them to get together from the beginning straight through to the end.
 
I can't wait to read the next one, and I hope there will be many more from this series.This story is a good-natured read with some homely intrigue thrown in, plus a villain who turns up toward the end.I don't like spoilers, so I really want to say that this romance was pleasure to read and is a keeper for my bookshelf.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you are looking for a good summer read this summer, then grab a copy of Mariah Stewart's 5 star book! It is part of a series, but it keeps the reader up to date so it's not overly confusing and could be read as a stand alone. I don't recommend it though, because books in a series are always best read in order, so the reader can savor each moment!