Redemption Bay

Redemption Bay

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by RaeAnne Thayne
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the

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New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it's least expected.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Hope's Crossing is a charming series that inspires hope and the belief miracles are possible." —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Small-town sensibilities drive this very sweet romance in which two people learn that everything that makes them good friends makes them easy to love."

-Library Journal on Blackberry Summer

"Plenty of tenderness and Colorado sunshine flavor this pleasant escape."

-Publishers Weekly on Woodrose Mountain

"Thayne, once again, delivers a heartfelt story of a caring community and a caring romance between adults who have triumphed over tragedies."

-Booklist on Woodrose Mountain

"If you're going read only one book this season, make it Blackberry Summer." —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"...a sometimes heartbreaking tale of love and relationships in a small Colorado town...Poignant and sweet, this tale of second chances will appeal to fans of military-flavored sweet romance." -Publisher's Weekly on Christmas in Snowflake Canyon

"Thayne pens another winner by combining her huge, boisterous cast of familiar, lovable characters with a beautiful setting and a wonderful story. Her main characters are strong and three-dimensional, with enough heat between them to burn the pages." -RT Book Reviews on Currant Creek Valley

"An unlikely pair of damaged protagonists find healing, purpose, and love in this quirky, funny, warmhearted romance that will draw readers in and keep them enthralled until the last romantic page."—Library Journal on Christmas in Snowflake Canyon

"Thayne's latest in the Hope's Crossing series is a story of love, forgiveness and healing. Once again, Thayne proves she has a knack for capturing those emotions that come from the heart. With great tenderness, she tells Spencer and Charlotte's story, bringing readers back to the quaint town of Hope's Crossing and its unique, charming residents. Crisp storytelling and many amusing moments make for a delightful read." -RT Book Reviews on Willowleaf Lane

"Thayne presents a heartfelt tale of sorrow, redemption and new beginnings that will touch readers." – RT Book Reviews on Sweet Laurel Falls

Library Journal
06/15/2015
There's not much that McKenzie Shaw, flower shop owner and town mayor, wouldn't do to help her struggling community. Then tech millionaire Ben Kilpatrick, her secret childhood crush and the man who sent Haven Point's economy crashing down when he closed his family's boat-building business, suddenly comes back and rents the house next door. The old anger flares, and it's all McKenzie can do to remain civil. Ben isn't happy about being back in town either, but his company is looking for a new site, and Haven Point is one of the options. Ben is dead set against the idea until his prickly but practical neighbor realizes that, for the good of the town, she has to change his mind. The verbal sparks fly as an outspoken, fiercely loyal heroine and a smart but baggage-laden hero deal with old betrayals and startling revelations. VERDICT Tiny Haven Point springs to vivid life in Thayne's capable hands as she spins another sweet, heartfelt story filled with an abundance of gossipy, helpful, and crotchety townsfolk; a pair of lovable dogs; and plenty of homespun charm. Thayne (Snow Angel Cove) lives in the mountains of northern Utah.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373785063
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
06/30/2015
Series:
Haven Point Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
96,798
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Read an Excerpt

This was her favorite kind of Haven Point evening.

McKenzie Shaw locked the front door of her shop, Point Made Flowers and Gifts. The day had been long and hectic, filled with customers and orders, which was wonderful, but also plenty of unavoidable mayoral business.

She was tired and wanted to stretch out on the terrace or her beloved swing, with her feet up and something cool at her elbow. The image beckoned but the sweetness of the view in front of her made her pause.

"Hold on," she said to Paprika, her cinnamon standard poodle. The dog gave her a long-suffering look but settled next to the bench in front of the store.

McKenzie sat and reached a hand down to pet Rika's curly hair. A few sailboats cut through the stunning blue waters of Lake Haven, silvery and bright in the fading light, with the rugged, snowcapped mountains as a backdrop.

She didn't stop nearly often enough to soak in the beautiful view or enjoy the June evening air, tart and clean from the mighty fir and pines growing in abundance around the lake.

A tourist couple walked past holding hands and eating gelato cones from Carmela's, their hair back-lit into golden halos by the setting sun. From a short distance away, she could hear children laughing and shrieking as they played on the beach at the city park and the alluring scent of grilling steak somewhere close by made her stomach grumble.

She loved every season here on the lake but the magnificent Haven Point summers were her favorite—especially lazy summer evenings filled with long shadows and spectacular sunsets.

Kayaking on the lake, watching children swim out to the floating docks, seeing old-timers in ancient boats casting gossamer lines out across the water. It was all part of the magic of Haven Point's short summer season.

The town heavily depended on the influx of tourists during the summer, though it didn't come close to the crowds enjoyed by the larger city to the north, Shelter Springs—especially since the Haven Point Inn burned down just before Christmas and had yet to be rebuilt.

Shelter Springs had more available lodging, more restaurants, more shopping—as well as more problems with parking, traffic congestion and crime, she reminded herself.

"Evening, Mayor," Mike Bailey called, waving as he rumbled past the store in the gorgeous old blue '57 Chevy pickup he'd restored.

She waved back, then nodded to Luis Robles, locking up his insurance agency across the street.

A soft, warm feeling of contentment seeped through her. This was her town. These were her people. She was part of it, just like the Redemption Mountains across the lake. She had fought to earn that sense of belonging since the day she showed up, a lost, grieving, bewildered girl.

She had worked hard to earn the respect of her friends and neighbors. The chance to serve as the mayor had never been something she sought but she had accepted the challenge willingly. It wasn't about power or influence—not that one could find much of either in a small town like Haven Point. She simply wanted to do anything she could to make a difference in her community. She wanted to think she was serving with honor and dignity, but she was fully aware there were plenty in town who might disagree.

Her stomach growled, louder this time. That steak smelled as if it was charred to perfection. Too bad she didn't know who was grilling it or she might just stop by to say hello. McKenzie was briefly tempted to stop in at Serrano's or even grab a gelato of her own at Carmela's—stracciatella, her particular favorite—but she decided she would be better off taking Rika home.

"Come on, girl. Let's go."

The dog jumped to her feet, all eager, lanky grace, and McKenzie gripped the leash and headed off.

She lived not quite a mile from her shop downtown and she and Rika both looked forward all day to this evening walk along the trail that circled the lake.

As she walked, she waved at people walking, biking, driving, even boating past when the shoreline came into view. It was quite a workout for her arm but she didn't mind. Each wave was another reminder that this was her town and she loved it.

"Let's grill some chicken when we get home," she said aloud to Rika, whose tongue lolled out with appropriate enthusiasm.

Talking to her dog again. Not a good sign but she decided it was too beautiful an evening to worry about her decided lack of any social life to speak of. Town council meetings absolutely didn't count.

Her warm mood lasted until a few houses from her own, when an older gentleman out clipping the tall hedge in front of his trim brick home whirled to face her, almost as if he had been lying in wait for her—probably exactly what he had been doing.

"I need a word with you, missy."

Her stomach dropped. Darwin Twitchell—the bane of her existence and the three previous mayors before her.

"Mr. Twitchell. How are you this lovely evening?"

"Terrible," he growled. He wore a perpetual frown, much like his English bulldog, Petunia, who adored him. Of the two, Petunia clearly had the more appealing personality.

"I'm sorry to hear that," she answered, trying to be polite.

"Oh, I doubt that. I really do."

She tried so hard to be nice to Darwin. It was almost a point of honor with her, but he was one of those perpetually unhappy people who twisted everything around and made it so difficult to be kind.

As both a natural-born and determined optimist, she struggled every time she had dealings with the man—which was at least two or three times a week when he came to her with some kind of beef about the city.

A Korean War combat vet, Darwin had recently become a widower. In the months since, he had become even more sour, if possible. Though arthritis gnarled his fingers and he relied on a cane for balance and support, he still somehow managed to keep his yard and house exquisite, without a stray leaf or overgrown branch.

She considered it one of life's great mysteries that a man who seemed to be a festering pile of frustration could expend so much effort and energy into making his property into a restful oasis of blooms and trailing vines and sturdy, beautifully placed trees.

A mystery she would try to puzzle out another day, she told herself. She had a chicken breast to grill—after she dealt with whatever stick he had up his hindquarters today. Dealing with irate citizens was part of her description as mayor, like it or not.

"How can I make things better for you this evening?" she asked politely.

"How long have you had your name on the door at the mayor's office in city hall?" he demanded.

"Six months, Mr. Twitchell." Six difficult, stress-filled months. Why, again, had she ever thought this whole mayoral gig was a good idea? Oh, yes. Because she loved this town. Perhaps not every single inhabitant, though.

"Six months." Darwin scowled. Or maybe he was beaming with happiness and glee. It was hard to tell, since all his facial expressions looked the same. "And how long have I been warning you about that bridge over the Hell's Fury?"

The expression was a scowl, then. Not really a surprise.

She forced a smile. "Just about every week for the past six months, Mr. Twitchell."

"I don't know why I waste my breath. You obviously don't care, since you haven't done a damn thing about it since you've been in office."

She tried not to let that sting, especially considering all the things she had accomplished in six short months. He was a lifelong resident of this town, one of her constituents, and she owed it to him to try to address his concern. As much as she wanted to hug his adorably grumpy-faced dog and walk away.

"The public works director is aware of the problem. We've talked to the state about it. It's on the list. We're waiting on a couple of grants and appropriations to come through. When that happens, it will be at the top of our list, I promise you."

"When will that be?"

"I'm afraid I can't tell you exactly. As I'm sure you're aware, it costs a great deal of money for that kind of project. Right now the city cupboard is a little bare for a major infrastructure repair."

"If this were Shelter Springs, we would have had a dozen new bridges by now. My nephew, the mayor, would never let things go this long."

She had heard the same argument plenty of times over the past six months. According to Darwin, Mayor Martin of Shelter Springs could walk the entire length of Lake Haven without getting the cuffs of his tailored slacks damp.

"Now, Mr. Twitchell, we have our challenges, yes. But the people of Shelter Springs have their own."

She would like at least one of their problems—more tax revenue than they knew what to do with.

Instead, her downtown was dead and most of the available property had been tied up for years by one man.

Ben Kilpatrick.

Just the thought of him made her grind her back teeth and grip Rika's leash a little more tightly.

"You'd better do something about that bridge or there's going to be trouble, mark my words," Darwin grunted.

"I appreciate the advice, Mr. Twitchell," she lied.

"And another thing. Garbage collection. That darn truck knocked over my can again for the third week in a row! Does that fool driver even know how to operate the thing?"

Apparently the mayor, by virtue of the office, was responsible for every single thing that went on within the city limits. Garbage collection was run by the county, as Mr. Twitchell fully knew.

"It might have something to do with the slope at the end of your driveway. It's a little tricky to set the can down just so."

"I don't know why we ever had to switch over to those stupid automated trucks. Who can even pull those big cans out to the street, unless they're a superhero or something? More trouble than it's worth, you ask me."

Who would ever be dim enough to ask Darwin Twitchell anything, unless he or she wanted to spend the rest of the day listening to his lengthy litany of complaints?

She drew in a deep breath, focusing on the scent of pine and lake instead of acrimony. Darwin was an object of pity. He had little to do but sit around and stew about everything wrong in his world, both globally and locally. The challenge of righting a tipped-over can probably represented all the things he could no longer do because of his age and physical limitations.

McKenzie forced a smile, trying her best to inject a little genuine compassion in it. "Next time the truck tips over your can when it's done taking your garbage, please leave it. I'll be happy to pick it up for you and roll it back to the house."

He harrumphed at that and she knew he would never consider leaving his can tipped over all day, waiting until she could get to it. He was so particular, he raked the gravel out on his parking strip if anybody so much as left a bike tire trail through it.

"Just find a damn garbage truck driver who knows what the Sam Hill he's doing. That's all I ask. Nobody cares anymore about doing a good job. They're all so busy on their computers, sending out nekked pictures of their whatsit."

She almost laughed aloud—why didn't anybody send her nekked pictures of their whatsit?—but she managed to contain it. "I'll talk to the county public works supervisor and ask him to remind the garbage collectors to be a little more careful."

"You do that. And take care of that bridge, too!"

He gripped his cane and made a sharp gesture to Petunia, who had the effrontery to be fraternizing with the enemy—or at least the enemy's cinnamon poodle—then shuffled back up his driveway with the dog trotting behind him.

She sighed and continued on her way. She wouldn't let one cranky old man ruin her enjoyment of this beautiful summer evening.

When she reached her lakeside house, however, she forgot all about Darwin and his perpetual complaints when she discovered a luxury SUV with California plates in the driveway of the house next to hers, with boat trailer and gleaming wooden boat attached.

Great.

Apparently someone had rented the Sloane house.

Normally she would be excited about new neighbors but in this case, she knew the tenants would only be temporary. Since moving to Shelter Springs, Carole Sloane-Hall had been renting out the house she received as a settlement in her divorce for a furnished vacation rental. Sometimes people stayed for a week or two, sometimes only a few days.

It was a lovely home, probably one of the most luxurious lakefront rentals within the city limits. Though not large, it had huge windows overlooking the lake, a wide flagstone terrace and a semiprivate boat dock—which, unfortunately, was shared between McKenzie's own property and Carole's rental house.

She wouldn't let it spoil her evening, she told herself. Usually the renters were very nice people, quiet and polite. She generally tried to act as friendly and welcoming as possible.

It wouldn't bother her at all except the two properties had virtually an open backyard because both needed access to the shared dock, with only some landscaping between the houses that ended several yards from the high water mark. Sometimes she found the lack of privacy a little disconcerting, with strangers temporarily living next door, but Carole assured her she planned to put the house on the market at the end of the summer. With everything else McKenzie had to worry about, she had relegated the vacation rental situation next door to a distant corner of her brain.

New neighbors or not, though, she still adored her own house. She had purchased it two years earlier and still felt a little rush of excitement when she unlocked the front door and walked over the threshold.

Over those two years, she had worked hard to make it her own, sprucing it up with new paint, taking down a few walls and adding one in a better spot. The biggest expense had been for the renovated master bath, which now contained a huge claw-foot tub, and the new kitchen with warm travertine countertops and the intricately tiled backsplash she had done herself.

This was hers and she loved every inch of it, almost more than she loved her little store downtown.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including four RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

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Redemption Bay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Evarista More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne welcomes us again to Haven Point and it is wonderful to be back!!! We are effortlessly drawn to Thayne's rich, complex, and sympathetic characters. McKenzie Shaw is sweet, warm and caring and uses all her resources to take care of the people of Haven Point. Ben Kilpatrick is a local boy all grown up with a heartbreaking past and a grudge against the town he grew up in. Ben is now a strong, handsome, successful man who wants to leave his past and Haven Point behind. MCKenzie and Ben are thrown together as she tries to convince him to save the town she loves.<br /> Thayne offers us more then a heart warming romance, she offers us brilliant insight into the complex problems and virtues we all possess. I am always taken with how brilliantly she creates a town and people we feel personally vested in. I love the complexity of Thayne's characters and the obstacles they have to overcome to find each other. I am always surprised and delighted by how thoroughly she draws me in and how much I love her towns and her characters.<br /> You will love McKenzie. She and Ben will warm your heart and you will be rooting for them to find each other. The town's people will captivate you and make you long for many more visits to Haven Point. Thayne makes you love her characters and long to live in the sweet towns she creates. Ben and McKenzie will break your heart and then fix it as they overcome their pasts and their differing views to find each other. Redemption Bay is simply a wonderful book.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a longtime RaeAnne Thayne fan and Redemption Bay is the newest of her books. I am always drawn into her stories as they are all about heart and gut-wrenching emotions. This story is about McKenzie Shaw and Ben Kilpatrick. Both Mackenzie and Ben had life impacting difficulties in their early lives that made them who they are today. And those childhood memories color the life they are trying to lead. Ms. Thayne put heart and soul into the story and we get to go thru their journey with them. I loved how they both had to come to terms with past issues and heartache to be the people they are at the end of the book. Both had to work thru insecurities and misunderstandings and it wasn&rsquo;t until they admitted to themselves, and each other, that they were hurting and had been hurt in the past, that they could grow closer and be together. These two are perfect for one another. I don&rsquo;t want to give any of the story away as Ms. Thayne&rsquo;s stories are all about the journey &ndash; and the journey is all about the details &ndash; but I can highly recommend this book. You will enjoy.
kenoqueen15 More than 1 year ago
I think its home town feel at its best. McKenzie Shaw is a shop owner and the mayor of her home town Haven Point, and she is in for a jolt when she finds out who is renting the house next door to her, its Ben Kilpatrick, her childhood crush. This small town story has the feel you know all the characters. It gave me a few chuckles (Right Out Loud ones)and then some misty eyed moments to and it taught me to look for the good in people. The big secret that comes out adds to the turning the page factor of this heart warming read.
Barbara-Tobey More than 1 year ago
The small town of Haven Point has many stories to tell. Redemption Bay is a heart-warming, emotional love story about love between a man and a women, those in the community and their town and humans and their pets. Disasters big and small and fun-filled lakeside activities will inspire. I was given an uncorrected proof copy to read and review. Love this town and its inhabitants. I look forward to reading more about the people in Haven Point. RaeAnne draws one into the lives of her characters and doesn't let go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been getting this book through an app that gives me a chapter a day. And I must say Rae Anne Thayne has me captivated! I've been racing through these chapters so quickly & I've been disappointed to realize that I've read the chapter in less than 10 minutes. Thank you, Rae Anne Thayne, for writing so eloquently! Can't wait for chapter 9 tomorrow...?
book-addictSR More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne has done it again.   Redemption Bay is a great book with a wonderful story.  I am a big fan of the Hope Crossings series that RaeAnne has written.  I am so happy that this new Haven Point series has a connection to all the folks in Hope&rsquo;s Crossings.  It was nice to see and hear about some of the folks from there.   This story has it all.  You will laugh, cry and read faster to see what is going to happen.  In this book you see folks who have had a painful past and now have to learn to get past it.  By doing this they can fall in love and renew old friendships.  It also shows a wonderful community that is struggling but are always there for each other when they need them.  I loved seeing all the folks in Haven Point and reading about Ben and McKenzie&rsquo;s story.  Ben and McKenzie both had difficult pasts but with the help of their loving dogs they were able to become friends and work thru the past and come together.  I am looking forward to more great stories from Haven Point.
Virginialloyd More than 1 year ago
Review of Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne  Ever have to deal with accusations that turn out to be  assumptions and not the whole truth? How about trying to build up a town whose occupants are blinded by emotions and economics? The new mayor of Redemption Bay could fill your ears with her day to day  dealings with not only her business, but also trying to keep her town from dying. If that wasn't enough,  entering into this fray was the accused who has done everything possible to stay away! What happens when two people who are on both ends of this love/hate spectrum become neighbors? When the entire town frowns upon the returner, does this give him more reasons to dislike the task ahead? Will the mayor be able to cope with her past, much less his? RaeAnne Thayne has done it again, taking us to Redemption Bay where day to day situations are compounded by perceptions and possibilities. Will the true beauty of this town,  these people surface, will redemption be found? Read Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne to find the answers to a community of problems much like any town...maybe even your own!
mommy4max More than 1 year ago
Raeanne Thayne has done it again! You never feel like an outsider looking in. You become part of the community, part of the lifestyle and part of everything that is happening when you delve into one of Thayne's books and Redemption Bay is no different. Small town feel is always the best. Another hit out of the ballpark! Not just another story of romance, but one where people's lives take twists and turns but keep you involved until a happy ending is the final result!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wondetful story pf love, familu values and much mpre. 251 pages pf delight.
LEFord_Scott More than 1 year ago
It has been said, "you can't go home again". Billionaire Ben Kilpatrick knew that; OR did he? When a business trip requires a brief stop in his hometown of Haven Point, Idaho --- you will have to read Redemption Bay to find out what holds Ben to a place he was certain he loathes! RaeAnne Thayne unites readers with old friends, and again brings us a fun read that is hard to put down until you come to the end! I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne always writes stories that are packed full of emotion. Coming to terms with change is never easy. Ms Thayne has crafted a story of unity, healing, transition, forgiveness and understanding. Redemption Bay is a story about moving on, letting go and finding strength in moments of weakness. I enjoyed reading this book. Received an ARC for an honest review.
uhave2loveufirst More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. In book one of the Haven Point series McKenzie Shaw was introduced. The love of her town of Haven Point was strong. The mention of Ben Kilpatrick revealed her intense dislike of him. In the second installment of the Haven Point series, we catch up with McKenzie and are introduced to Ben. McKenzie, Mayor of Haven Point, is struggling to help save her town from the financial struggles she blames Ben for. Ben returns to Haven Point after many years and is not welcomed by McKenzie. Despite her negativity towards Ben, he is in her dreams. Why can't she stop noticing his chiseled jaw and how nice he looks in jeans? Ben has come to evaluate a possible business expansion to Haven Point. Sadly, Ben sees real problems with Haven Point. Will McKenzie be able to sway his opinion. Can they keep things professional? And has Bens mother been keeping a secret? RaeAnnes style of writing kept me invested in the characters. I could envision the town, the shops and the residents. I will be eagerly awaiting the next Book in the Haven Point series.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Entertaining romance, I'll read more by this author.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Enjoyoable readings! Kept me very engaged in the storytelling.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
The second in the series and the book that really introduces you to the town through the eyes of the mayor - McKenzie Shaw. McKenzie was nominated without her knowing, but she loves this town so much and knew that she could do some big things for this small town. Her nemesis who has been away from town - Ben Kilpatrick returns and the city is concerned as to why he has returned. As I said yesterday, I loved RaeAnne Thayne's writing. She is writing in the romance genre, but she has such great plots so it isn't just romance and romance! Like I said yesterday (don't mean to sound like a broken record) I love how although the plot may be predictable from the beginning, the reader still doesn't know how the love birds will get to the end and what bumps and bruises can occur along the way. I did wish for more scenes of Aidan and Eliza, but hopefully they will make a bigger appearance in a future book.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
I can't resist a story set in a small town that is near a pristine lake with majestic mountain views. McKenzie owns a flower and gift shop and is also the mayor of the town of Haven Point. The town gets shaken up when Ben, who lived there years prior, returns to see if the Haven Point could be a new location for another tech facility. Due to his previous history in town, and the suffering he went through with his family, it's a hard, heart wrenching trip for him. The town doesn't want to see him, either, since they blame him for the loss of so many jobs when the boating factory closed down. There is a lot of rebuilding to do in Haven Point, but there are many who live there who want the town to thrive once again. Sparks fly between McKenzie and Ben, but there is a lot of anger, hurt, and distrust between them. I love this series. RaeAnne brings this town alive through its beauty and from the strength of the town folk in it. I'm looking forward to returning to Idaho when the next story is published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dull story. Stopped reading about third in. Loved previous books by author. Hope next books will be better.
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TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
REDEMPTION BAY is the second novel in the Haven Point series. Mayor McKenzie Shaw loves her hometown of Haven Point and will do anything to save it. Haven Point has been struggling since Ben Kilpatrick closed down his family’s boat making factory after his father’s death and none of the townspeople have forgiven him, especially not McKenzie Shaw. Now Ben Kilpatrick is back in town as Caine Tech may be bringing a facility to Haven Point, opening up new opportunities for employment for the townspeople. It’s up to Ben to decide if Haven Point is a good candidate for the new Caine Tech facility. As much as McKenzie hates it, she’ll have to swallow her pride and play nice for the good of the town. REDEMPTION BAY has good characters and a solid story. I liked both Ben and McKenzie and felt their differing viewpoints on Haven Point added a depth to the story. Both of them had difficult childhoods and it was interesting to see how they dealt with them in different ways – Ben turning bitter and McKenzie turning into a champion for her town. Just like the first book in this series, REDEMPTION BAY is a sweet, mostly chaste, and charming story, but has a little more edge and conflict between the characters. While it’s not 100% necessary, I think it’d be a good idea to read this series in order.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne is one of those fabulous authors that can write a book that captivates my attention from the first page to the last. I love small town romance series book and RaeAnne Thayne is one of the reasons why I love this type of books so much. She does a great job of writing new friends for me to meet and wonderful places that I can not wait to revisit. Redemption Bay is another great read in the Haven Point series. If you are like me and fell in love with Ms. Thayne's Hope's Crossing series, you will catch a glimpse of those characters in this series. McKenzie Shaw is one of those strong independent ladies that I couldn't help but feel an instant connection with. This lady has the hopes, dreams, and troubles of the whole town of Haven Point on her shoulders. Thankfully she has a wonderful support system in the towns people, her friends, and her loving sister. McKenzie has not had an easy life. She has had a lot of trauma in her life and has made it through the tough times stronger and with a HUGE heart. Ben Kilpatrick is visiting his home town that holds horrible memories for him. Ben did not have an easy childhood. He has suffered tremendous loss and has the emotional scars to show it. He doesn't want anything to do with his home town. His boss and best friend has sent him on a mission to check out locations for a new company project. Ben doesn't receive the best reception when he arrives in town. A lot of people have hard feelings that he shut down the town's main source of employment. A lot of things happened that Ben didn't know was happening and he is now suffering the wrath of the town for it. McKenzie is one of those who feels Ben should have done more for the town. However, the more time she spends with Ben the more she sees a soft, sweeter side to him. How could you not fall in love with this guy that loves dogs and has an unexpected ease around children? It seems that Ben has another side that a lot of people have not seen yet. McKenzie is surprised to see that there might be more then meets the eye to man she holds responsible for the hard times in Haven Point. Ben and McKenzie have a LOT of problems and obstacles they have to overcome if they have any chance of making a happily ever after happen. Overall, this is yet another fabulous small town romance story from the very talented RaeAnne Thayne. There is drama, a lovely romance with bits of friction, and the wholesome small town friendships that are so enjoyable. The characters are charming, fascinating, and quite enjoyable to read about. Did you check out that beautiful cover? RaeAnne Thayne has some of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. What is even better is that the story inside is just as lovely as the beautiful cover. It just doesn't get much better then that in my book. I can not wait to see who's story is next in this great series. I know I will be looking forward to visiting Haven Point again soon. I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Redemption Bay.
GHott More than 1 year ago
What I liked: Redemption Bay is a great read. It’s not fun and light but it is all-encompassing and heartfelt. I really enjoyed Ben most, McKenzie was just a bit perfect and perky for me to connect with, but I really enjoyed his personality and loved every moment we spent together! What I didn’t like: For the longest time I thought Redemption Bay was just a bit boring. Then, all of a sudden, it drew my heart in and reminded me why I love Haven Point. More… Genre: Contemporary Romance Pages: 384 Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Steam: Just some kissing​ Setting: Haven Point, Idaho Series: Haven Point #2
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Haven Point series by RaeAnne Thayne. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review. This is the fifth book that I have read of RaeAnne's and it is the fifth one that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would read again. I really feel that her books continue to get better and better with each story that she writes. In addition, I like how each of her books are individual but come together to make one great series! What I really enjoyed in this book was the relationships she showed through out the book. Not only of the main characters but also that of a mother and her son. In addition, I also enjoyed the light hearted moments that she put in the book as well. For instance in chapter thirteen: "Are we going to eat first?" Caleb asked. "I'm starving." "Me, too," Luke exclaimed, "I'm so hungry I could eat a worm." "We wouldn't want that," McKenzie said, "Let's see what we can find so you don't have to resort to such desperate measures." I am very interested to see what RaeAnne does with Mckenzie's sisters Devin and Cole Barrett. If there was one part of the book that I felt was lacking was the storyline between Ben and his mother. I felt there could have been more done with that. I think she started to touch on something but that I felt was left incomplete. All in all I think this is a great second book. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional but light hearted books.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading books by RaeAnne Thayne for a long time and I have to say that her latest is probably one of the best stories I have read this year. Emotional, heartbreaking and just basically turns you to mush when you are finished reading. McKenzie Shaw is the mayor of the town and a business owner and when Ben Kilpatrick returns to town it stirs up a bunch of emotions. The story grabs you from the beginning and never disappoints. I cannot wait for others to discover RaeAnne's latest book.
Lynngrier More than 1 year ago
I adored Redemption Bay, the second book of Haven Point series. RaeAnne Thayne has never been a disappointment to me and this series is one of the best! It's nice having a lady Mayor and how McKenzie feels about her people and making improvements for the town and possible Ben is the answer she needs. This story line flows nice and my interest in Haven Point improves with each installment. A must to read series and book and awesome too! I have always loved small towns and this is the best!!