Two Hearts in Winter
Book 2, Ocean City Boardwalk Series - Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 2
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Loss and betrayal have caused Heather Phillips to give up on love. She’s thrown herself into running The Lonely Loon, her Bed and Breakfast located on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The “off season” in this tourist town is usually a time of rest and reflection for her; however, DB Atwell, a famous author, arrives at The Loon for the winter to finish his long-overdue novel. Daniel, too, has faced grief, and tragedy continues to haunt him. Once Heather and Daniel meet, their lives will never be the same.
Reminiscent of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks and culminating in a happily-ever-after similar to the great Nora Roberts, Two Hearts in Winter is a story about learning to let go of the past, about realizing that, though hardship affects us, it need not define us, and about coming to understand and truly believe that beauty is sometimes covered in scars. The human heart has an amazing ability to forgive, to heal, and to hope, especially when touched by love.
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. It's not a long book, so I'm going to have to be ambiguous in places to avoid giving away spoilers.
This book continues the stories of the residents in Ocean City with the focus this time on Heather. Heather is the owner of the Lonely Loon B&B and at the end of the previous book, Following His Heart, she has a new guest check in. He's reserved the entire B&B for the entire winter.
Daniel Atwell needs quiet and solitude. He's supposed to be writing a book, but his secrets are becoming more than he can bear. And, when he realizes that he's creating a frustrating environment for his hostess, he feels the need to reach out to her. And, the more he reaches out to her, the more attracted to her he becomes.
Heather feels attracted to Daniel, but she's ashamed of her body and is convinced that she's ugly. She refuses to allow a man to get close to her.
Can the two of them move beyond their past hurts and pains? Can they resolve the conflict that is keeping them apart?
I enjoyed this book. It does deal with some heavy issues, but those are in a fair and balanced manner. Heather has some very real issues that many women today are facing. Daniel, on the other hand, experiences a living nightmare beyond description. His struggles are real, yet he continues to live in hope of things working out.
The end of the book is also realistic and satisfactory. Not everything is wrapped up in a tidy little bow - that's not real life. But, the reader is left with the satisfaction that the characters will continue to work things to a full and complete conclusion. Hopefully, the next book will focus on Cathy and more of the characters' lives will be revealed. Do not misunderstand, there is NO cliffhanger. But, the reader understands that another character will likely get her story next and the other characters' lives will continue in the background. This story did the same with Sara. Her story continued in the background of this book.
Romance - PG / PG13. There is kissing, some heavy petting, but the romance scene is largely fade to black.
There are some Innuendos - women talking about romance and references of desire between characters
Language - PG / PG13 - There are a few strong words - nothing extreme
My rating - 5 stars
Donna Fasano's Two Hearts in Winter
Welcome to the Lonely Loon B&B. Heather Phillips runs
the Boardwalk establishment.
It is the winter season. Writer DB “Daniel” Atwell has
rented the entire Lonely Loon for the entire winter season.
Both characters are dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.
Romantic sparks are there but will these two be able to
triumph over their circumstances.
The vivid and beautiful descriptions will literally transport
the reader to the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. I
could hear the ocean waves crashing upon the shore plus
smell the sea air.
The characters have dynamic dimensions plus are
well described. These characters jump off the pages right
into your heart.
Two Hearts in Winter is the second book in the Ocean City
Boardwalk series. This book can be read as a stand alone story.
At the end of the story, there are recipes from the Christmas
Eve International Holiday Dinner included for the reader to try.
Thank you to the author for the eBook. My opinion is my own.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jul 29, 2016
- Publisher: Donna J Fasano
- Seller: Donna J Fasano
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Ocean City Boardwalk Series