Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington

by Annette M Irby


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Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.

Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.

Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943959440
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Publication date: 04/26/2018
Series: Washington Island Romance , #2
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DawnKinzer More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this contemporary romance set in Washington State, and I’ll share some of the highlights without giving away several delightful twists. To start, as someone who lives in the Seattle area and has also visited Bainbridge Island numerous times, it was fun to see familiar spots included in the story. Including them helped give a sense of reality. Jenna-Shea Brown is a therapist who needs therapy for PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event. Now there’s a great twist I can share! The author did an impressive job of incorporating therapy techniques that helped give integrity to the story. It was also interesting—being someone who is familiar with the five love languages—to see them not only included, but also named as such. Liam Barrett has history with Jenna, and now after years of not seeing each other, they’re thrown together again when Liam is hired to renovate her family’s beach cabin. Still attracted to each to each other, both carry scars they’re trying to heal. For instance, Liam hasn’t seen his father in thirty years, and now suddenly, he’s asking to return to Liam’s life. How does Liam deal with his abandonment issues? That’s for readers to discover. While this story about forgiveness and second chances delves into serious topics, the author gives us a refreshing character with Liam’s Great Aunt Matilda. She wants Liam to make peace with his father and also romance the girl of his dreams, Jenna Shea. Matilda, a retired actress who still practices the accents of various characters, is a caring individual who shares wisdom and humor. She provides a lovely balance to Liam’s and Jenna’s inner struggles. I highly recommend his novel to readers who enjoy beach settings, redemption stories, and inspirational romance.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from the dedication to the authors closing thoughts. I found this book to be a beautifully painted romance with the settling of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. I loved the "zany" aunt and I think we all should go with whatever accent befits our situation/day. There are several real situations and need for God's restoration in the relationships of family and friends. Forgiveness is quite a theme. You'll definitely want to check out this great summer read and take a trip to the beautiful waters of Washington State with an amazing author. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming story about people who have suffered tragedy in their past and how they are learning to live and possibly forgive themselves and others. PTSD plays a vital role in the story. The main characters are everyday people with unique situations. Each one deals with feelings in different ways. This is a great story. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Liam was messed up. He had carried a torch for Shea for ten years or more but did not feel he was worthy of any woman because of his past. What was his past? His father had abandoned him and his mother when he was a young boy and his mother died a few years later. His aunt became his guardian and cared for him as though he was her very own. She is still looking out for him. Shea is equally messed up, but for different reasons. One traumatic experience years earlier had resulted in her struggling for years with PTSD. What hope did either of them have of ever living a normal life since they carried so much baggage? What does Liam have to do to prove to himself that he is reliable? Can he ever forgive his father or himself? Why does he need to forgive himself? Where does Shea fit into all this? Can she find help for her PTSD before it pulls her completely under? Through all that happens in the story, I enjoyed reading all the interaction between Aunt Matilda and everyone else. This woman is definitely a unique character. I loved how she felt comfortable in her own skin, no matter what kind of wacky antics she was involved in. Maybe we all need an Aunt Matilda in our lives. Even amidst her strange ways, she had a lot of wisdom to share with those who would listen and she had an all-consuming faith in God. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.