Sassy tomboy Ginger Atkinson would rather be captaining a deep-sea fishing boat than baking pies, yet she still wishes she had a man to bake for. Sure, the pretty redhead is happy running her late father’s Turtle Island ferry business, but everyone in the world is finding love except her. Stuck on the wrong side of thirty, she’s trying to accept singlehood by building a dream home—for one.
In high school, Carter Ridley loved to sneak off with his good friend Ginger to watch the sun rise over the ocean. But after graduation, his path took a different route. One that, unlike Ginger’s, did get him the spouse and house of his dreams. At least, until a scandal shattered everything.
Running from his heartbreak, Carter returns to Turtle Island, where he discovers that Ginger is all grown up. His teenage friend has become the woman he’s always wanted. But will Carter’s pain scare him away from a chance at happiness? Or can he be the loving partner Ginger’s been looking for?
Published January 12th 2016 by Montlake Romance
I had the opportunity to read and review Montana Cherries for this author and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was thrilled when another opportunity presented itself. I enjoyed the depth and backstories of the previous book and this one did not disappoint either. This was my first book to read in her Turtle Island series, but that took nothing away from this story besides the need to go back and catch up on the missed love stories I got to catch a glimpse of throughout this story.
I enjoyed the intermingling of the backstories once again, this time Julie's (Carter's sister) pregnancy being my favorite. It was initially used as the excuse to why Carter needed to come back home and was followed through with to the end, complimenting the story and the main characters development. The story that felt like it fell through a bit was Ginger's mom. She was introduced, given a little backstory, then forgotten about for half the book before being reintroduced in time for her wedding. The main evidence of that is how free Ginger behaved in her mothers house, walking around pantless and at one point naked with no care if her mother or her boyfriend were there. Did her mom move in with the boyfriend for a few months? I did think it was strange how often Ginger, who stilled lived with her mom, went to the back porch to read in her underwear. It was mentioned the neighbors saw her long legs as well that the mother's boyfriend constantly spent the night, which to me would have been enough cause for me to keep my pants on while reading.
Other than the details of the background characters, the story was strong. I enjoyed the history between Ginger and Carter and how it was revisited as they picked up where they left off. The sunsets were a connecting factor from childhood to whatever the future might hold. The best part of this book for me was that Carter was an author. I love reading and I enjoy writing and it's fun when they include a character that you relate to. He started as a typical business man then slowly made his dreams come true and I hope to find the happiness he found in Ginger.