Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests — and her dispassionate mother insists — that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness — especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.
When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her and –Edisto — from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2017
“Things like love have a way of being in the last place you’re likely to look.”
Lindsey Brackett’s debut novel Still Waters is poignant, heartwarming, and romantic! The Lowcountry coast comes to life with the skill of Brackett’s writing, and the cast of compelling characters moves right on in to your heart. So much more than a romance, this is a story of family and faith and forgiveness that will settle over your soul like a warm ocean breeze.
Cora Anne is a very relatable heroine who will welcome you in to her family and hold open the door for you to Nan’s house and the family cottage. She is beautifully layered and, with each new layer we uncover, the author reveals a bit more of the tenderness of God’s grace. Dysfunction abounds around her, yet so does healing and forgiveness. Nan wraps you in a warm embrace while also whopping you upside the head when needed. Reminded me of my grandmother and I loved this character all the more for it ♥
And then there’s Tennessee. The man, not the state. Blissful sigh. As Suzie Waltner said – “ A man who has every reason to hate her but continues to show up. To draw her out.” And with Tennessee and Cora’s relationship, the author continues to paint a grace-filled portrait of forgiveness and learning to let go of the pain of your past.
Bottom Line: Still Waters is full of great characters, vivid setting, and a sweet story of hope and healing. The romance really acts as a subplot to the bigger picture – of what it means to be a family and how to live with the good, the bad and the ugly of all that defines the word. Fair warning though – you might want to pack your bags and head for Edisto when you’ve closed the last page
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
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