By Gayle Roper
At the age of sixteen Carrie Carter packed up her ten year old sister Lindsay and they ran away from home. Their mother, an alcoholic, and their fathers long gone, they travel to Seaside, New Jersey — a place that holds happy memories for them. There Carrie finds work at a cafe where the owner take her and her sister under their wing. Seventeen years later Carrie is now the owner of the same cafe and is love with her daily customer, Greg Barnes. The last thing Greg, still mourning the lost of his wife and children three years prior, is looking for is love. Carrie is left feeling like God has abandoned her in her search for love.
When Carrie’s dishwasher turns up murdered and her sixteen year old waitress goes missing, Greg, a former Seaside police officer, steps in to help solve the mystery of Seaside. Of course a romance between the two blossoms. You will be on the edge of your seat as you follow them through their quest — will Carrie and Greg end up together at the end or will their past baggage keep them apart? Will they ever find the missing teen and figure out who killed the dishwasher? And why does the name of a “religious” cult keep popping up?
I enjoyed this book. It was a very easy and quick read. I really liked the fact that the author seamlessly jumped between telling the story in first person and third person. The characters were personable and I even found myself thinking Greg reminded me a lot of my husband (also a police officer). The romantic plot was the very typical girl wants boy, girl gets boy, girl loses boy (because boy is an idiot), girl gets boy, everyone lives happily ever after.
I did find the tag line on the back of the book, “She serves him breakfast at her cafe every morning…but he never seems to notice her”, a little cheesy. Also, the book plays a lot off of the Tweeter scene. At times it felt more like the author was poking fun of the Twitter phenomenon.
However, with that said, I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read.