"Breakwater Bay" by Shelley Noble is a perfect book to pick up and read by the pool or at the beach. It's about relationships and family -- and what makes a family. The book begins with a rescue in a storm and a baby being born. Meri Hollis, the protagonist, emerges thirty years later. She is waiting to get engaged and celebrating her birthday. Her grandmother gives her a letter from her mother, who had died years before. She learns that her mother was not her birth mother.
Meri sets out to find out who exactly she is, and along the way she realizes what it is that she wants out of life. And marriage to her boyfriend may not be one of those things. What she does realize is that love -- of family and others -- has been right in front of her all along.
The setting -- the water and the beauty of the Breakwater Bay -- becomes almost another character in the story. The historical homes add depth to the whole picture of Breakwater Bay.
It's a touching story with many multi-faceted characters, and it makes for a lovely bit of escape reading.
Please note: This review is based on the advance reader's copy provided by the publisher, William Morrow, for review purposes.
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