No forces in the world can overcome true love…
Tia Louise completely got me with all of the feels in this book. I’m definitely still in book hangover mode as I write this.
Emberly Rose Warren and Jackson Cane have pasts that have been tied together since they were young children. But much of that past is twisted and dark and remains in shadow, although not completely buried. Their young passion and love takes precedent over old secrets, though, and they enjoy one summer full of epic romance, before Jackson heads off to college. They part with promises of letters and visits and pledges to remain true. But old family hatred and more newly surfaced greed interfere with their plans and ten long years pass before Jack returns to Oceanside, to where it all began, in the hopes of figuring out where it all went wrong.
Ember, despite what Jackson has been told, has never left Oceanside. She has also never gotten over the boy, that tasted of cinnamon, who shattered her heart into a million pieces when he left her behind. Her mother, Marjorie, is still living a life tainted by events which happened in her own past. A staid, judgmental, and venom-filled woman, she is hyper-critical of Ember, and loathes and despises everything to do with Jackson’s family.
Emberly is trying her hardest to get her fledgling business off the ground, with the help of her loyal friend Tabby. (This may involve the baking of penis-shaped cakes of various colors, flavors and sizes). Unaware that Jackson is back, hired to paint the storefronts of the local downtown, her emotions run the gamut from shock, to denial, to outrage and pain when she encounters him, at her own store.
It takes the involvement of friends, some creative finagling, a date gone horribly wrong, and finally an outpouring of truth for Ember to listen to and eventually rekindle her love for Jackson. But all is not resolved. Jackson came to Oceanside to get away from the world of corporate law, which he had grown to detest. And that world won’t let him go so easily. And Marjorie’s decades old enmity towards Jackson’s family has only grown stronger since he and Ember have reunited. And she’s determined to not let their relationship succeed.
Will their second chance at true love be spoiled by family and secrets, just as their first was? Do Jackson and Ember have the strength necessary to survive all that will be thrown at them?
Tia Louise has outdone herself on this book. It truly is a fairy tale of a story, complete with multiple villains, a tall, dark and handsome prince who rides to the rescue of the beautiful, long-haired princess, saving her from the attack of the smelly ogre. Set in a sleepy, seaside town, the villagers have important roles in how the drama plays out. And just like in any fabled story, there will be trials and tribulations, but true love and a happily ever after are waiting for every reader.