Shoreline Drive: Sanctuary Island Book 2

Shoreline Drive: Sanctuary Island Book 2

by Lily Everett
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Shoreline Drive: Sanctuary Island Book 2 by Lily Everett

"An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing, and joy."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Lily Everett's Sanctuary Island

Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he's dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She's also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.


Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he's forced to help bring her new baby into the world. It's a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: I want these two to be my family. Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he'll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they'll learn, love is more than a business proposition…and it'll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben's proposal into something real and lasting.

"Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island…I guarantee you won't want to leave."—Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466808102
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Sanctuary Island Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 71,144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lily Everett grew up in a small town in Virginia reading Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty, taking riding lessons, and longing for a horse of her own. Sadly, her parents gave her a college education instead—but she never forgot what the world looked like from the back of a horse. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time. Her books include Sanctuary Island and The Fireside Inn.

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Shoreline Drive 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Take one curmudgeonly veterinarian, one estranged unwed mother trying to mend her ways and a town who accepts everyone. Well almost everyone as you will see if you read this book. Ben is an introvert whose mission is to care for all animals, especially rescue animals. Merry and her sister were messed up when Mom left the family due to alcohol abuse. Merry is back with a baby trying to mend broken fences. Ben is called in to deliver Merry's baby and has his past history come back to him. Add in defiant teens, Ben's rich parents, a rescue stallion and Merry's ex lover and you have an awesome story. I love this series and Lily's real people characters. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Ms Everett's work & was extremely excited to read Shoreline Drive, the second book in the Sanctuary Island series by Lily Everett. This book recaps a scene from Sanctuary Island that is crucial in the development of Merry and Ben's acquaintance. Merry is trying to adjust to being an active, present daughter to Jo Ellen -and- being a new, single mom to Alex. She does not want to be dependent on anyone & is beginning to feel smothered and hovered over by Jo. Ben has suffered a tragic past relationship and prominent upbringing, both of which prompted him to move to Sanctuary and set up as the island's resident vet. He falls head-over-heels at first sight for Merry, but knows that's the last thing she'd want to hear. A marriage of convenience is tested, in ways that are both predictable and not, to ultimately reveal the true underlying feelings each have for one another. A warm & wonderful story about HOPE... building trust, learning to truly love, and allowing second chances.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Oh, I liked this one. A gruff loner veterinarian with a crush on a sunny younger woman with a baby. He can't emotionally risk so he proposes a marriage of convenience. Fun! I haven't read the rest of the books in this series but I plan to do so. I didn't need to have read them to enjoy this one.  The heat level is very low and behind closed doors but you still feel the heat. The small town, other characters and the hero and heroine come together to make this a moving romance with very human lovers.  There is some high drama around his parents that I felt was a bit over the top and took from the realism of the story of single motherhood and the hero's grief but overall I excited to have discovered this writer. It was just what I wanted in a contemporary marriage of convenience romance! 
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Oh I am so glad that Lily Everett continues to write this series and such fantastic books.  She has another winner on her hands with her latest book, as Ben, a veterinarian, and Merry, who is pregnant and has come  to live with her mother and work at the family stables, meet and get to know one another. Their first meeting does not go well but when Ben proposes a marriage in name only to Merry,  it eventually deepens into something else. I truly love a story that gets you involved emotionally  and when Ben's parents come for a visit, I just want to reach out and smack them on they are treating their son and Merry.  You don't read too many books like that these days.  Fabulous story and emotionally charged, I will continue to buy books written by Lily Everett as long as she continues to write them.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Romance! I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I find that I am becoming a huge fan of Lily Everett's writing. According to Goodreads, this is the second Sanctuary Island book. I have not read the first book and had no trouble keeping up with this book. I have read several of Everett's novellas that were also set on the island and a few of the locations were familiar to me because of that. This book is focused on Merry and Ben. Ben is the local vet who takes care of all of the animals on the island. Merry goes into labor at the beginning of the book and Ben is there to help deliver the baby. Merry, a single mother, is determined to be a good mother to her baby, Alex. Ben feels a connection to both Merry and Alex and asks Merry to marry him. The couple approach marriage as a business deal and attempt to leave emotions out of the equation but both secretly harbor feelings for each other. Just as they start to falling in love with each other, Ben's parents show up to cause trouble for the couple. It is no secret that I read a lot. The basic plot of the book was one that I have read before. What sets this book apart for the others for me was the execution of the plot. I found the characters to be believable and well developed. I liked the fact that the author did not rely on sex as the main vehicle for the couple to fall in love. The sex in this book is really left to the reader's imagination. I would recommend this book to any romance reader. I plan to look for future works in this series and by this author.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Shoreline Drive is a sweet "marriage of convenience" story with interesting subplots that keep the book flowing at a nice pace. Although this is the second book in the Sanctuary Island series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. After growing up in Virginia, pregnant Merry Preston returns to Sanctuary Island in order to develop a relationship with her estranged mother. She is also helping her mother establish a recuperation facility for horses. Merry has a secret crush on the Dr. Ben Faulkner, the island veterinarian. Due to his parents being top-notch surgeons and part of the upper-crust of Virginian society, Ben grew up with everything he could possibly desire, with one exception, unconditional love from his parents. Societal life and doctoring people was not his calling, so once he received his veterinarian degree, he relocated to Sanctuary Island. Due to a horrible storm, Ben ends up delivering Merry's baby and a bond is established. Since Ben wants a child and Merry wants some freedom and a financial future for her son, she agrees to Ben's marriage proposal. And the rest they say is history....... This is a nicely written series of novellas and books. Spend some time on Sanctuary Island to experience some laughs and lots of love. ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not having read the first book in the series (yet), I'm just assuming that both characters were introduced in Sanctuary Island, but you learn everything you need to know about Ben and Merry in the first few pages of Shoreline Drive. The brusque veterinarian, though more comfortable with animals and his own company, is gone on Merry...and he's racing across the island to deliver her baby by another man. Merry Preston fled to the island and the sanctuary of her mother's home, a mom she's getting to know as her alcoholism was a factor in Jo Preston leaving Merry and her older sister to their father's care as children. A free spirit who had once sought love anywhere she could get it, Merry was hit hard by her pregnancy and the father's abandonment and decided that growing up and getting to know her mom were necessary to her own mothering skills. And men were just going on the back burner while she lavished all her love on her new son. Ben has his own parental issues with a wealthy mother and father concerned more about their lofty name than their son's happiness. After a tragedy, Ben found a refuge in his veterinary practice on Sanctuary Island, and a young woman who was once almost as wild as the island's horses coming to terms with the responsibilities of being a parent. He is smitten so hard that offering her marriage to get her away from her own mother's rather smothering attentions actually seems rational. He throws in a few more unthreatening conditions that prove tempting to the new mom and, suddenly, an engagement is the latest gossip on the island. The convenient marriage is such a familiar trope in romance that it might not have worked, but Lily Everett has created such charming characters in Ben and Merry - whose attraction to each other may not have been so secret - that the reader just goes with it. How two such attractive people have so much self-doubt is revealed through the machinations of familial maneuvering; and the sweetness of Ben ' s devotion to both mother and child is one of the winning highlights of the story. At least one other romance seems to spark to life in this book and since I came to the series late, it's already out so I can lose myself once again in the goings-on of this island community. I won this book in a contest, but was in no way obligated to review it favorably.
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whippit More than 1 year ago
Interesting love story. The ups and downs of romances makes it interesting.
quilter39564 More than 1 year ago
Good follow up on the 1st book. Waiting for #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and loved Sanctuary Island--I savored every page. One of the best books I've read all year, and will be re-reading it over vacation. Highly recommended!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've had a stressful day or just finished reading an intense book, then Shoreline Drive is for you. It's silly, written on about a sixth grade level and will not require very much intellect from the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Such an amazingly good read. Back to Sanctuary Island and the Preston sisters. Can grouchy vet Ben Fairfax win Merry Preston's heart? In this wonderful tale we get to know the characters and the Islanders in a heartwarming and real way. You definitely don't want to miss out ton this book. I recommend this for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago