cover image Carolina Home

Carolina Home

Virginia Kantra. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-25093-8

Fisherman and single father Matt Fletcher likes things simple and uncomplicated—in life and love—until the fetching Allison Carter enters his world. A new teacher on Dare Island, Allison is following her passion despite the pressures of a privileged upbringing. When she becomes concerned about Matt’s son’s education, the sparks fly between her and Matt. The arrival of Matt’s troubled brother and an unexpected tragedy push them closer together, with both surprised to find how much they need and want each other. This first in a proposed trilogy introduces readers to the Fletcher clan, whose warmth and devotion feel genuine, and the palpable heat from Matt and Allison ensures a sizzling good time. Kantra’s storybuilding is excellent; readers may feel shortchanged by some unresolved plot points, but hopefully those will be addressed in subsequent installments. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (July)