Barbary Point

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Barbary Point

Twenty-eight year old Kelly English must travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to settle the estate of her estranged father. Not having him around while growing up makes Kelly wonder why of all the people her dad could have chosen, he picked her to leave everything to. So she figures she’ll head there, sign the necessary paperwork to sell the house and get rid of everything else he had so she can make a quick return back to Los Angeles to her loving fiancé, Thomas, and her busy life being an editor for Coast Today magazine.

When she finally arrives in Oshkosh, it isn’t how she pictured it would be. She finds out that Gene Barbary, her father, has a modest home on the lake and a boat that he used daily to do what he loved to do most – fish. She even gets to meet Mitch Gabriel; a very close friend of Gene’s who used to go fishing with him all the time. Mitch wants to make certain that Danny Lemke, Gene’s lawyer, settles things completely with her including passing ownership of Sam, Gene’s six-year-old yellow lab that Mitch is quite fond of himself. Once Kelly meets Mitch things don’t go as smoothly as she plans. There’s something about this man that sends shivers down her spine, something that she never felt for much older Thomas. When she realizes there’s a mutual spark between Mitch and her, her visions of only staying the weekend, as originally planned, begin to fade away and she wants to learn more about this sexy man and what he knows about her father.

Does the spark between these two turn into something more serious while they’re spending time talking? What about loving and devoted Thomas? Does he realize that he’s on the brink of possibly losing the love of his life to a man she doesn’t even know?

I enjoyed this story and felt bad that Kelly had to face some facts about her father that she never knew. I was happy that Mitch was there to tell her all about Gene and what kind of man he was to everyone in town. I loved the spark that ignited between Kelly and Mitch and I found myself actually wanting her to be with Mitch more than Thomas, who was much older than her. I must admit though that I never saw the ending of this story coming. I was broadsided, to say the least, at what happened to the man she chose to be with. Overall, I thought that Mr. Nayes did a good job with this story.

Book Blurb for Barbary Point

When Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to close out her father's estate, the last thing on her mind is falling in love. Again. Kelly is twenty-eight and engaged to an older man who is quite wealthy. She's happy, and only desires to make the trip back brief, sell her deceased father's place, and return to her stable life in Los Angeles. However, while taking care of business in Oshkosh, Kelly meets a fishing guide, launching her on an emotional journey she never could have predicted or foreseen. Barbary Point is Kelly's story of what happened that one magical week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 3.50