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"A page-turner with a deep heart." (Nancy Thayer, New York Times best-selling author of Girls of Summer)

How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?

Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.

Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again. Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heart...and hope it won’t lead her astray.

"A heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s latest book, When I Found You!

©2021 Brenda Novak (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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An amazing tale of three generations of brave women who each face life altering issues head on. Strap yourself in because these characters jump off the page and pull you right into their lives. A wonderful departure from Brenda.

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  • cynthia
  • 2021-04-18

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I have read almost every single title this author has written. Lets say this book may make me stop.
The narrator was horrible very condescending tone. It made me want to smack every character that she used that voice with.
Then after reading as many titles from this author as I have it felt like the author wanted to go away from her normal writing and be a "relevant" or "award winning" author.
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I hated the ending. Why it wasn't an ending. It stopped. Just Stopped. I guess you could say issues were "resolved" but they weren't
I am so disappointed. I like books that make me think but this one left me on the ledge and no net below to catch me.
I may not be a reader of this author for long. Anyone want my 50 pin?

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  • stella
  • 2021-05-22

Hold on to your hats

Excellent book and well written. Emotions were presemt: joy, nervous, anticipation, fear, and happiness. whew!!

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  • Judy A Berge
  • 2021-05-11

Good book

You will laugh, cry, and you will love the this book . get your self a copy today.

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  • Stephie
  • 2021-05-04

I just loved this book.

Another awesome book my favorites are Autumn, Taylor and Mary. all three had some very tough things to conquer And they did as a family. loved how family pulled together to make through, caden was a trooper with helping his family. love and sacrifice.

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  • Sarah Turtle
  • 2021-04-30

Incredible story as always

Love Brenda Novak’s books! It has more moral ambiguity than I’m happy with but I do understand the characters and am as drawn to them as always!

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  • Bobbi & Tony
  • 2021-04-12

The best summer read of 2021

This is by far one of the best summer reads I have read in years. I was captivated right from the start. With Autumn's husband disappearing to finding out about her father. The summer loves that turn into more and the unexpected twists and turns. I didn't want it to end. I felt like I was right there in Sable Beach with Autumn, Mary, Taylor and Caden. I need more…

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  • Bette Hansen
  • 2021-04-10

Fantastic

This is an emotionally charged story of a family starting over after tragedy strikes. The story has lots of twists and turns that keep you captivated. A must read!

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  • degrees73
  • 2021-05-29

Loved it

An enjoyable tale of getting through lifes challenges big and small together. I love Sierra's strong character.

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  • Rosa Pollock
  • 2021-05-04

Good storyline

Could have been a better ending - I didn’t even realize it was the ending. There seemed to be a lot of loose ends.

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  • Marti Perronie
  • 2021-04-24

Loved this!

Such a great book. So heartfelt and touching. It's the first book I have read from Brenda Novak but I am sure it won't be the last.

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