Margaret Dane Clayton has spent her entire life at the Dane Crown Inn, the beautiful resort located in the quiet beachside town of Emerald Bay. But the inn once hailed as the “gem of Florida’s Treasure Coast” is showing its age, much like its fiercely independent owner. Margaret swears she’ll keep the doors of the inn open forever … until an accident forces her to accept the fact that she can no longer cater to guests on her own. After reaching the most difficult decision of her life, Margaret asks her daughter and nieces to grant her one final wish before she places the property on the market. But will these five women put their busy lives on hold to grant it?
One by one, each of the cousins arrives in Emerald Bay with armloads of excuses and far too much baggage. But when the town’s grumpy—yet oh, so handsome—mayor threatens to close the inn for good, the women agree to give the resort the overhaul it desperately needs. Working with a bank account that’s far too small and facing one crisis after another, Margaret’s daughter and her nieces race to fulfill her final wish. Only one question remains: Can this fractured family set aside their differences long enough to restore the inn … and rebuild the closeness they once treasured?
Titles in the Emerald Bay series include — Treasure Coast Homecoming —♦— Treasure Coast Promise —♦— Treasure Coast Christmas —♦— Treasure Coast Revival —♦— Treasure Coast Discovery —♦— Treasure Coast Legacy —♦—
Title: Treasure Coast Homecoming
Series: Emerald Bay #1
Author: Leigh Duncan
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published: June 22, 2023
My Rating: 4
Treasure Coast Homecoming begins the Emerald Bay series with a generational love story. Not a romance in the strictest definition of the word, but a love story nonetheless as one stubborn older family member holds onto the dream of bringing her beloved Inn back to life once again. It’s not going to be an easy task, with her daughter and nieces scattered near and far, but family tends to its own… and that’s what it will take to make Margaret’s final dream come true; her family.
I enjoyed this introductory novel to the series very much. There is world-building here; I believe there has to be with a series that looks to contain individual books which will highlight each of the women’s personal journey back home in Emerald Bay, but also how each is affected by the other women’s decisions as well. I see the possibility of romance for at least one woman, and perhaps more will be unveiled in time.
At the heart, Treasure Coast Homecoming is a story about family, how what we once dreamed could be will so often turn out to be something so far different that we don’t even recognize the dream anymore. Amy, Kimberly, Diane, Belle …and of course, the family matriarch, Margaret will all have their hands filled in fulfilling this final wish. Each woman has different life issues and tons of baggage from their own life to deal with running the gambit from careers, failing marriages, rebellious children, and facing realities that none truly want to deal with right now. But for the woman who has opened her arms, her home, and most importantly, her heart to them all in times of need and every day in between these women will do the impossible for the stubborn woman they all love… but none of it is going to be exactly easy.
If you get wrapped up in a family saga then this is an introduction to the Emerald Bay series that you’d want to pick up. I see so many possibilities for these women, and I’m anxious to get started on the rest of this series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout, and I sincerely thank them for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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