Paige Barnes is on the run.
From her junior year of college.
From her ex.
Good thing her mother, true crime author Julia Barnes, just purchased an Airstream trailer for an adventurous move to coastal South Carolina to write her next book. Living by the ocean in a shiny, silver camper may not be what Paige had in mind for the summer, but sometimes a fresh start is just what a girl needs.
That is, if she can escape the past. They’ve barely unhitched the camper when Paige realizes her mother has been keeping secrets. Big ones. They have an entire family living in Ocean Beach that Julia’s never mentioned, a connection to the most notorious serial killer in South Carolina history, and relationships to mend.
All of these things should be enough to distract Paige from her problems, but when she meets recent college graduate Justin Hawkins, a summer rebound seems like a great idea. Part beach bum, part business man, Justin is just the kind of fun Paige hopes will help her forget the mistakes she’s made.
It works until her past comes nipping at her heels and her mother’s secrets are revealed to be darker than she ever expected. Bolstered by their new friends and family, they’re both ready to face their fears head on…but at what cost?
This is another of the free books I’d downloaded from Amazon and promptly forgot all about. Until two days ago. I literally flew through this book.
I honestly expected it to be a run of the mill romance story with a predictable plot. In some areas it was, which is certainly no bad thing, yes the more I read, the more i expected there to be a twist of some sort. There was. I’m not spoiling, I don’t do that!
Paige, at first, is a bit of a spoilt brat. I often forgot she was only 19 and still very young, but as the book moved forwards and we found out more about her, she becomes very likeable and relateable. She definitely grew on me. Her mum… I loved her. She is exactly how I want to be when I’m that age (and that’s not just the writing).
Justin… I wasn’t sure to make of him for most of the book. He was a nice guy, but I kept wondering if he was ‘too’ nice. I mean, he went off to college, did really well, yet came back to his hometown. I commended him for his loyalty to his friends, family, and hometown – especially wanting to make things better for them there, but I wanted more for him.
By far, my favourite character was Anita. She was married and a mother, yet she was still fun and sassy. Everyone should have a friend like her. Sibley was just adorable too!
The flow of the story was a fast paced tale with read very easily. Definitely the perfect beach holiday read.