A Turtle Island book
by Kim Law
Sassy tomboy Ginger Atkinson would rather be captaining a deep-sea fishing boat than baking pies, yet she still wishes she had a man to bake for. Sure, the pretty redhead is happy running her late father’s Turtle Island ferry business, but everyone in the world is finding love except her. Stuck on the wrong side of thirty, she’s trying to accept singlehood by building a dream home—for one.
In high school, Carter Ridley loved to sneak off with his good friend Ginger to watch the sun rise over the ocean. But after graduation, his path took a different route. One that, unlike Ginger’s, did get him the spouse and house of his dreams. At least, until a scandal shattered everything.
Running from his heartbreak, Carter returns to Turtle Island, where he discovers that Ginger is all grown up. His teenage friend has become the woman he’s always wanted. But will Carter’s pain scare him away from a chance at happiness? Or can he be the loving partner Ginger’s been looking for?
I haven’t read any of the Turtle Island books and at first I thought I hadn’t read any of Law’s books at all but then I realized I was wrong. A few months ago I read Montana Cherries and really liked it. And based what I’ve read so far, I’m going to be adding her to my always read list because these two have been wonderful.
Both Carter and Ginger have some growing to do and time spent together helps them find their way again. The future Ginger expected hasn’t shown up yet and she’s getting a little desperate. Her thirtieth birthday is here and she’s always expected to be married with kids by now. But the more unsuccessful dates she goes on the harder she tries, which unfortunately doesn’t help. In an attempt to get a relationship to stick, she’s forgotten to be true to herself. Carter is coming out of a very bad end to his marriage and he’s angry at the entire world. Back on Turtle Island to check in on his sister has him running into his old friend, Ginger. It doesn’t take long for her sassy & bright personality to start bringing him out from behind his walls … but that doesn’t mean he’s ever going to want to expose his heart again.
The relationship that develops between these two is just about perfect. I love them together as they become friends again, which of course develops into an attraction, but with Carter’s faith in tatters he’s only willing to go for something casual. Being a romance, you know that that doesn’t stick, but it’s nice to see them try 🙂 And while they do have some crazy hot chemistry (sizzling hot!), they also have a strong foundation of mutual respect and caring which lays the groundwork for something more to happen eventually … once Carter gets over his past hurts.
With characters that pop and story lines that keep me glued to the pages, I’m keeping my eye on what Law delivers next – it’s sure to be fantastic!
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