A lonely woman finds love in a charming seaside town in Macomber's (Merry and Bright, 2017, etc.) latest.
After losing her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and baby niece in a tragic mudslide, Annie Marlow returns to her beloved cottage by the sea in Oceanside, Washington, to find solace—and begins a whole new life. Soon after arriving, she sees an opening for a physician assistant, the job she held before going on bereavement leave. She’s also reunited with painter Seth Keaton, the gentle giant who had a crush on her years ago but was too shy to ask her out. Although Keaton is best known for his intimidating size, he is also soft-spoken and altruistic. In his spare time, he rescues abandoned pets, looks after Annie’s curmudgeonly landlord, Mellie, and helps Annie weed her garden. At first, their slow, sweet courtship simmers in the background of Annie’s other pursuits. Like other Macomber heroines, Annie is endearingly helpful. She quickly becomes the “Dear Abby of Oceanside” as she befriends a pregnant teen, an abused mother, and an anxious patient. With its colorful locals, ocean breezes, and laid-back lifestyle, Oceanside does seem like a dreamy place to call home. But when an unexpected career opportunity in Seattle beckons Annie away from the community she’s grown to love, Keaton must confront his childhood insecurities and tell her how he feels—or risk losing her forever.
Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read—one of Macomber’s best.