What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?
Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.
Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.
This is the first in Marni’s Bar Harbor series, and after shedding many tears throughout this novel and also crying through her acknowledgements you know, you just know that Marni’s words don’t just compose a novel, they compose art. (End of run-on sentence). There is pain that we all experience throughout life, we know what if feels like and we don’t wish it upon others. We can not protect others we love fully from this pain as we all know we learn from this and grow…adapt. Drew, Justin, Brady, Rae, and even their parents have all felt or continue to feel pulled beneath by pain that consumes them in a way that ties them together. Drew is trying to put together the pieces of her heart, her life that she’s been left in the dark about. Her journey of breaking free was a break through for me also, made possible by Marni’s words and the experiences she had, and the attention paid to specific events. The journal entries and letters became a focus for me a driving point of discovery. I’m anxious for more of the gang from Bar Harbor. I’m hopeful for Brady and his happiness, I want more of Gianna’s powerhouse forthright words of wisdom, and I’m excited for Rae’s break through to find her all-time sweet and comforting side I felt was itching to break-free. Were there times that these characters words and actions hurt?, of course! But seeing underneath these choices has given me hope and has me anticipating the next in the Bar Harbor series. Give this a try and develop your Bar Harbor crush!! Rating: 5 light-filled stars
A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.
When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.