Carolina Home

Carolina Home

by Virginia Kantra

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Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times--its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn't want to be another Woman Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It's both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.

Then Matt's brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own--and a request that will change all their lives. With a child's welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes...and follow his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425250938
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Series: Dare Island Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 929,304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author of 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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"A story as fresh as the Carolina ocean's always a joy to read Virginia Kantra."—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

"Virginia Kantra is one of my favorite authors."—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

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Carolina Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read !! This is the first book I have read by this author. Can't wait for the other 2 books in this Dare Island trilogy so I can follow the Fletcher family . There are some unfinished stories that I hope get a conclusion somewhere in the next 2 books. I especially need to find out more about Luke and Taylor. I really enjoyed the family dynamics-very realistic.
Shunka More than 1 year ago
Another great tale by Virgina Kantra, I love her Children of the Seas series and this is just as good. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!!!!
CatherineMannFL More than 1 year ago
Virginia Kantra has long been an auto-buy for me and once again she delivers a one-sitting read with CAROLINA HOME! What a stellar launch to the Dare Island series. Matt and Allison are now two of my all-time favorite Kantra couples – I can’t wait for the next book in the Dare Island series. Virginia Kantra is a storyteller extraordinaire whose characters curl right up in your heart to live long after the last page has been turned. Readers who enjoyed Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Series (as I did!) will love this book!
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PJ16 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author.  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 loved this book. The family dynamics she has written into the book is so real. Her characters are just like someone you would know. She told a GREAT story in such a way that I would smile and just feel for what they were going through.  My eyes were a little watery at times. I love how she has laid the ground work for more books with the Fletcher Family on Dare Island. 
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
First in the Dare Island series, Carolina Home introduces us to the Fletcher family who, like generations of family before them, make their living on the water. Eldest son, Matt, captains their boats while fishing and running charters and raises his teenage son, Josh. He's the son who stayed home to help keep the family business while his brother and sister went off island to make new lives. But change is coming:  younger brother and Marine, Luke, has just found out he has a 10 year old daughter "willed" to him by his high school ex on the eve of his deployment. Josh is slacking off in his school work which paves the way for a meeting between his pretty young teacher and Matt. Change has come to Dare Island and with it, maybe, new loves. Great characterization, lovely community, and a rock steady family make this a keeper and a wonderful intro to a stirring new series.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I’ve been wanting to read a Virginia Kantra book for the longest time now.  Somehow, I always manage to push them back on the TBR.   CAROLINA HOME introduces us to Dare Island, a small fishing town in North Carolina.  I’ve always thought the scenery in the area would lend itself to a very romantic setting.  And I wasn’t wrong.  Fans of small town romances will love this series.  It has a lot of charm! But lets start with the Fletcher family because what good small town romance doesn’t have a group of siblings in need of some love?  Matt is a perfect example of that.  He’s a single dad to a sixteen year old boy from his previous failed marriage.  He’s a fisherman in town, a caring and hardworking man, and above all else a family man.  His parents have run a bed & breakfast inn for years and Matt was never the child that was itching to move away from Dare Island and away from his family. Allison, on the other hand, comes from the city and a family that always gave her everything but taking a toll on her emotions.  The small town lifestyle and being a teacher and having lasting relationships with the kids she teaches is her passion.  When she ends up as Matt’s son teacher things start heating up between them.  And when I say heating up?  I mean heating up.  Matt is uber sexy! As much as our H/h are such an endearing couple, everything around them made this book special for me.  The parents and how connected Matt is with them and dedicated to helping them.  Of course, there’s a little girl that will steal your heart as well in the mix.  And a bunch of siblings that can be tough to handle at times but I can’t wait to crack open in their own books. CAROLINA HOME is the type of feel good book that you should be reading this summer!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
After reading and loving Carolina Man, book three in the Dare Island series, I considered it a necessity to go back to the beginning. Each book can technically be read as a standalone, but knowing that several threads connect across the books-and knowing that I could find more of what made Carolina Man so special- I had to have more. Carolina Home is where the Fletcher family's story begins. Matt Fletcher is a charter boat captain, a devoted son and single father to a teenage son, Josh. When his wife left him and their newborn son all those years ago, Matt vowed to never be open to that sort of heartbreak again. With Matt, Kantra delivers a exceedingly worthy hero. Matt's dedication to his son and their family, his willingness to always be there when needed, had me firmly on his side from the opening. To see that kind of selflessness and resolve to protect his and his son's heart was understandable and sad. Literature teacher Allison Carter is new to Dare Island, and determined to make her mark. She initially meets with Matt over concerns for his son's education, but the two quickly make a connection. At only twenty-five, Allison is who I want to be when I grow up. Having been raised in a privileged life, she is dedicated to helping others, particularly those not as fortunate as she, and in education. While Matt questions her longevity on Dare Island, and in a relationship, Allison knows her own mind. His being a single father does not scare her off, nor does his tight-knit family. In fact, what Matt is afraid will scare Allison away are the very parts that pull her in even closer. If you've picked up on my affection for these two, then I'm sure you can guess how much I enjoyed their love story. Allison and Matt come from two very different backgrounds. Matt is thirty-six year old single father, she is twenty-five and searching for a true home. Matt has abandonment issues and is determined not to saddle her down with a life she's not prepared for. Allison will prove to Matt that she is ready for it all. What is really cool about this series is while you do have lead characters, the entire Fletcher family plays a large part of the overall picture. And while the cast is large and various points of view are included, the narrative never becomes confusing or cluttered. I enjoyed every single perspective and thread, especially Taylor's (her story comes to a head in Carolina Man). Carolina Home was such an enjoyable story. I am thrilled that I gave this series the time it deserves. Favorite Quotes: I love you. The realization loomed inside her, solid as a rock sticking out of the ocean, staggering in its simplicity. She loved him. Loved his quiet steadiness, his uncomplicated directness, his commitment to family, his determination to do the right thing. Loved Matt, the whole man. She was as full of contrasts as the sea, the bright surface and cool depths. Every time he thought he had her figured, she surprised him. Like that tattoo she wore,waiting to be discovered under her pastel cardigans. She stirred him up, he admitted...He was drawn to her warmth, challenged by her determination to embrace life, to try things out, to take things on, to put herself out there. To be naked, in every way.
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ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Matt Fletcher is a single dad who was nearly destroyed after a failed marriage. Ever since, he shies away from relationships and never gets involved with women who live on the Island. That is, until a certain new teacher, Allison, enters his life and reawakens feelings he thought long dead. As their relationship progresses, Matt finds himself falling hard and he doesn’t know what scares him most;  Allison leaving the island, or worse, staying permanently. The story has so much heart. I love the family-oriented businesses and everyone pitching in to help and take care of each other. I love Matt and Allison together. They complement each other so well. Matt’s son Josh is a hoot and I love the dynamic he brings to the story and to Matt and Allison’s relationship.  We get a quick peek at Matt’s siblings, Luke and Meg. Luke has shown up on the family inn’s doorstop with a daughter, Taylor, in tow. A 10-year-old daughter he had no knowledge of until recently. Since Luke is in the Marines, he has only enough time to drop the girl off with his family and head back overseas. Taylor is gun shy and obviously dealing with some hidden traumas, but she is welcomed into the family and loved instantly. I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s a beautiful story about family, overcoming fears and accepting change. It’s about perseverance, pulling together in times of need, and there’s so much love. Yes, there were some bumps along the way but Matt and Allison claimed their happily ever after. I look forward to following their story in future books. Meg’s book is up next and I am looking forward to unraveling her mystery.
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BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful beginning to the Dare Island series. I enjoyed the characters and wanted to know more. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read several of Kantra's books and liked them, but this by far is the best! The area the story is set in is as down to earth as she portrays. I could "see" the different characters and situations. Can't wait for the next two and to see if my conclusions about Taylor are correct.
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