Owen Lawry is days away from leaving Gansett Island to attend the trial of his father, who is charged with assaulting his mother almost a year ago. He has spent his entire adult life trying to outrun his violent past, but the upcoming showdown with the father he hasn't seen in more than a decade has him spending far more time in the past than in the present. His biggest challenge is convincing his pregnant fiancée, Laura McCarthy, to sit out the trip. The last thing he wants is to expose the woman he loves to the pain of his past.
Laura is determined to stand by Owen's side throughout the trial and into the life they have planned together. The trial and her final divorce papers are the only things standing between them and the wedding they have looked forward to all year. Can she convince Owen to let her in and allow her to help him through this difficult time? And what will become of the man she loves if his father walks free?
As Owen and Laura prepare for the emotional battle with his father, his mother, Sarah, finally comes clean about her violent marriage with Charlie Grandchamp, the man who has been her friend and companion for months now. How will Charlie react to hearing Sarah's secrets, and will their relationship move forward now that he finally knows the truth about why she can't bear to let him touch her?
Catch up with all your favorite Gansett Island characters from the past ten and a half books and meet several new characters, including some McCarthy cousins on the island for Laura and Owen's wedding, who will be featured in future books.
While Gansett After Dark could be read as a standalone story, readers will enjoy it more if they have read the rest of the Gansett Island Series, particularly book 6, Season for Love.
McCarthys of Gansett Island Series
Book 1: Maid for Love
Book 2: Fool for Love
Book 3: Ready for Love
Book 4: Falling for Love
Book 5: Hoping for Love
Book 6: Season for Love
Book 7: Longing for Love
Book 8: Waiting for Love
Book 9: Time for Love
Book 10: Meant for Love
Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella
Book 11: Gansett After Dark
Book 12: Kisses After Dark
Book 13: Love After Dark
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The creak of the rocking chair on the new wooden deck, the warm afternoon breeze off the ocean, the heat of the baby asleep on his chest and the bustle of the town he now called home soothed and calmed Owen Lawry. Along the newly painted white porch rail were flower boxes containing the pink, lavender and white impatiens Laura had nurtured all summer.
Every square inch of the Sand & Surf hotel had been renovated in the last year, leaving the scents of sawdust and fresh paint behind. They’d been operating at full capacity since Memorial Day, and it was indeed thrilling to see the hotel open and once again full of happy visitors.
Almost a year ago, Owen had stood on this same deck and watched the last ferry depart on Columbus Day. It had felt symbolic then. With that ferry went his old life as a footloose and fancy-free troubadour, traveling from gig to gig, following the seasons and the work.
He’d stayed that day. He’d stayed because of Laura. He’d stayed because he could no longer imagine a dayhell, anhourwithout her. And he’d never regretted it. Not for one second. Her son, Holden, the child they were raising together even though another man had fathered him, was now as much Owen’s as he was Laura’s. Earlier in the summer, they’d been surprised to learn they were expecting twins together. He who had never wanted the constraints of commitment or marriage or family was now as committed as any man could be, and he’d never been happier as their wedding date got closer with every passing day.
Just one thing stood between him and the future he wanted so desperately with Laura, Holden and the twinshis father’s trial. The thought of seeing his father again for the first time in more than a decade made Owen feel sick and anxious and fearful, as if he were still a five-year-old who couldn’t figure out what he’d done to stir his father’s wrath.
In a few days, he and Laura, his mother and Laura’s father, along with several friends who would be testifying, would depart Gansett on the ferry and travel to Virginia for the trial. Frank was coming to help out with Holden while they were in court. Owen didn’t want Laura to come, but she was insisting on being there for him. He hated the thought of her sitting in the courtroom listening to the nightmare that had been his life in vivid detail that would shock and horrify her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh Marie - you've captured my heart again with this book. Seeing Owen and Laura go through so much to get where they wanted to be had me laughing, crying and clapping my hands when it all worked out for them. I expected Big Mac and Linda to do exactly what they did when the daughter he never new he had came into their lives, and their kids are all so loving and caring I couldn't see it being any other way. Janey will come around. I was Oh So Happy to see Francine and Ned get their Happy Ever After - Mac has a heart of gold for sure!! The other stories, engagement and weddings entwined in the book with all the people that I've grown to love as "my own family and friends" is always a pleasure to read! A sure winner with me.
I love this series, and I loved this book. Want to know more about Mallory, and Erin, and Owen's siblings. Keep writing those McCarthy family books ... faster ... faster ... faster!! Marie Force can't write a bad book, they are all so good!!
I love this series and book 11 is wonderful!!! Keep 'em coming :-)
This is the 11th book in this series and while they can be read as stand alone books I highly recommend reading them in order to get the full effect. This book focuses on Owen and Laura and well as Sarah and Charlie. Owen and Laura do get married in this book. Sarah and Charlie take their relationship from friends to more. Sarah and Owen must testify against their Husband/father and hope that once and for all he pays for the way he abused them and Owen's siblings. I love how in all the books in this series you get to read about all the different couples and really every characters lives. How in every book it seems a new character is introduced or something happens that helps the series stay going strong. All the characters in this series are fantastic. I love them and wish I could live on Gansett Island and be friends with all these characters. Marie Force is a fantastic author and every time I read one of her books whether in this series or not I always can't wait to read another one. Her books pull you in and make you feel the full range of emotions. Congrats on another fantastic book Marie.
Another winner. loved to see things work out For Laura and Owen. Seeing Owens father finally get what he had coming to him was so wonderful. To find out that Big Mac had a daughter before he and Linda got together and to see how they handled it was well the way I would have expected them to. The other kids will come around. Love the whole story. Wow Marie Just keep it up. Don't know what else to say except this book as well as the others are keepers to read over and over again,.
Eh... While I enjoyed catching up with all of the characters, I felt that Marie barely touched on some couples and not at all on other couples. What I was really disappointed in was the Big Mac shakeup and Janey's reaction to it. To me, her reaction was extremely childish for a 30 year old. I miss the format of some of her earlier books where it focused solely on one couple and their viewpoints. I'm getting tired of Mac's viewpoint, then Grant's, Stephanie's, and so on. The one redeeming thing though was the evolution of Charlie and Sarah's relationship.
This newest addition to the McCarthy's series is awesome! I always love a visit to Gansett Island and this was no disappointment. This book focuses mainly on Owen & Laura and the upcoming trail for Owen's father along with plans for their wedding. Even though they are the main focus, we get to visit with most all of the island's characters in some way, some more than others. There is a big surprise in this story for the McCarthy family that I hope sets up more stories for us in the future. We also get two surprise weddings in addition to Owen & Laura's. More weddings are planned and engagements occurring. Lots of love on the island in this book! Five stars for this story! Five stars for all of the McCarthy's Series! Looking forward to more visits to the island in the future...hoping that some future stories began in this book!