Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 4)

Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 4)

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by Melissa Foster
     
 

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Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He's got his choice of women, but Amy Maples

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SEASIDE SECRETS is a USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK

IN SEASIDE SECRETS...

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He's got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She's spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she's spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she's ever loved. She's back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she's been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she's decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES:

SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire,
Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love (Nate), Surrender My Love

Coming Soon – River of Love

THE REMINGTONS: Game of Love, Stroke of Love, Flames of Love, Slope of Love, Read, Write, Love

Coming Soon – Touched by Love

SEASIDE SUMMERS: Seaside Dreams, Seaside Hearts, Seaside Sunsets, Seaside Secrets, Seaside Nights, Seaside Embrace

Coming Soon - Seaside Lovers

THE RYDERS: Seized by Love

Coming Soon - Claimed by Love, Chased by Love

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"Full of fiery passion and tender promise, all aimed at achieving an incredible happily ever after." —4.5 Stars /Hot, RT Book Reviews

"Wow this story had more kick than 50 Shades!! The story takes you on a journey with the characters that gives feeling and is in no way a typical love story. This book a real pleasure to read I'm hoping for a sequel." —Book Shelf

"...love, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." —Supportive Business Moms, UK

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." —Kimberly Winning, avid reader

"Sensual, sexy, and satisfying. A captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life." —Bestselling author, Keri Nola

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781941480090
Publisher:
EverAfter Romance
Publication date:
02/24/2015
Series:
Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Series , #4
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
628,103
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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“I JUST CAN’T believe that Jamie’s the first one to get married. I mean, Jamie? He never even wanted to get married.” Amy Maples was three sheets to the wind, sitting in a bar at the Ryder Resort in Boston. That was okay, she rationalized, because it was the night before the wedding of her good friends Jessica Ayers and Jamie Reed, and she and her friends were celebrating. Besides, now that Jessica and Jamie were getting married and her other three besties had gotten engaged, Amy was the only single woman of the group. Drunk was the only way she was going to make it through the weekend.

“But that was before he met Jessica and she rocked his world.” Jenna leaned across the table in the dimly lit bar and grabbed Amy’s hand.

Amy saw Jenna’s lips curve into a smile as she shifted her eyes to Tony Black, another friend they’d known forever, sitting with his arm around Amy, as per usual. Jenna raised her brows with a smile, implying something Amy knew wasn’t true. She rolled her eyes in response. Tony always sat with his arm around her, and it didn’t mean a damn thing, no matter how much she wished it did.

Amy and her besties, Jenna Ward, Bella Abbascia, and Leanna Bray, had grown up spending summers together at the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and to this day they continued to spend their summers there, along with Jamie and Tony. The six of them had spent eight weeks together every summer for as long as Amy could remember. Their parents had owned the Seaside cottages, which they’d passed down to them. Summers were Amy’s favorite time of year. Now that Amy’s company, Maples Logistical & Conference Consulting, was so successful, she was able to take eight weeks off while her small staff handled the workload. Amy had spent seven years building and nurturing the business, and over the last three years she had turned it into a six-figure venture with clients varying from accounting to full-on logistical consulting. She could hardly believe how her life, and her summers, had changed. Just four years ago she was working part-time during the summers at one of the local restaurants to keep a modicum of income coming in. She loved summers even more now that she didn’t have to work. Of course, her love of summers might also have something to do with being in love with the six-foot-two professional surfer and motivational speaker currently sitting beside her.

If only it were reciprocated. She tipped back her glass and took another swig of her get-over-Tony drink.

“Petey, can you please get me another drink?” Jenna batted her lashes at her fiancé, Pete Lacroux. She and Pete had gotten engaged last year. Pete was a boat craftsman and he also handled the pool maintenance at Seaside. Pete nuzzled against her neck, and Amy slid her eyes away. Maybe if Sky, Pete’s sister, were there, she’d feel a little better. Sky wasn’t currently dating anyone either, but Sky had to work, so Amy was on her own.

Bella and her fiancé, Caden Grant, were whispering nose to nose, Leanna was sitting on Kurt’s lap with her forehead touching his, and Jamie and Jessica were looking at each other like they couldn’t wait to tear each other’s clothes off. Amy stole a glance at Tony, and her heart did a little dance. Delicious and painful memories from the summer before college tried to edge into her mind. As she’d done for the past fourteen years, she pushed them down deep as Tony leaned in close.

Meet the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented—perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tissues are a must as you start to read this passionate and emotional story - the fourth in The Seaside Summer Series. Melissa Foster does it again with very believable characters who experience a friendship since childhood, a lifelong crush, tragedy, and 14 years of a casual relationship. Is their love reciprocated? Will the have a happily-ever-after? You should read the book to discover the secrets and to learn the story of Tony and Amy. I highly recommend this book! I did receive an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. ~~~ Dianne Wagner
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book by Melissa that I have read and she fast becoming a favourite of mine. This book is number four in the Seaside Secrets series, and the final instalment of the Love in Bloom series, and whilst I haven't read the others it is clear that you can easily read this as a stand alone. Which is great for a series! I got a glimpse of Tony and Amy from book three and I desperately wanted to know their story. Amy has loved Tony from afar since she first met him when she was 6 years old. Fast forward to them finally  hooking up one summer before college when an accident shatters their relationship and friendship. This book is a emotional journey for Amy and Tony as they reconnect in more way than one. They have to come to terms with what happened that summer and I have to admit I cried a few times throughout this book. I loved reading their story, and the friendship the girls all have makes me slightly jealous - in a good way. 5 marvellous stars
NHarrisLv2Read More than 1 year ago
Amy and Tony.... what can I say except these two seemed to be meant for one another.  The raw emotion in their story had me in tears.  I WANTED to see them be able to overcome their past and move on; to be happy, to have a future together. Yes, this was an emotional roller coaster with the past ever-colliding with the present and threatening Amy and Tony's future together.   I wondered at one point if Amy would ever get to deal with the past; those parts of the story were the most gut-wrenching and hard to deal with.  I am glad Tony was able to bring her back to life.  Amy finally started down the road through the stages of grief she should have dealt with long ago. If you are to take anything away from this story, it is the power of a second-chance.  When you have it, don't squander it; don't take it  for granted and for goodness sakes, don't let the past repeat itself.  Don't let go of love if you feel it to be true. Amy and Tony's story, like all of Melissa Foster's novels, was beautifully written and full of raw emotion.  I cannot wait for another installment of the Seaside Summer's Series.
Kim1226 More than 1 year ago
I have to say this is probably my favorite Seaside book so far. WOW what a story between Tony & Amy! What they have been through, the book (as always) makes you apart of their life. Melissa does an outstanding job once again. You MUST read this book! (but I feel you must read them all!)
Booklover74JM More than 1 year ago
As with any Melissa Foster book, you simply cannot go wrong. Her writing is so detailed and delicious. Tony and Amy are perfect. This book was fabulous. I need more always more of her books.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Melissa Foster continues to write enjoyable stories, especially about the Seaside Sisters and their special loves. I saw so many new or additional characters in this story that I look forward to reading about at a later date. This was a very emotional story. Tony Black and Amy Maples were made for each other, but had a lot to overcome. It was good to witness that they were able to finally get together. LA-TXN
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AndreaBuginsky More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting to read Amy and Tony's story since I started the Seaside series, and it was worth the wait. I had no idea how much their story would affect me. I think I went through an entire box of tissues reading their beautiful story. There was so much to it that I never so coming. I can't reveal what without spoiling the plot, and I don't want to do that. Let's just say there are many surprises in store for readers. Seaside Secrets is just that: Full of secrets. They will tug at your heartstrings, and make you gasp. They will make you fall in love with this beautiful couple more than you can imagine. And they will bring a wonderful group of friends so much closer together than they could ever imagine. Melissa Foster wrapped up the Seaside Summer Girls' story in one beautiful book. I look forward to reading more about these wonderful characters whom I fell in love with in the upcoming books in the Love in Bloom series.
nadzNR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the books I have read in the Seaside Summer series, but without a doubt this is my favourite by far. I have been eagerly awaiting Tony and Amy’s story for some time now and from the moment I began reading I knew I would not be disappointed. This is a beautiful tale of love, healing, forgiveness and second chances. It tells the story of two people who have loved and lost. They have maintained their friendship throughout the years; however the pain of the past has proven to be a hindrance to their moving on. After much agonizing they finally decided to take the steps needed to overcome this obstacle. Slowly and patiently they are able to heal and come to terms with their past, thus enabling them to cease their future. It was easy empathizing with Tony and Amy. Experiencing a tragic loss is difficult, especially for ones so young. They were unable to deal with the pain and as a result, it led to years of unhappiness. There are a lot of things taking place in this story, but in the midst of it Tony and Amy’s story rang true. This was not a fairy tale read; it was true to life in every sense of the word. You will find yourself crying and laughing along with them through their journey of re-discovery. It was great to see them move past their pain and begin the healing process. The story took me on an emotional ride that I may not soon recover from. It is an engrossing read which held my attention from beginning to end. I was made to feel as if I was a part of the story and I found myself rooting for Tony and Amy If you are looking for a story that will engage your emotions in a satisfying way, then look no further. Seaside Secrets will do this and more.
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Well, here we go again, another emotional roller coaster full of ups and downs. Personally, I don't how you survive an accident like they did and survive, especially alone and not telling your friends or family. I've loved Amy in the other books in the series and couldn't wait to see if and how she would get together with Tony. She is so sweet and caring. The funny thing is that everyone can tell that they have loved each other forever. They just can't see it and are afraid to make a go of it. Melissa Foster is such a wonderful writer that will have you hooked from the very beginning of the book. You become so involved in the book and almost feel like a voyeur, at least I did. I couldn't put the book down once I started. The characters are so real, and you really feel for them. You will be cheering them on and telling them to do stuff. I give this book another 5 stars. I can not tell you enough how much I love this series. This book can be read as a stand alone book, but you will want to read the entire series once you read this book. This book is not appropriate for all audiences due to the sexual content. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster, oh my. What am I going to do with you? Amy and Tony are the ones that I never would have thought about getting paired up. They were the last of the Mahicans, right? Everyone else of the group has been paired off and gotten their ever after. Amy and Tony though, whew! Amy has always had a thing for Tony. You never really know what their deal is until you get to read about their history together. All of Melissa’s books have their own twist and turn and that is why they are so addicting…even down to this one. Surprises keep us on our toes. We don’t ever get comfortable with the formula of Melissa’s books which is incredible. I loved learning about Amy and Tony in this book. Everyone has their past and these two definitely have theirs. Seaside Secrets is full of its own type of romance that you will love. I have read every single one of the books in order for the Snow Sisters in all of these awesome books, but it is not absolutely necessary to read them in order. Each one has it’s own spark and flair. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
On a triumphant return to the Cape, Melissa Foster delivers another home run! Tony and Amy have a past that one might think is impossible to overcome. Yet Amy has held out hope for the past bazillion years that Tony will fall in love with her. Throughout the past few novels we've watched Amy pine over Tony refusing to even look at other guys. She is finally getting her chance to shine.  Tears go hand and hand for me and Seaside Secrets. Amy's story had me reaching for the box of tissues time and time again. Get ready for a fabulous love story that will have you wishing there was another to read RIGHT NOW!
ItsMySideOfLIife More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Cape Cod in Seaside Secrets.   Tony Black, hot cocky surfer who enjoys traveling the world likes to settle in at Cape Cod for summers. He can pretty much do and get anything he wants, everything is at his finger tips. What he wants most though is to reclaim the one woman he won't ever forget, Amy Maples. After fourteen years of holding back his feelings for her, he's not so sure he can go another summer without confronting her or the secrets that had torn them apart from one another. Amy enjoys her summers in Cape Cod each year just as Tony, since she was six she has been madly in love with him. This summer however she's left with a tough choice. She's been offered a job that will take her away for two years but no matter how much she looks forwards to it, there's one problem. She can't seem to get Tony out of her thoughts. Thinking of one last chance with him, Amy tries to make a go of it, but what happened all those years ago still stands between them and could very well end it all. Seaside Secrets was a great book! Loved how things came together, really I was so surprised to start reading it . What could possibly tear two people who are so obviously in love with each other apart? What would keep them apart for so long? It was heartwarming how they found each other, held a place even after so many years. Will they be able to get everything out in the open and move on? Or will the secrets of their past break them up once and for all? Enjoyable read, surprised me on how it started and grew with each page turn. Another winner from Foster!   
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
The Seaside Secrets series of Melissa's has captured my heart - with every book, I fall in love more and more!! This book can be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading from the start so you have the background information on the characters, setting, etc. Amy and Tony were always the characters that I sort of left in the back of my mind because everyone else found their "someone". Amy was head over heels in love with Tony but it never seemed to click between the two of them. Something or someone was always in the way! Both Tony and Amy are out to prove that they can move above and beyond their tortured pasts. Tony wants to desperately prove himself as responsible, headstrong and a man worthy of love not only to the woman he ends up with but to himself as well. Amy is facing memories from her past that prevent her from moving on. Something has to give - I mean, it's been 14 years!! I can't even begin to imagine the back and forth aspect of a 14 year long "relationship". Can they both get beyond what is in their past to look ahead long enough to see the love right in front of them before the sands of time run out?? I'll let you read and find out!
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Tony and Amy have been in love forever, and their friends have been watching the looks they give each other for years. But a major secret has kept them apart for fourteen years. Now Amy has come to her summer haven to sort out her life and figure out if Tony or a major move are the right choice for her. Even though they are two very broken people, Amy and Tony deserve to be happy and find love. They've let the past stand in their way for far too long, but can they make it through this, or will they live as friends and continue to float along in life? To be honest, before reading Seaside Secrets I'd only read one other of the Seaside books, so I didn't know much about Tony and Amy's story. Since I've gone back and read the rest of the series I've seen much more of their feelings for each other and watched them love each other from afar. So while this book can easily be read alone, I encourage you to read the rest of the Seaside series (and while you're at it read the whole Love in Bloom series!! You'll enjoy every last one of them). This is one of my favorite of the Love in Bloom series (although I know I've said that a few times!), and I loved watching Tony and Amy blossom. This was a story I literally couldn't put down, and I had a very exhausted day the following day to prove it. The Seaside cottages have such an amazing group of friends, and they're even more wonderful in relationships! *I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
SEASIDE SECRETS by Melissa Foster is an interesting Contemporary Romance. #4 in the "Seaside Summers" #4, but can be read as a stand alone, Although, I would suggest reading the others in this series. Part of the "LOVE IN BLOOM" series, as well. Set in Cape Cod, Wellfleet, Massachusetts . SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 21: Seaside Dreams (Bella) BOOK 22: Seaside Hearts (Jenna) BOOK 23: Seaside Sunsets (Jamie) BOOK 24: Seaside Secrets (Amy) This is Amy Maples and Tony Black's story. Tony is a surfer, Amy is trying to comes to terms with her life. A lifetime ago, Tony and Amy were an item, can they reclaim their lost love. This is the story of second chances, lost, grief, coming to terms with one's past, adversity, deceit, finding happiness and oh, yes, hot sex. The sex scenes are hot, erotic, and did I mention sexy. A well written story, with fantastic characters, sensual interaction between Tony and Amy, with well a well-blended amount of lust, love and life in general. A provocative and romantic tale. If you have never read one of Ms. Foster's tales I would suggest starting from the beginning, Book 21: Seaside Dreams (Bella) and the very beginningSNOW SISTERS BOOK 1: Sisters in Love, as the characters re-appeal throughout the different stories. "Seaside Secrets" does have a light-hearted side as well. It is compelling, engaging, with realistic characters, and a well-thought out storyline. A satisfying and enjoyable read. Another hit for Ms. Foster! *Received for an honest review from the publisher* Rating: 4 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
I’m sure we have all had that one major crush and weren’t sure the feelings were reciprocated, but can you imagine having a lifelong love and being unsure if they loved you back, and sharing an intense life altering secret with them? This pair of friends, though once shared a love in their younger years, currently share a loving friendship while battling feelings for each other they feel are reciprocated. Working through their past in order to come together, we learn what tore these two apart. Despite their tragic past, Tony and Amy lean on each other, their family, and their friends to come to terms with their past and working towards their future. Foster shows us that we don’t have to go through hard times alone and that some tragedies can bring loved ones closer. This bittersweet romance will speak to those who have had to deal with hard times shared with their loves, but also teaches us that you can pull through hard times. And I must end with this heartfelt line that I’m sure most can agree with “I want a guy who says I’m the only woman for him and that he can’t live without me”.
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
Definitely a shocker!!! If you've read the previous books in the Seaside series, you know that Amy has been head over heels in love with Tony Black for ever. He's very protective of her (as the men of Seaside are with all of the ladies) and their friendship seems very genuine. Melissa Foster truly gave us a twist with Seaside Secrets and it had me turning the page, staying up past my bedtime and having to read "just one more chapter" until I reached the very end. Yes - having tissues handy is a must!
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
This was…it was a painful read for the most part. I was aching, guys. This is no joke. I felt every painful emotion that this book carries. I don’t want to give out any spoilers so this will be a short review. Ever since I read Seaside Hearts, I wanted to read Tony and Amy’s story and I finally did. They have so much history—a devastating history. I felt so bad for both Tony and Amy, especially Amy for everything she went through. I would have liked if she hadn’t pushed Tony aside when she needed him most back then. Now, Tony is trying to push back into Amy’s life and make sure she doesn’t push him away this time. He is so caring for her, he has always been and she always thought it was because he considered a friend, when in reality, Tony’s feelings never left. I don’t normally find a book that has this kind of story and I am glad Melissa Foster put it out there—it really touches reader’s hearts. It is heart-breaking, but I couldn’t put it down. I was plunged into the story and I just had to finish it and I am so glad I did.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I have loved the Seaside Summer books. I think they are my favorite. They just seem to have the right balance of humor and emotional charge. Anyway, Seaside Secrets started off very emotional. You couldn't help feeling for Amy. She has been in love with Tony forever, and they had one perfect summer until the accident. Everything changed after that, and she tried to keep it buried never to return again. At the same time, by burying she was denying anything happen between her and Tony. She finally decided that she wanted to see if Tony had feelings for her other than friendship. However, when a guy tells everyone that he loves her like a friend, it kind of kills any hope. I felt crushed for Amy. Actually, I could totally relate to Amy's character on that whole feeling crush thing. So, she decides to pick up the pieces of her fragile little heart and decide to move on. Except stupid little hearts never fully comprehend that message. Now Tony, has always had a soft spot for Amy, but when she basically cut him off after the accident he couldn't handle be anything more than friends. Why would he want to get run over by a train again? All he wants to do is keep the friendship the same as it has been. However, that isn't going, especially when it kills Amy to be around Tony. The first part of the book I was a mess, and I had a broken heart. However, I love that Tony and Amy started to talk and open up about the past which led to the healing. For both of them it was rough. They were basically opening old wounds, but it had to be down in order for them to have a future. Emotionally rough, but beautifully written. I love this story they had a past to through and open up. As they did, they started to discover other things. I loved Seaside Secrets, because it's a beautiful story of second chance. One of my favorite lines from Amy sums up story wonderfully: "If there's one thing I've learned this summer, it's that you can't fix the past. You can only accept it, maybe try to understand it as best you can, and find a way to move forward and leave it where it belongs. In the past." Even though the story was emotionally gut-wrenching at times, there was some humor that made those emotional times manageable. It would be summer at the seaside without the antics between Bella and Theresa. That was my favorite part of the story. My second favorite part was one of the sweetest, tender moments that will melt heart of stone. Overall, Seaside Secrets is an emotional charge story that will have you in tears, but it will bring a smile to your face at the same time. I absolutely can't wait for more. Copy provided by author via Tasty Book Tours
SherryMH More than 1 year ago
AAAHHH!!! Fourteen years is a long time to hold on to one summer, but for Amy it feels like yesterday. Can Tony and Amy get back what they once had or are they destined to keep the past tragedy locked in their memories for the rest of their lives? Seaside Secrets is about just that - secrets. Secrets that Amy has kept from her Seaside sisters and her family. She's built a wall to protect her from reconnecting with Tony on some deeper level. Melissa Foster has created an exceptional couple in Amy and Tony, they both have hidden their feelings for so long and struggle to do what they think is right. I liked the fact that they were each weighing their option to love again, or let the past stay in the past and move forward. Melissa deals with a difficult subject matter in a believable way. Once again, Melissa creates characters with strength, weakness, wit, and love. Sex-god Tony and sweet Amy are adorable together, but still know how to bring the heat. Seaside Secrets is a must read for any Melissa Foster fan because she sure knows how to write about men we can't help but love.
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
I've spent so much time with these people in the Seaside series I feel like they're old friends. Melissa Foster has done such an amazing job developing them all and making them all so relatable in so many ways. This one.....[insert dreamy sigh here].....I was pretty dang stoked to read the Tony and Amy story! I've been waiting and hoping for Amy to get her chance! The history between Tony and Amy could help or hinder their chances and with the life changing offer Amy gets time is of the essence! I highly suggest this book...it's got it all....love, secrets from the past and the group of girls at the cottages! I've read all of the books in this series and I was still surprised about the "secret" mentioned in the title. The great thing about these books is that you get to know the characters but there aren't any spoilers. I do suggest reading them all in order as it makes the stories flow together quite seamlessly. I'm sure you could read it as a stand alone....but why? The rest of the books in the series are all equally good. This is one of my favorites so far though.
MrsC919 More than 1 year ago
Tony and Amy have a history, a deep friendship, and a shared tragic secret. The conflict is brewing from the first words in this one and continues throughout, keeping you turning the page. This is emotionally gripping and easy to fall into. Seaside Secrets swept me away in a wave of romance, passion, and internal struggle. I think we all have times where we just don't want to deal with our past, even if we need to before we can move into the future. That's what Amy found herself dealing with. She needs to face the past in order to have a future with the man she's loved for her entire life.  I love the friendship between all of the Seaside crew, and I love watching as each of their stories unfold. Having read some of the other Seaside books made reading the end of this one a little sweeter. I find I'm always drawn into Melissa's stories and relating to the characters on a personal level. This one certainly didn't disappoint. I always feel like I'm coming back to a group of friends when I pick up one of her books. That takes true talent, I think, to write character after character that are all different, yet completely realistic. All of her characters have flaws as well as many great qualities. Seaside Secrets was no different. All of my old friends were back, and I finally got to see what happened between Tony and Amy! I would definitely recommend this one. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was amazing. I was in tears and then smiling again. The main characters Amy and Tony were briefly in the other books in this series but to find out that they had a past made me so happy. It was not a great past but it brought them closer. I do not want to give away what happens but it is so hard not to. If you have been reading the series along with me then you will really love the ending of this book. Amy and the girls are so close that this ending made me tear up too. This book was ups and downs for me but it was so enjoyable. Melissa Foster keeps the great books coming!
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Tony and Amy made quite the pair. They loved each other from afar even though their hearts wanted to love more closely. Their pasts were entwined not just by years spent together at the Cape but by a love affair they'd kept secret from friends and family. Maybe their present would be different if their love hadn't been a secret, or if they hadn't been devastated by the loss of their baby. Heartache and their inability to communicate pushed them apart and to where they are today. I loved the intensity between Tony and Amy. They were "I do love you but..." for most of the story until they sifted through the pieces of their past and put them together. They dealt with more than just the years of being without each other; they addressed the miscarriage. And you know what? I had to give it to Amy for admitting to Tony that she couldn't handle talking about the miscarriage. She had fourteen years of hiding that pain away, of pretending it hadn't happened, but she was honest with him when they faced it together. There were a lot of emotional moments in this story as secrets from Tony and Amy's pasts came to light. Through each one, they learned to lean on each other, to trust each other again, and to welcome the support and understanding of their friends. It was so cool to watch Tony and Amy come together like they were supposed to. Their past would always be there but there was a future waiting for them to walk into. At first, I wanted to say that they were only together because Amy was possibly leaving for Australia for her job. The more I read though, the more I realized that wasn't the case at all. Her job was an obstacle they would tackle, and they did it with little fanfare and amazing results, but it wasn't their reason for becoming a couple. Like I said, theirs was a love that was supposed to happen. They were meant to be together. It took a long time to get there but they did. Part of moving forward means reconciling whatever is behind you. There is pain, tears, anger, sorrow, but there is also freedom. Tony and Amy went through all those things as individuals and as a couple. They said goodbye to a past they'd never forget and hello to the promise of a bright and glorious future together. Ms. Foster gave Tony and Amy an ending that was fourteen years in the making, but the journey she took them on to get there... Man, that made the ending so worth reading. (Received from Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)