Dewberry Beach Book 1
When the Bennett family arrive at the shore house to spend the summer together, they bring more baggage than just suitcases…
When Kaye Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett family, summons her adult children to the shore house, she anticipates a vacation full of nostalgia. It’s a chance to relive the carefree joy of summers past: basking in the hot sun, cooling off in the surf and enjoying long, relaxing evenings watching fireflies on the deck. But when Kaye’s son and daughter arrive, late and uncooperative, it becomes clear the family desperately need to reconnect.
Kaye and her daughter Stacy have been quietly at odds for years and resentment has grown around words unsaid. Faced with spending the summer months in such close quarters, Kaye is determined to remind Stacy of happier times and why she once loved their beautiful beachside home.
But both Kaye and Stacy are holding something back. And only when a heart-stopping accident on the beach puts what Stacy most loves at risk are the two women finally able to set free the secrets in their shared past.
Will opening up to each other about what’s in their hearts allow the Bennett family to finally heal?
When a loved one has had severe health problems, you want to do everything you can to make sure they fully recover. It’s only natural because you don’t want to lose them. You have be careful not to start running that person’s life completely and lock them up in a box. You have to let go of the fears you have and start living again.
Parents love their children, but not always in the same way. It’s good to encourage children who are struggling a bit, but don’t forget about the others ones. They crave compliments too.
Sometimes you like a book, because the story is great. Sometimes you like a book because of the fluent writing style. A combination of these two things turns an ‘I like it’ into an ‘I love it’ and transforms a good book into a great one.
This book definitely belongs in the ‘I love it’ category. A wonderful start to a new series, a lovely summer beach read about family, compromising and finding your destiny. 5 stars.
Thank you, Heidi Hostetter and Bookouture
About the author
Heidi Hostetter grew up in New Jersey and spent summers at her grandparents’ house on the shore. Every magical thing was there, from sparklers and fireflies at night to whole days spent swimming in the ocean and exploring tide pools. She and her family have recently moved back to the DC-area and live in a one hundred-year-old house that’s definitely haunted.
When she’s not writing – or reading – you can probably find her digging in her garden, ripping back a knitting project, or burning dinner. Her writing partner, a labradoodle named Emmett shares her office, keeping a careful watch for errant squirrels and neighborhood shenanigans.