Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him—too gorgeous, and still too good for her—and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.
Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss—if she’s run away to the Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…
There is so much to love in this latest release from Sarah Morgan. To be honest, I’ve never read anything by her before-which I’m going to rectify soon-but with just Holiday in the Hamptons she’s jumped to the top of my favorite authors list.
Holiday in the Hamptons is part of the Manhattan in Love series but is easily read as a standalone. This second chance romance takes readers from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan to the tip of Long Island and had this native New Yorker yearning for the easier days of my youth, spent on the beaches of the south shore. The small little town on the South Fork of Long Island is one of the stars of this book, the gently rolling waves of the Atlantic and quiet sunsets drawing me in and warming me with its intensity.
The characters of Holiday in the Hamptons are wonderful. Felicity Knight, aka Fliss, while a successful business woman, is still emotionally broken from her childhood. I easily related to this woman who has allowed negative self talk to isolate her emotionally from the people she loves. Between an emotionally abusive father, exposure to her parents’ toxic relationship, and the loss of her childhood sweetheart that ended in heartbreak, Fliss has strived to build her business and protect her twin sister from being hurt by anything. She runs from Manhattan to the Hamptons to avoid Seth Carlyle, her ex-husband that she’s never gotten over. But, where Fliss is broken emotionally, Seth is sure of himself and determined to not let Fliss slip through his hands again.
Fliss’s journey in Holiday in the Hamptons had me laughing, crying, and shouting for joy as Seth and Fliss’s grandmother slowly draw her out of her protective shell, showing her that with trust the walls she’s built around herself can be torn down. Seth is a wonderful character. He’s mourning the death of his father and faced with selling his childhood home in the Hamptons, one that’s filled with memories he treasures. His upbringing was the complete opposite of Fliss’s, filled with love and acceptance. He wants nothing more than to recreate this with Fliss, but first he has to learn that being in a relationship with her requires him to think outside the happy box he grew up in. Holiday in the Hamptons is wonderful in its character growth for these two characters who clearly love each other.
Their chemistry is off the charts, but Morgan never uses sex to move the plot forward, which was refreshing and true to the story as Fliss and Seth’s attraction prevented them from seeing all the emotional nuances that eventually lead to their marriage disintegrating. I loved the slow burn to this story, especially as Seth gently draws Fliss out, showing her that she can trust him with her feelings.
Fliss’s grandmother is delightful and the renewed relationship between the two of them is one of the highlights of the book. Told by her father that she’s worthless, Fliss has always seen herself as the “bad twin”, her sister Harriet the only one deserving of praise. As she learns that her grandmother has always been proud of her, she starts to open up to her. Through cooking, they form a bond. I loved that Fliss finally found the “parental” relationship she’d been missing her entire life, one that allows her to finally let go of her fierce need to protect and finally live comfortably in her own skin. And, did I mention there are dogs? Lulu, Charlie, and Hero are scene stealers on more than one occasion!
Holiday in the Hamptons is definitely one of my favorite reads this year and I can’t recommend it enough.
5 stars for Holiday in the Hamptons. Heat level: 2
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Holiday in the Hamptons releases on August 29, 2017 from HQN Books.
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and she won their Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 as well as making numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
Sarah lives near London with her family, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
Readers can find out more about Sarah and her books from her website www.sarahmorgan.com. She can also be found on Facebook (AuthorSarahMorgan) and Twitter (@SarahMorgan_)