“Home at Last” by Lily Everett provides a lovely visit to a small town and evokes the way everyone’s lives are interconnected. The importance of staying on the right side of the mavens of society is underscored by Marcus Beckett’s experiences before and after Quinn Harper’s unconventional request. The counterpoint between the relationship that is tentatively unfolding again and the long-term relationship that is teetering on the brink of total destruction despite the love that binds forms a great framework that balances passion, humor, angst, and a bit of a mystery. The tragedies that are gradually revealed have caused scars and a hardened wall, but the careful patience used to break down the barriers is beautifully depicted.
I thought that one of the resolutions was a little forced, even though I was glad of the reconciliation, and the additional point of view provided was a little erratic for me. Despite that, the overall story is charming and romantic, providing a wonderful immersion in the fabric of Sanctuary Island once again.
This contemporary romance is part of the ‘Sanctuary Island’ series and follows Marcus Beckett who has returned to the town, but whose reinvention of his life is stymied by his past history with Quinn Harper. Walled off because of the pain from past tragedies in his life, Marcus lets Quinn coax him into an arrangement against his better judgment, only to rediscover the drawbacks of coming out of his shell. Just like her parents, Quinn reaches a crisis point in her relationship, and only love and forgiveness will allow them to move forward…if they can find a way to access those things.
Home is where the heart is…
In Lily Everett's Home at Last, Marcus Beckett left Sanctuary Island after his mother’s funeral, and he hasn’t been back since. Until now. Needing a change from the high-risk, high-stakes life of a bodyguard, Marcus makes a solitary life for himself running the neighborhood bar in his hometown. His only mistake? Seducing and then dumping the town’s sweetheart, Quinn Harper. Marcus knows he did the right thing—a good girl like Quinn has no business with a broken man like him. But now no one will come to his bar, and he’s watching his last chance at a peaceful life go up in smoke. So when Quinn proposes a fake four-week courtship, he can’t refuse…even though he knows it’s a bad idea.
It’s a romantic charade that will buy Quinn time to distract her mother and father from their own marital problems—and will help Marcus welcome back some paying customers besides. But what begins as an engagement of convenience slowly transforms into a deeper connection, one that heals both of their hearts. . .and ignites the simmering passion between them. Could it be that pretending to be together is just what Quinn and Marcus needed to give their real love a second chance?
"Heartwarming, emotional, extremely romantic...Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island! I guarantee you won't want to leave."—Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author