When her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown on Prince Edward Island, Natalie O'Ryan finds herself spending the summer surrounded by memories she had never intended to revisit. Not only facing the questions and gossip of townspeople she ran away from, Natalie also has to work alongside the best friend of her childhood. A friend she abandoned to start a new life in Nashville.
Justin Kane still feels betrayed by Natalie's departure, and has never forgotten her or their shared dreams of a music career. While running a successful dairy after his father's death, and playing with a local band on occasion, Justin thinks of his life as fulfilling and complete. When Natalie returns and brings their childhood memories crashing back, Justin begins to realize that he never did fully recover from her hasty departure. Will either one of them be able to address the wounds of their pasts and move on? Are their lives so different after 15 years that they can even be friends?
Liz Johnson tells a beautifully sweet love story in On Love's Gentle Shore. I adored exploring Natalie's past, and how her perceptions of it had shaped her choices. Brooding but kind, Justin was an equally compelling and entertaining romantic lead. The rumors and gossip swirling around the small-town setting in addition to the excellently written lead characters made for a novel I could barely put down. While I loved getting to see a bit more of Caden from Where Two Hearts Meet, I hated that Adam wasn't around much! I enjoyed this installment every bit as much as its predecessor, and can't wait for more!
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.