cover image Beach Season

Beach Season

Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberlin, and Rosalind Noonan. Kensington, $15 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-7582-6563-0

In this satisfying and often heartwrenching anthology that is not your typical cheery beach read, four authors explore the topic of lost love and the magical qualities of unexpected second chances. In Lamb’s “June’s Lace,” a lawyer turned wedding dress designer undergoing a drawn-out divorce meets a sweet songwriter who helps her begin to dream of a happier future. In Chamberlin’s “Second Chance Sweethearts,” long-separated high school flames find each other again in a sleepy Maine beach town after both have divorced others. In Noonan’s “Carolina Summer,” a murder witness encounters a handsome sheriff in the North Carolina beach town where she takes refuge. In Jackson’s “The Brass Ring,” a headstrong doctor is floored when her tennis player fiancé loses his memory in a serious car accident the night before the wedding. Each of the authors proves that with a resilient spirit, love never truly dies—and, in fact, can be sweeter the second time around. (June)