Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seaside Gifts by Gayle Roper

Nan has left the big city and moved into the apartment above the gift shop she inherited.  She loves being by the beach, making new friends that are really friends not just users, and she loves her shop.  Unfortunately, her mother doesn't.  She also doesn't approve of how her furniture is arranged.  And she certainly doesn't understand why she won't come home for the 4th of July and her big party.  After all, she's chosen her a great guy to meet and marry.  Oh, mother...

Redbud Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 18th, so grab a copy then.

Nan does her best to ignore her mother.  She has other problems.  Someone is sneaking in the shop and leaving valuables behind.  She calls it leavery.  The policeman who comes in response to her complaint thought that it was thievery until she explains.  Then he can't understand why she's upset.  Even when she tells him how much the items are worth, he doesn't think there is a crime being committed.  However, he's a bit smitten with her and ends up volunteering to help her with painting her bedroom.  She accepts because she's too busy in the shop to get to it. Both characters have been rejected by those they thought they loved, so they are not going to get involved.  We all know how that goes...

The more they learn about each other and the more things they share helps them think about a new future.  One that includes them both together.

This was a fun read with lots of unique characters, a mystery to solve, a young man who is coming of age, and a growing romance.  I enjoyed the seaside setting and the interplay between characters.  I enjoyed the story and think you will, too.

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