Suz Mitchell is the determined dreamer we should all be and won’t allow her ex-husband Len’s jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah’s life. An accomplished artist, she moves with her child across the country to California’s central coast and lands a sweet job restoring priceless paintings at the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the ocean.
To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz’s heart. While sorting out the awkwardness of their past split and current spiritual differences, a repentant Len shows up eager to restore his family.
Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost.
What attracted me to this book was the cover. I just loved it. It made me want to go to the beach and sun bake with this book in my hands.
Okay to the actual book itself. I’m not going to beat around the bush instead I’m just to going launch straight in and say that Seth and Suz are great! The tension between them is real. Their desire to recapture their friendship is constantly being tested by their preconceived notions of each other and baggage they carry from past hurts.
Julie does a great job also of the general interaction between all characters – it’s real. I feel like each of these characters were just a part of Otter Bay.
I’m not a beach girl at heart. I grew up in the country and so prefer wide-open plains under a big sky to the ocean. Even though I now live near the beach, I still don’t gravitate towards it. However Julie’s book showed me the beauty of sea life, the sheer joy of just walking along the beach and drinking in God’s creation.
I’m looking forward to reading more adventures in Otter Bay.