A woman strives to move beyond her devastating past in an uplifting novel filled with hope and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart.
In the wake of her daughter’s unexplained suicide and her husband Jim’s sudden abandonment, Liddy Bryant is determined to move on and make some positive changes in her life. In her hometown of Wyndham Beach, the neglected and shuttered bookstore is also in need of renewal, and Liddy recognizes an opportunity to get herself and the bookshop back on track. With a little help from her friends, she’s well on her way.
Local contractor Tuck Shelby has been a friend of Liddy’s forever. He’s made himself indispensable in the rehab of her shop—and in her life—but now he wants out of the friend zone. Then Jim returns with a long-overdue apology, hoping for forgiveness and a chance to start over, and Liddy has a life-changing choice to make.
Into a year when Liddy’s faced changes and the shocking truth of a well-kept secret comes not only a second chance at love, but a second chance at life.
Mariah Stewart writes about women with real-world problems and does it well. I especially liked Liddy, the protagonist in Book Two of Stewart’s new Wyndham Beach series, who appeared as one of a trio of best friends in Book One.
Liddy is a mature woman, and somewhat offbeat, with her never-die hippie style hair and fashion. Though she’s outwardly unconventional, (and what could be more unconventional than buying an unprofitable bookstore to reopen in today’s market?) her desire for acceptance, success and love make her much like the rest of us.
Liddy has been abandoned by her longtime husband under the cruelest possible circumstance and I found myself rooting for her throughout the book. You’ll love the twist at the end! No spoilers here. A highly recommended series featuring mature heroines.
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