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Summer Shadows, book two in the Seaside Seasons series sort of sneaks up on the reader. It seems a little slow to take off, but then the reader really starts caring about its characters. Abby Patterson survived a car accident that claimed the lives of her husband and her two year old daughter, and since the accident her well-wishing parents have been suffocating her. Now she's renting an apartment from Marsh Winslow, who seems to be very grouchy and touchy, but at least his cottage is on the ocean in Seaside, New Jersey. Then on her first day in town, she witnesses the hit-and-run of a young girl. The only problem is, due to the similarity of the accident that claimed herown child, she has amnesia and can't identify the driver. Unexpectedly, Marsh, of the bad temperment, and his huge beast of a dog, come to her assistance. when Abbey obviously becomes a target of the hit and run driver. The scene is riveting where the hit and run driver has chased Abbey into the ocean shooting at her and Marsh is shot trying to save her. Roper's use of flash backs to delve into the mind of a sociopath is chilling.
This second book in Gayle Roper's Seaside Series is as entrancing and enjoyable as the first. I love the "obscure" women the heroine quotes as motivation for herself and also the idea of the hero having a "dual personality" - as did the villian! I was hooked from the first pages and couldn't put it down. I empathized with Abby's problems with her mother and Marsh's with his dad - all of us had troubled times occasionally growing up. Abby is endearing not only to adults, but obviously cares for kids and pets, too - and kids and pets always know who the good guys are. The relationship with Rick and Celia was a great parallel romance. A highly recommended, great read!
Both my daughter and myself have now read this book, she has done so many times and wanted her own copy. I am happy to see there is a author who writes books with a intriguing plot and continues to put Christ at the center. This world puts many things in the center and forgets why we are here on earth in the first place. Way to go Gayle Roper! Glad to see you are about your father's business!!