The Cottages on Silver Beach

The Cottages on Silver Beach

by RaeAnne Thayne

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ISBN-13: 9781335477880
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Haven Point Series , #8
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 226,171
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Someone was trying to bust into the cottages next door.

Only minutes earlier, Megan Hamilton had been minding her own business, sitting on her front porch, gazing out at the stars and enjoying the peculiar quiet sweetness of a late-May evening on Lake Haven. She had earned this moment of peace after working all day at the inn's front desk then spending the last four hours at her computer, editing photographs from Joe and Lucy White's 50th anniversary party the weekend before.

Her neck was sore, her shoulders tight, and she simply wanted to savor the purity of the evening with her dog at her feet. Her moment of Zen had lasted only sixty seconds before her little ancient pug Cyrus sat up, gazed out into the darkness and gave one small harrumphing noise before settling back down again to watch as a vehicle pulled up to the cottage next door.

Cyrus had become used to the comings and goings of their guests in the two years since he and Megan moved into the cottage after the inn's renovations were finished. She would venture to say her pudgy little dog seemed to actually enjoy the parade of strangers who invariably stopped to greet him.

The man next door wasn't aware of her presence, though, or that of her little pug. He was too busy trying to work the finicky lock — not an easy feat as the task typically took two hands and one of his appeared to be attached to an arm tucked into a sling.

She should probably go help him. He was obviously struggling one-handed, unable to turn the key and twist the knob at the same time.

Beyond common courtesy, there was another compelling reason she should probably get off her porch swing and assist him. He was a guest of the inn, which meant he was yet one more responsibility on her shoulders. She knew the foibles of that door handle well, since she owned the door, the porch, the house and the land that it sat on, here at Silver Beach on Lake Haven, part of the extensive grounds of the Inn at Haven Point.

She didn't want to help him. She wanted to stay right here hidden in shadows, trying to pretend he wasn't there. Maybe this was all a bad dream and she wouldn't be stuck with him for the next three weeks.

Megan closed her eyes, wishing she could open them again and find the whole thing was a figment of her imagination.

Unfortunately, it was all entirely too real. Elliot Bailey. Living next door.

She didn't want him here. Stupid online bookings. If he had called in person about renting the cottage next to hers — one of five small, charming two-bedroom vacation rentals along the lakeshore — she might have been able to concoct some excuse.

With her imagination, surely she could have come up with something good. All the cottages were being painted. A plumbing issue meant none of them had water. The entire place had to be fumigated for tarantulas.

If she had spoken with him in person, she may have been able to concoct some excuse that would keep Elliot Bailey away. But he had used the inn's online reservation system and paid in full before she even realized who was moving in next door. Now she was stuck with him for three entire weeks.

She would have to make the best of it.

As he tried the door again, guilt poked at her. Even if she didn't want him here, she couldn't sit here when one of her guests needed help. It was rude, selfish and irresponsible. "Stay," she murmured to Cyrus, then stood up and made her way down the porch steps of Primrose Cottage and back up those of Cedarwood.

"May I help?"

At her words, Elliot whirled around, the fingers of his right hand flexing inside his sling as if reaching for a weapon. She had to hope he didn't have one. Maybe she should have thought of that before sneaking up on him.

Elliot was a decorated FBI agent and always exuded an air of cold danger, as if ready to strike at any moment. It was as much a part of him as his blue eyes.

His brother had shared the same eyes, but the similarities between them ended there. Wyatt's blue eyes had been warm, alive, brimming with personality. Elliot's were serious and solemn and always seemed to look at her as if she were some kind of alien life form that had landed in his world.

Her heart gave a familiar pinch at the thought of Wyatt and the fledgling dreams that had been taken away from her on a snowy road.

"Megan," he said, his voice as stiff and formal as if he were greeting J. Edgar Hoover himself. "I didn't see you."

"It's a dark evening and I'm easy to miss. I didn't mean to startle you."

In the yellow glow of the porch light, his features appeared lean and alert, like a hungry mountain lion. She could feel her muscles tense in response, a helpless doe caught unawares in an alpine meadow.

She adored the rest of the Bailey family. All of them, even linebacker-big Marshall. Why was Elliot the only one who made her so blasted nervous?

"May I help you?" she asked again. "This lock can be sticky. Usually it takes two hands, one to twist the key and the other to pull the door toward you."

"That could be an issue for the next three weeks." His voice seemed flat and she had the vague, somewhat disconcerting impression that he was tired. Elliot always seemed so invincible but now lines bracketed his mouth and his hair was uncharacteristically rumpled. It seemed so odd to see him as anything other than perfectly controlled.

Of course he was tired. The man had just driven in from Denver. Anybody would be exhausted after an eight-hour drive — especially when he was healing from an obvious injury and probably in pain.

What happened to his arm? She wanted to ask, but couldn't quite find the courage. It wasn't her business anyway. Elliot was a guest of her inn and deserved all the hospitality she offered to any guest — including whatever privacy he needed and help accessing the cottage he had paid in advance to rent.

"There is a trick," she told him. "If you pull the door slightly toward you first, then turn the key, you should be able to manage with one hand. If you have trouble again, you can find me or one of the staff to help you. I live next door."

The sound he made might have been a laugh or a scoff. She couldn't tell.

"Of course you do."

She frowned. What did that mean? With all the renovations to the inn after a devastating fire, she couldn't afford to pay for an overnight manager. It had seemed easier to move into one of the cottages so she could be close enough to step in if the front desk clerks had a problem in the middle of the night.

That's the only reason she was here. Elliot didn't need to respond to that information as if she was some loser who hadn't been able to fly far from the nest.

"We need someone on-site full-time to handle emergencies," she said stiffly. "Such as guests who can't open their doors by themselves."

"I am certainly not about to bother you or your staff every time I need to go in and out of my own rental unit. I'll figure something out."

His voice sounded tight, annoyed, and she tried to attribute it to travel weariness instead of that subtle disapproval she always seemed to feel emanating from him.

"I can help you this time at least." She inserted his key, exerted only a slight amount of pull on the door and heard the lock disengage. She pushed the door open and flipped on a light inside the cheery little two-bedroom cottage, with its small combined living-dining room and kitchen table set in front of the big windows overlooking the lake.

"Thank you for your help," he said, sounding a little less censorious.

"Any time." She smiled, her well-practiced, smooth, innkeeper smile. After a decade of running the twenty-room Inn at Haven Point on her own, she had become quite adept at exuding hospitality she was far from feeling.

"May I help you with your bags?"

He gave her a long, steady look that conveyed clearly what he thought of that offer. "I'm good. Thanks."

She shrugged. Stubborn man. Let him struggle. "Good night, then. If you need anything, you know where to find me."

"Yes. I do. Next door, apparently."

"That's right. Good night," she said again, then returned to her front porch, where she and Cyrus settled in to watch him pull a few things out of his vehicle and carry them inside.

She could have saved him a few trips up and down those steps, but clearly he wanted to cling to his own stubbornness instead. As usual, it was obvious he wanted nothing to do with her. Elliot tended to treat her as if she were a riddle he had no desire to solve.

Over the years, she had developed pretty good strategies for avoiding him at social gatherings, though it was a struggle. She had once been almost engaged to his younger brother. That alone would tend to link her to the Bailey family, but it wasn't the only tie between them. She counted his sisters, Wynona Bailey Emmett and Katrina Bailey Callahan, among her closest friends.

In fact, because of her connection to his sisters, she knew he was in town at least partly to attend a big after-the-fact reception to celebrate Katrina's wedding to Bowie Callahan, which had been a small destination event in Colombia several months earlier.

Megan had known Elliot for years. Though only five or six years older, somehow he had always seemed ancient to her, even when she was a girl — as if he belonged to some earlier generation. He was so serious all the time, like some sort of stuffy uncle who couldn't be bothered with youthful shenanigans.

Hey, you kids. Get off my lawn.

He'd probably never actually said those words, but she could clearly imagine them coming out of that incongruously sexy mouth.

He did love his family. She couldn't argue that. He watched out for his sisters and was close to his brother Marshall, the sheriff of Lake Haven County. He cherished his mother and made the long trip from Denver to Haven Point for every important Bailey event, several times a year.

Which also begged the question, why had he chosen to rent a cottage on the inn property instead of staying with one of his family members?

His mother and stepfather lived not far away and so did Marshall, Wynona and Katrina with their respective spouses. While Marshall's house was filled to the brim with kids, Cade and Wyn had plenty of room and Bowie and Katrina had a vast house on Serenity Harbor that would fit the entire Haven Point High School football team, with room left over for the coaching staff and a few cheerleaders.

Instead, Elliot had chosen to book this small, solitary rental unit at the inn for three entire weeks.

Did his reasons have anything to do with that sling? How had he been hurt? Did it have anything to do with his work for the FBI?

None of her business, Megan reminded herself. He was a guest at her inn, which meant she had an obligation to respect his privacy.

He came back to the vehicle for one more bag, something that looked the size of a laptop, which gave her something else to consider. He had booked the cottage for three weeks. Maybe he had taken a leave of absence or something to work on another book.

She pulled Cyrus into her lap and rubbed behind his ears as she considered the cottage next door and the enigmatic man currently inhabiting it. Whoever would have guessed that the stiff, humorless, focused FBI agent could pen gripping true crime books in his spare time? She would never admit it to Elliot, but she found it utterly fascinating how his writing managed to convey pathos and drama and even some lighter moments.

True crime was definitely not her groove at all but she had read his last bestseller in five hours, without so much as stopping to take a bathroom break — and had slept with her closet light on for weeks.

That still didn't mean she wanted him living next door. At this point, she couldn't do anything to change that. The only thing she could do was treat him with the same courtesy and respect she would any other guest at the inn.

No matter how difficult that might prove.

What the hell was he doing here?

Elliot dragged his duffel to the larger of the cottage's two bedrooms, where a folding wood-framed luggage stand had been set out, ready for guests.

The cottage was tastefully decorated in what he termed Western chic — bold mission furniture, wood plank ceiling, colorful rugs on the floor. A river rock fireplace dominated the living room, probably perfect for those chilly evenings along the lakeshore.

Cedarwood Cottage seemed comfortable and welcoming, a good place for him to huddle over his laptop and pound out the last few chapters of the book that was overdue to his editor.

Even so, he could already tell this was a mistake.

Why the hell hadn't he just told his mother and Katrina he couldn't make it to the reception? He'd flown to Cartagena for the wedding three months earlier, after all. Surely that showed enough personal commitment to his baby sister's nuptials.

They would have protested but would have understood — and in the end it wouldn't have much mattered whether he made it home for the event or not. The reception wasn't about him, it was about Bowie and Katrina and the life they were building with Bowie's younger brother Milo and Kat's adopted daughter Gabriella.

For his part, Elliot was quite sure he would have been better off if he had stayed holed up in his condo in Denver to finish the book, no matter how awkward things had become for him there. If he closed the blinds, ignored the doorbell and just hunkered down, he could have typed one-handed or even dictated the changes he needed to make. The whole thing would have been done in a week.

The manuscript wasn't the problem.

Elliot frowned, his head pounding in rhythm to each throbbing ache of his shoulder.

He was the problem — and he couldn't escape the mess he had created, no matter how far away from Denver he drove.

He struggled to unzip the duffel one-handed, then finally gave up and stuck his right arm out of the sling to help. His shoulder ached even more in response, not happy with being subjected to eight hours of driving only days post-surgery.

How was he going to explain the shoulder injury to his mother? He couldn't tell her he was recovering from a gunshot wound. Charlene had lost a son and husband in the line of duty and had seen both a daughter and her other son injured on the job.

And he certainly couldn't tell Marshall or Cade about all the trouble he was in. He was the model FBI agent, with the unblemished record.

Until now.

Unpacking took him all of five minutes, moving the packing cubes into drawers, setting his toiletries in the bathroom, hanging the few dress shirts he had brought along. When he was done, he wandered back into the combined living room/kitchen.

The front wall was made almost entirely of windows, perfect for looking out and enjoying the spectacular view of Lake Haven during one of its most beautiful seasons, late spring, before the tourist horde descended.

On impulse, Elliot walked out onto the wide front porch. The night was chilly but the mingled scents of pine and cedar and lake intoxicated him. He drew fresh mountain air deep into his lungs.

This.

If he needed to look for a reason why he had been compelled to come home during his suspension and the investigation into his actions, he only had to think about what this view would look like in the morning, with the sun creeping over the mountains.

Lake Haven called to him like nowhere else on earth — not just the stunning blue waters or the mountains that jutted out of them in jagged peaks but the calm, rhythmic lapping of the water against the shore, the ever-changing sky, the cry of wood ducks pedaling in for a landing.

He had spent his entire professional life digging into the worst aspects of the human condition, investigating cruelty and injustice and people with no moral conscience whatsoever. No matter what sort of muck he waded through, he had figured out early in his career at the FBI that he could keep that ugliness from touching the core of him with thoughts of Haven Point and the people he loved who called this place home.

He didn't visit as often as he would like. Between his job at the Denver field office and the six true crime books he had written, he didn't have much free time.

That all might be about to change. He might have more free time than he knew what to do with.

His shoulder throbbed again and he adjusted the sling, gazing out at the stars that had begun to sparkle above the lake.

After hitting rock bottom professionally, with his entire future at the FBI in doubt, where else would he come but home?

(Continues…)



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This such a wonderful book! I just love how RaeAnne Thayne writes in such a way that you feel like your right there with the characters! You get pulled in straight from the beginning!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love this series can’t wait for the next book to be out
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was a wonderful book! Excellent story line!
Anonymous 26 days ago
Love to relax and read a great book. Enjoy the characters and how alive they become with each story. Can’t wait for more.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Fantastic story about Megan and Elliot. I love to read about Haven Point and the people who live there. This is book number eight in the series by RaeAnne Thayne. She does a tremendous job of making you feel a part of the story. I started reading it and just couldn't put it down, laughing and crying along the way. You feel like you know these characters and would enjoy having them as friends. It was also fun to have the interaction with Hope's Crossing, another of my favorite series by her. Can't wait to read the newest one in the series and I'm hoping to read more about Megan's brother Luke.
Julie12 7 months ago
This was the first time I have read a book by RaeAnne Thayne but it definitely will not be my last! I really, really liked this book and just couldn't put it down! This is part of the Haven Point series but I was never lost because I hadn't read the books before this one. Megan is the owner of the cottages at Silver Lake and I just love her caring personality in making everyone feel welcome. The cottages have been in her family for 5 generations and she takes this seriously. She also has an artistic side and is an excellent photographer. My favorites thing about her, though, is her loyalty to her family. She is there for her brother and his children whenever she is needed plus she's an excellent friend to her friends. Elliot is what we think of as a typical FBI agent. He dependable, hard to read, and stoic. He is also an author of popular crime books and he is on a deadline so he decides to rent one of the cottages at Silver Lake. Unfortunately for Megan, he ends up in the cottage next to hers. She has always been a bit off-put by him but after he made it clear that he believed her brother had killed his wife, she really wanted nothing to do with him. It's these circumstances that they both have to navigate around. Elliot has always had feeling for Megan but didn't feel free to share those feeling with her. However, his own life has been turned upside down and he's looking at his life in a new way and trying to be more open-minded about things. It's with this attitude that he and Megan are able to navigate ahead. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm not going to go into any detail here. I just loved this story, the characters, and the feeling of really caring about them that the author gave me. I could picture the scenery because she has such a beautiful way with words, you feel like you are right there and that you truly know these people you're reading about. I honestly cannot wait for the next book when she will deal more with Megan's brother and his wife. I'm also going to be getting more of RaeAnne's books from before this because it was so good! I highly recommend this lovely romance with a touch of mystery. It was a book to escape into! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Little Bird Publicity.
Julie12 7 months ago
This was the first time I have read a book by RaeAnne Thayne but it definitely will not be my last! I really, really liked this book and just couldn't put it down! This is part of the Haven Point series but I was never lost because I hadn't read the books before this one. Megan is the owner of the cottages at Silver Lake and I just love her caring personality in making everyone feel welcome. The cottages have been in her family for 5 generations and she takes this seriously. She also has an artistic side and is an excellent photographer. My favorites thing about her, though, is her loyalty to her family. She is there for her brother and his children whenever she is needed plus she's an excellent friend to her friends. Elliot is what we think of as a typical FBI agent. He dependable, hard to read, and stoic. He is also an author of popular crime books and he is on a deadline so he decides to rent one of the cottages at Silver Lake. Unfortunately for Megan, he ends up in the cottage next to hers. She has always been a bit off-put by him but after he made it clear that he believed her brother had killed his wife, she really wanted nothing to do with him. It's these circumstances that they both have to navigate around. Elliot has always had feeling for Megan but didn't feel free to share those feeling with her. However, his own life has been turned upside down and he's looking at his life in a new way and trying to be more open-minded about things. It's with this attitude that he and Megan are able to navigate ahead. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm not going to go into any detail here. I just loved this story, the characters, and the feeling of really caring about them that the author gave me. I could picture the scenery because she has such a beautiful way with words, you feel like you are right there and that you truly know these people you're reading about. I honestly cannot wait for the next book when she will deal more with Megan's brother and his wife. I'm also going to be getting more of RaeAnne's books from before this because it was so good! I highly recommend this lovely romance with a touch of mystery. It was a book to escape into! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Little Bird Publicity.
ethel55 9 months ago
This series has such a charming setting and an equally charming set of characters. The Bailey family takes center stage again, as Elliot returns home for his sister's wedding reception. Megan Hamilton's sister in law disappeared almost 7 years ago, but many in town still blame her brother Luke for her absence. The story pieces together some new possible clues in Elizabeth's case, which helps bridge the gap between Elliot and his old friends. I like this series quite a bit, they are an easy, enjoyable read any time of year.
Paula-52 9 months ago
This is the story of Megan, an Inn keeper, and Elliot, a FBI agent/book writer, who comes home to write his next book. They seem like an unlikely pair, but there is something brewing in the air. There is always the mystery added to the story to help enhance RaeAnne's story's plus the beautiful scenery that you can almost smell. This is one to delight. I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own
Alice_M_Batzel 9 months ago
MY REVIEW: 4.5 STARS OUT OF 5 REVIEW TITLE: SUSPENSE AND MYSTERY WILL KEEP YOU READING THROUGH THE NIGHT NARRATIVE CRITIQUE: THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH takes a bold departure from the other books in the series in that it’s packed with adult suspense and mystery, as well as has the accompaniment of romance that’s always promised by Author RaeAnne Thayne. Some of the other books in this series also contain serious adult subject matter, but I felt that this novel had even more; nevertheless, this novel’s storyline is intellectually stimulating, interesting, and still had parameters of good taste. The reader returns to the community of Haven Point in all its beauty and grandeur through the picturesque words of the author. The mention of familiar individuals from the other previous books in the Haven Point novel series is peppered throughout the novel making it feel like the reader is coming home to a familiar community and family; this literary skill is one of the trademarks of Author RaeAnne Thayne, and she does it expertly. At times this novel has strong language in keeping with some strong characters and situations. The storyline is multi-layered and crafted in such a way that the reader gets a very intriguing and intelligent read by spending time with this book. The crime story and mystery is expertly crafted, rooted in the community which readers have come to love through all the books in the Haven Point novel series. The story is rich in mystery albeit not always easy to read because of some disturbing issues; however, the story is not too complex for readers to follow, and certainly plausible in today’s world. The author illustrates family and personal relationships in a way that readers can find a bit of their self somewhere in the characters and identify with the complexities that many families face. There is a realistic portrayal of broken families as well as strong, loving families; there are unresolved family conflicts, as well as forgiveness, acceptance, and healing. I found myself at times being anxious in certain scenes in the story, and at other times laughing or crying as my heart was touched, and a time or two my jaw dropped open, and I gasped as the author surprised me by creating an unexpected turn in the story. CONCLUSION: This book fits in well with the entire Haven Point novel series, but it can also easily stand alone on its merit. I found this book to be well-written and captivating to read in its entirety. The story will appeal to readers of an adult or young adult audience, especially those who enjoy reading contemporary romantic suspense and mystery. The language at times is strong but suited to the characters and situations, though the author does not belabor it, nor does the author involve Deity in the language. The suspense and mystery associated with this novel are intriguing and written very intelligently giving readers a feeling of time well spent with the book. The romance aspect of this novel is enjoyable, the author crafts its evolution with skill and does not take it to a level that might make the reader uncomfortable; this literary skill deserves robust applause in today’s romance writing circles. The novel provides a very satisfying conclusion, and the author also teases the reader with perhaps more of the story to continue in a future book. Reviewed by: ALICE M. BATZEL Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer www.alicembatzel.com
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good summer read!
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Entertaining read. Enjoyable descriptions of Colorado. It didn’t require a reading of previous books in the series to be enjoyed nor did the author rehash previous books.
Cora 10 months ago
Another fabulous book in the Haven Point series. I can easily say that this is my favorite. For me this book was very hard to put down. You will fall in love with the characters. I would definitely recommend this book!!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story!
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Rettabugs 11 months ago
This is book eight in the Haven Point series. And it can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. Even though some of the other characters have their own books. Megan Hamilton runs her family’s inn as the current innkeeper. She also helps her brother Luke with his children. For the last seven years her brother has lived a life under the accusations that he had something to do with his wife’s disappearance. But Luke doesn’t leave Haven Point. He’s not uprooting his children from their home. So Megan helps her brother whenever he needs her. Elliott Bailey is an author and FBI agent. He use to be one of Luke’s best friends. Elliott is also the brother to Wyatt, Megan’s old boyfriend who passed away. But Elliott has always found he’s been fascinated by Megan. Now he’s home for a wedding and he’s renting one of Megan’s cabins for a few weeks. So when Megan is providing housekeeping services to Elliott’s room she discovers he’s looking into her sister in laws disappearance again. So what can Megan do? She can throw him out of her inn, right?
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LynnB888 11 months ago
Mysteriously intriguing! I'm used to a heartwarming love story enriched by close knit families and community when I pick up one of RaeAnne Thayne's delightful Haven Point novels, and I received that once again with this latest book ... but I also received a mystery! Much-loved by the town Megan finds herself drawn to returning Elliot, but his insistence to stir up something that has been painful to her family for many years just might stop her attraction cold! Great characters, a town we already love and this added mystery to the plot gave it a real pull. SO looking forward to Luke's story!! Inn owner Megan Hamilton has a personality that makes her a favorite of just about anyone she meets, but for some reason she's always felt like Elliot didn't care for her. When they've been around her in the past, he's always come off as stand-offish. He once was in a position to help a her family with a crucial matter, but instead turned his back and believed speculation over them. She's not overly happy to see him pop up at her inn looking for a place to stay while he's in town for a few weeks. FBI agent and bestselling author Elliot Bailey plays his cards close to his vest, and the reason he keeps Megan at a distance is because he's secretly been crushing on her for years. This opportunity of being close by for a few weeks just might be his chance to see if she returns his interest at all, but when he starts looking into a matter that she wishes would stay buried, it could stir up more trouble than he's looking for!
Evarista 11 months ago
RaeAnne Thayne has done it again with The Cottages on Silver Beach. Thayne is wonderful at creating heartbreaking characters and magical towns we all want to live in. In her latest romance, we return to heartwarming Haven Point.
Megan Hamilton and her brother, Luke, have spent their lives trying to overcome a tragic childhood. Now, they work tirelessly to run their family businesses, raise Luke's two adorable children, and combat town gossip.
Elliot Bailey is a childhood friend that has returned to Haven Point to attend his sister's wedding reception. Elliot has secrets of his own and cannot renew his friendship with Luke and Megan as he investigates the mystery surrounding Luke's marriage.
Elliot and Megan are powerfully attracted to one another but can't seem to bridge the gap between their longing for one another and their suspicion and hurt from the past.
Thayne brilliantly creates complex compelling characters that completely capture your heart. You will love the wonderful town and characters of Haven Point and will be completely seduced by the longing and love between Megan and Elliot.
I cannot recommend The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne enough!!! Elliot's and Megan's romance it both heartwarming and heartbreaking. You will be captivated by both the mystery and the romance of this wonderful novel!!!

akamc57 11 months ago
I always look forward to any new RaeAnne Thayne book, especially when it's set in Haven Point. This is the eighth installment of the series and like all the others in the series it can be read as a stand-alone title. This was a departure from Thayne's usual writing. Not only was it a 'will they end up together romance' but had some unresolved past issues Megan and Elliot had to get beyond before they could trust each other and find the inevitable romance. Some mystery thrown in was a bonus and a nice departure from the typical romance. As with all the RaeAnne Thayne books this was a winner and definitely recommend!
uhave2loveufirst 11 months ago
Back at Haven Point for more from a favorite family, the Bailey’s, and re-introduced to Megan Hamilton. We met Megan in a prior Haven Point point book when her families inn burned. The inn has now been refurbished and Megan is in one of the cottages on Silver Beach, on the grounds of The Inn at Haven Point. Elliot Bailey, decorated FBI agent and best selling author, is in town for his sisters wedding reception. Megan was almost engaged to his brother Wyatt, before he was taken away from her long ago. Wyatt was full of personality. Elliot is serious and solemn. Too bad Elliot made his reservation online. If Megan has spoken to him she may have made excuses as to why he couldn’t stay there. How is she going to avoid him when she is best friends with his sisters? Is Elliot looking into her brother Luke? Luke’s wife, Elizabeth, went missing years ago and some people think Luke killed her. That was a terrible time for Megan‘s family and she doesn’t want them hurt anymore. Does Luke have unresolved feelings for Megan? Will Megan continue to be suspicious of Luke’s true reasons for being there? Will her family be hurt by Elizabeth’s disappearance being looked into? You will have to read it for yourself to find out. A very good read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my voluntary and honest opinion.
TobiForgetHousework 12 months ago
Megan and Elliot are thrown together because of his sister's, her bff's, wedding party. Elliot has rented the cabin next door to Megan so he can work on his next book. Megan always felt Elliot never liked her but the opposite was true. He'd secretly been in love with her before she dated his younger brother. Elliot, oh man he's a tall drink of water on a hot humid day! Though he tries to avoid Megan they're thrown together left and right and their chemistry is explosive. Megan has always wanted to venture away from Haven Point but has been unable to due to taking over her family's inn. She's caring, creative, determined and independent. This story was fun and fast paced and I enjoyed the "will they? won't they?" back and forth through the story. If you enjoy a slow burning, sweet romance that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end then I highly recommend reading The Cottages on Silver Beach!
Anonymous 12 months ago