by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date March 24, 2020
Published by Amazon Publishing
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Genres: Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Women
From New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin comes a heartfelt story about overcoming great loss and forgiving past sins to find happiness again.
Brooklyn Hewett hasn't set foot in Cape Harbor for fifteen years--not since an accident claimed the love of her life, Austin Woods. Desperate to move forward, Brooklyn has focused on raising her daughter for the past fourteen years. But when the opportunity comes along to renovate the old Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn knows it's time to go home.
But it won't be easy. For one, Austin's best friend, Bowie Holmes, still lives in Cape Harbor. Brooklyn hasn't quite been able to forget him: not since the night they spent together--the same night they both lost Austin. Separated by tragedy and guilt, they're brought together by the Driftwood project. And as they rebuild the inn, they discover they're also rebuilding something else.
Brooklyn's always been desperate to move on, not knowing that she first needs to reconcile past transgressions. She can't forget, but she can forgive--Austin, Bowie, and herself--on her way toward long-awaited happiness.
After All by Heidi McLaughlin is the first book in her Cape Harbor series. I listened to this on audiobook. I added this book to my audiobooks library a long time ago and finally had a chance to listen to it. It’s a small town, heartwarming romance between old friends, brought together again to renovate an Inn.
Brooklyn Hewett, left Cape Harbor fifteen years ago after her heart was broken when her boyfriend, Austin, is tragically killed in a boating accident. She returns to the Inn, owned by Austin’s mother, to renovate and bring the Inn back to life. She doesn’t realize that Austin’s best friend, Bowie, will be in charge of construction. Brooklyn and Bowie had a complicated past, and being together again brings back old memories better left forgotten.
I really enjoyed this small-town romance. The characters are strong and likable, and all have their past trama’s to deal with. I thought the pace of the book was good, and the setting was beautiful. There is enough angst between the two main characters to make their path to love realistic and engaging.
The narration was very good. I enjoyed listening to this book.