Ten years after leaving home, the last thing Summer Thompson expects is to inherit her estranged father’s half-renovated mansion. And the last thing she wants is to face the memories of the night her brother died, fleeting as they may be. Now a San Francisco museum curator, she plans to stay east just long enough to settle the estate and get rid of the house. Until she finds it occupied by a hunky handyman who’s strangely reluctant to talk about his past.
Damian Knight has been hiding his mother and sister from a violent ex, and Whispering Pines is the one place they’ve found peace and safety. He keeps to himself. He tells no one about his past. Yet when the lonely, haunted Summer steals his heart, he finds himself opening up to her in ways he should never risk. Especially to a woman who’s planning to leave town after selling their refuge out from under them.
As their attraction grows, the past begins to catch up with them. Summer’s mounting flashbacks leave her confused and determined to uncover the truth about the night her brother died. But that truth will cross paths with the man Damian and his family have been avoiding for years.
Can new love help them defeat the pain of the past? Or are some scars too deep to ever heal?
Titles in the Whispering Pines series include — Second Chance Summer – Autumn Allure – Spring Secrets – Winter’s Wonder –
Title: Second Chance Summer
Series: Whispering Pines #1
Author: Allie Boniface
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 29, 2020
Publisher: DFM Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Second Chance Summer is the first title in the Whispering Pines series. Damian and Summer are both running from their pasts, or in Damian’s case his family’s past. Summer has little memory of the night her younger brother died, and she’s been estranged from her father ever since. The last thing she expected was to inherit a rundown mansion after his death. The main house is being remodeled by someone she knows and Damian, whose mother and sister are living (hiding) in the cottage on site. She intends to sell quickly and get out of town – but the family who is staying in the caretaker’s cottage obviously don’t deserve to have their home ripped out from under them. It doesn’t help that her attraction for Damian is giving her second thoughts about so much.
There are so many underlying nuances in Second Chance Summer. Not only a growing romance for Summer and Damian but also suspense and mystery as Summer’s flashbacks to that night emerge – and danger faces them all. I enjoyed Summer and Damian’s story, the romance is a bit light, the suspense and mystery have a stronger presence. This title was previously published and has had revisions and updates to the original story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from DFM Publishing via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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