Friday, January 9, 2015

Aloha to Tracy Solheim and BACK TO BEFORE - Book Review


Chances Inlet, North Carolina, has an infamous power for second chances. But its charms are lost on the town’s favorite son—until she comes along…

When his father’s sudden death puts his family’s construction business in serious debt, architect Gavin McAlister is forced to put his dream career in New York on hold. Making matters worse, his fiancée calls it quits. Desperate to return to his big-city life, he discovers an opportunity to save his family, one that has him reluctantly starring in a home restoration TV show.

Former soap star Ginger Walsh hopes this job as a TV makeup artist will lead to better things. So far it’s only brought her to a hamlet full of people who don’t like her—except Gavin. After a wild night out leads to Ginger waking up in Gavin’s loft—and the rest of town talking—the two of them soon wonder if getting back to before is what they want. Because being in each other’s arms certainly feels like what they need… 

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. - Melody Beattie

Gavin is counting the days until his project - restoring the Dresden Mansion during a DIY reality show - comes to fruition and he can return to his life in New York City.  Ginger is also counting the days until her project - serving as production assistant to the DIY reality show - is over so she return to choreography for a cable music program.  Gavin is welcomed back into Chances Inlet as a beloved son. Ginger is chided as the scheming character she played on a soap opera.   Yet Gavin is drawn to Ginger ... and Ginger gives into her attraction to Gavin.   Neither planned to fall into lust that would ultimate turn into love.   

Solheim delivers another heartfelt romance with lovable characters with flaws all over.   I applaud her for allowing the secondary characters to contribute to the small town charm which creates the magical atmosphere for Gavin and Ginger.   Solheim sprinkles plenty of laugh out loud moments along with a dash of realistic drama to create a feel good "small town" romance.

BACK TO BEFORE kicks off a new series in Chances Inlet for Gavin's brothers to find romance, too.   Chances Inlet is the home town of a character from Out of Bounds series - I appreciated the connection between the two series although BACK TO BEFORE can be read as a stand alone novel.

I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, including books from the Out of Bound series, to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about coastal towns - do you have a favorite?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 17, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 18.


Kim in Baltimore
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  1. Don't have a favorite coastal town, but would love to visit those in the Amalfi Coast.

  2. We have friends in Pine Knoll Shores, NC - visited several times - very nice.

  3. I don't have favourite coastal town,but Port Fairy is really wonderful :)

  4. Every school holiday, my father was a teacher, we would head for Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Still my favourite place on earth.

  5. Scheveningen is always a lot of fun :)

  6. I don't! I haven't spent much time on the coast, unfortunately.

  7. Cape May, New Jersey is a favorite.

  8. I love the Outer Banks in North Carolina. They are amazing.

  9. Since I grew up on the coast of California, I don't have one.

  10. I have never been to one, having been stuck in the middle of the country in Kansas but I would LOVE to visit the east coast and see the lighthouses and beaches! It looks so beautiful in the pictures, I'd love to experience it for myself one day!

  11. I used to love to visit St Simon's Island off the Georgia coast. However, it has been over 25 years since I've been there. I'm positive it has changed a great deal.

  12. I don't have a favorite. I live inland and haven't traveled in a number of years. So sad.

  13. I've enjoyed vacationing on the Isle of Palms SC, just north of Charleston.

  14. My hometown San Diego. I love driving up the coast of CA and seeing the smaller coastal towns.

  15. I don't have a favorite; I'm most familiar with the ones on the DelMarVa peninsula.

  16. Cannot think of any but did love a beach we went to in MD. Cannot remember the name. It was a great time.
    Karen T.

  17. Probably some town in Fla - in my younger days, visited a few cities in Fla.

  18. I don't have a favorite either - most likely some of the cities I visited on cruises.