It’s dangerous to be the first wife of any man in Sand Castle Bay, N.C.: you will inevitably die to clear the way for one of the Castle sisters, at least if Sand Castle Bay and this lugubrious sequel are anything to go by. Public relations whiz Gabriella Castle—pregnant, jobless, and dumped—flees Raleigh for her family’s restaurant in Sand Castle Bay, where local sculptor Wade Johnson is recovering from the accidental deaths of his wife and unborn child. Sparks fly between Wade and Gabi, but Gabi is reluctant to give up her career ambitions and wonders whether Wade can truly accept another man’s baby. With the support of her relentlessly matchmaking grandmother, sisters, and father, Gabi settles into the small town, turning her skills to helping out the locals. There are few surprises and little heat in this leisurely contemporary, but readers who like a sweet and slow read will enjoy Gabi’s process of self-discovery. Agent: Denise Marcil, Denise Marcil Literary Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/04/2013 Release date: 04/01/2013 Genre: Fiction
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