Carolina Home

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Carolina Home

Dare Island, #1

Carolina Home, by Virginia Kantra, is like a fresh glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day. It’s a lighthearted read. I read it within a span of two days, because I could not put it down. At one point I was cooking dinner with a spatula in one hand and Carolina Home in the other. Yes, it is that good.

When Allison Carter breaks away from the demands of her wealthy family, she ends up on the small North Carolina island of Dare. Everything she has ever known is moot over on Dare. The way she grew up is nothing like the way people of Dare Island did, so Allison finds it hard to fit in. She’s taken on the position of High School teacher; a teacher who wants to make a difference in her students’ lives. What she never expected was to find herself drawn to the quiet boy, and his dashing father.

In a predictable story of boy-meets-girl-and-falls-in-love, Carolina Home brings something a little bit more special. The way Kantra captures the essence of Dare Island, and its people, is mesmerizing. I could not turn the pages fast enough to keep reading. The island itself became a character before my eyes. From bicycling, to dining on the pier, Carolina Home found a place in my heart. The sights and sounds danced before me, and I knew I was reading something pretty darn good.

Overall, Allison Carter is a character that has some growing up to do, and the best part is the readers get to experience it with her. This book is about daring to try something new, daring to take a chance, daring to start over, and daring to love. In the end, Dare Island is a place where beautiful things are made, and hearts are melded into one.

Book Blurb for Carolina Home

Virginia Kantra's breathtaking new series about family ties, second chances, the strength of community, and the power of love...

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island

Steady Matt, the son who stayed

Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back

And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return...

Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times-its traditions slipping away like the sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn't want to be another in the long line of Women Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It's both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.

Then Matt's brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own-and a request that will change all their lives. With a child's welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes...and follow his heart.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2012 4.00