From New York Times bestselling author
Heidi McLaughlin comes a heartfelt story about overcoming great loss and
forgiving past sins to find happiness again.
Brooklyn Hewett hasn’t stepped foot in Cape Harbor for fifteen years—not since an
accident claimed the love of her life, Austin Woods. Desperate to move forward,
Brooklyn has focused on raising her daughter for the past fourteen years. But
when the opportunity comes along to renovate, and possibly buy, the old
Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn knows it’s time to go home.
But it won’t be
easy. For one, Austin’s best friend, Bowie Holmes, still lives in
Cape Harbor. Brooklyn hasn’t quite been able to forget him: not since the night
they spent together—the same night they both lost Austin. Separated by tragedy
and guilt, they’re brought together by the Driftwood project. And as they rebuild
the inn, they discover they’re also rebuilding something else.
been desperate to move on, not knowing that she first needs to reconcile past
transgressions. She can’t forget, but she can forgive—Austin, Bowie, and
herself—on her way toward long-awaited happiness.
Instead of heading straight to the Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn
detoured and drove down Third Street. This was the only town she had ever lived
in or visited that hadn’t had a Main Street. It was such a random thing she
picked up on when she and her parents moved here years ago. She never
understood why until she learned that when the town incorporated, the people
counted the streets up from the harbor, numbering instead of naming, with First
Street being the closest to the water.
Curiosity filled her. For years she had not asked questions
about her favorite spots, mostly to avoid the feeling of being homesick, but
also so she could forget. The less she knew, the better. The less she longed to
return, the easier it would be to create a new life. That was what she needed
to do: start over, put the past behind her, and move on.
At the red light, she closed her eyes. It only took her
seconds to tell Carly she would come back, even though, deep down, it wasn’t
what she wanted to do. Yet, she owed the woman and could never tell her no.
Brooklyn was content with the life she was living. She was one of the most
sought-after home renovators, with homeowners paying her top dollar to come to
them, to transform their visions into their dream homes. Her job afforded her
many luxuries, except roots. She didn’t rent a home, let alone own one. Each
town became her stomping ground, until the next job came in. She traveled
thousands of miles, back and forth across the country, leaving her mark
everywhere she went.
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys
of Summer, and The Archers.
Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in
picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three
In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a
full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the
acclaimed Forever My Girl.
When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her
sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever
My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and
Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and
opened in theaters on January 19, 2018.
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