Carolina Girl [NOOK Book]


Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he’d never return
Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island—her family’s home for ...
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Carolina Girl

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Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he’d never return
Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island—her family’s home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life.
Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can’t avoid the reminders of the past she’d rather forget—especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend. Their one disastrous night of teenage passion should have forever killed their childhood attraction, but Sam seems determined to reignite those long-buried embers. As Meg discovers the man he’s become, she’s tempted to open her vulnerable heart to him. But she has no intention of staying on Dare Island—no matter how seductive Sam’s embrace might be…
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“VIRGINIA KANTRA DELIVERS.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Carolina Girl

Carolina Girl positively sizzles with sexual tension and hums with the rhythm of life on a North Carolina island where family matters most and love really does conquer all. I loved it—read it in one sitting and cannot wait for the next book in the series!”—Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Way Home

Praise for Carolina Home
“A story as fresh as the Carolina ocean breezes…it’s always a joy to read Virginia Kantra.”—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author
“Kantra's Carolina Home is intimate and inviting, a feel-good story featuring captivating characters who face challenges as touching as they are believable...contemporary romance at its most gratifying.”—USA Today Happy Ever After

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101623411
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Dare Island Series, #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 54,198
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author of Carolina Home and the Children of the Sea series, Virginia Kantra has won numerous industry awards, including Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and two National Readers’ Choice Awards.
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  • Posted November 4, 2014

    I started the series because of a review I saw in RT Book review

    I started the series because of a review I saw in RT Book review for book #3 and I like to read the books in order.  I really liked this book. What Meg went through in New York with her job I can so relate. Virginia Kantra does a great job at writing such real characters.  I love how the family grows that everybody is still part of the family and in the books.  She has told another great story that just brings out so many emotions can't wait for the next book. 

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    After finishing Carolina Home I was itching to begin Carolina Gi

    After finishing Carolina Home I was itching to begin Carolina Girl. I wasn't a big fan of Meg Fletcher's in book one- she was very prickly with Allison and much less casual and easily likable than the other Fletchers. But I did pick up on a tense connection between Meg and Sam Grady, Matt's best friend, which obviously interested me. Most of all, I had upmost faith in author Virginia Kantra to deliver another rich story in what has become a treasured series.

    In Carolina Home, Meg left her busy life in New York to help her family when matriarch Tess is severely injured in an accident. Not only is her mother's health a priority, but also the running of the inn the family owns, as well as Taylor, youngest brother Luke's recently discovered daughter. (and I do love that Taylor's story arc plays out across the series) Believing her mother gave up her dreams to follow her Marine father, Meg wants a life of her own. A life of control, order and quiet companionship with her long-time boyfriend Derek. As Meg spends time back on Dare Island, in the family home, she surprisingly finds herself enjoying the reconnection to her family and her home. One particularly bright yet painful spot: Sam Grady.

    Sam Grady is the honorary Fletcher. With a complicated home life, he always longed for the affection and happiness he found with them. The only problem is, Sam began to see Meg as not only Matt's little sister but also as a beautiful young woman. Meg was in love with Sam for years, though the two never shared their feelings. A drunken night years ago changed everything. After eighteen years, Meg is home and Sam quickly realizes the time is finally right. Now to make her see that.

    Sam and Meg had such a well-developed story, a true second chance romance. Meg's first love was Sam, but the one night they shared left her with bitter feelings. The two lost most of their long-time connection, but as it always goes with true love, the feelings never died no matter how much Meg told herself otherwise. Spending a few powerful moments with Meg makes Sam quickly realize the two do belong together. Of course, convincing Meg is a challenge, and thank goodness Sam is both strong enough to take her on, yet smart enough to handle it in a way that keeps Meg from running. Well, mostly. Meg is stubborn and scared of losing herself. I'll admit that she could be frustrating. I mean, Sam clearly knows what's up, as does Tess and Matt. Kantra, however, always gives remarkably clear insight into her characters, so that despite her fighting her feelings, Meg didn't frustrate me with her fears and reluctance because I understood her. I understood Sam's hesitation to push Meg even though he knows they belong together. To be with Meg Fletcher means letting her be her own person. Sam understands that and he's with her all the way.

    I am so happy to be finding such excellent book men these days. The Dare Island men are among the best. In fact everything about this series makes me happy: the strong,loving characters, the focus on the incredibly endearing Fletcher family, the gorgeous island setting and of course, the romance.

    Favorite Quotes:

    His dark hair was a little longer and his body, in jeans and a black Polo shirt, had filled out some since his glory days in high school. But his eyes were the same, green, clear, and sharp as a broken bottle, and his smile could still sell anything to any woman foolish enough to buy. Toothpaste. Unnecessary luxury items. Sex.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    Meg Fletcher is a complicated woman. She is strong, driven and r

    Meg Fletcher is a complicated woman. She is strong, driven and refuses to settle back home. She doesn’t want to be like her mother, following a man around and giving up her dreams. However, her mother’s car accident has her back on Dare Island to help run the inn and take care of her new niece, Taylor. And to lick her wounds after being fired and her live-in boyfriend thinking they need time apart to “reevaluate” their relationship. We all know what that means.

    Meg also dreads coming back to Dare Island for another reason, Sam Grady. Sam is the best friend of her brother Matt and was also her first lover. The drunken coupling twenty years ago and the embarrassment of Sam ignoring her afterwards still stings to this day. So she’s definitely all for avoiding him, until he shows up at the airport to pick her up instead of Matt. He’s still gorgeous, but she’s not going to fall for his easy smile and sweet talkin’ swagger again. Or at least she hopes not.

    Sam is happy Meg is back in town. He knows he was a jerk all those years ago and he wants to make it up to Meg and start over. Sam knows his time is limited to win Meg’s forgiveness so he pours on the charm and ends up entangling himself in emotions and feelings both new and frightening. Can Meg and Sam truly make a go of things or will their different dreams for the future lead them in opposite directions destroying the already fragile relationship?

    Meg, Meg, Meg. I think this girl is a little too strong-willed. I understand wanting a career, money and being successful, but not at the expense of love. All that other stuff will come and go several times in a lifetime, but real love is precious and hard to find. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to shake her while reading this book. 

    I was surprised with Sam. He really grew up and wanted to prove that to Meg, his father and himself. Sam had a tough childhood with his father putting most of his time into his business and not into his son. We get to see Sam be the bigger man and start rebuilding the relationship with his father and step-mother. 

    We also get to see the progress of the custody battle between the Fletcher family and the Simpson family over Taylor. In the previous book we found out that Luke, the youngest Fletcher and active duty Marine, came home to Dare Island with a daughter he never knew about, Taylor. Taylor’s mother had just died and in her will the she stipulated that she wanted Luke to raise Taylor and not her parents, the Simpsons. Taylor has a lot of problems stemming from her mother’s death and Luke’s deployment. I’ve got a feeling this situation is going to get uglier and we’re going to see some major skeletons come out of the closet. 

    Meg and Sam were tough puzzle pieces to fit together; both driven by careers and success, Sam not so much. I really thought they complimented each other well. And I’m so glad that Meg got rid of her cheating ex-boyfriend. I hope something very medieval happens to him. 

    What I also love about this series is watching the love story between Tom and Tess; Matt, Meg and Luke’s parents. After 38 years of marriage the two are still hot for each other. Fictional or not, having a love strong enough to survive the tests of time and still continue to thrive is a beautiful thing. I love reading about the characters of Dare Island and I can’t wait to get started on Luke’s book. 

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    This is the first book in the Dare Island Series that I've read.

    This is the first book in the Dare Island Series that I've read.  Loved it.  Going to buy the other books right away.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    I want to live on Dare Island!

    The Dare Island Series by Virginia Kantra is one of the best series of this summer's reading for me. There is romance, history, family and lots of heart in these stories. I read the first book of the series just before reading CAROLINA GIRL, and cannot wait for #3 to come out. Ms. Kantra has a hit series on her hands, and she has become one of my favorite authors to go to for a good story.

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