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Twelve years ago, Jillian Henriksen cut off all her hair and placed it in her young husband's hands as he was buried. After his tragic accident, she clung to the only remaining stability she had: her young son, her family of women, and her job at their restaurant, The Shore Leave Café.
Now it is summer again, and change is in the hot and humid air, including the arrival of Jillian’s older sister Joelle, home now to stay. And then there is Justin Miller, a long time family friend, sexy but damaged after a terrible accident five years earlier. Will Jillian and Justin dare to risk their broken hearts and take a chance on love?
The past summer has been a wild ride for Joelle Gordon; after discovering her husband cheating she fled Chicago for Landon, Minnesota, her childhood home. There, her family's lakeside restaurant, the Shore Leave Café, remains unchanged.
Yet nothing else in Landon is the same, including her family of women, her three teenage daughters and the new, intense love she finds unexpectedly with Blythe Tilson. Now Blythe is in trouble, Jackson is back, and Joelle must face one of the most important and difficult decisions of her life.
A chance encounter. An intense desire. And a forbidden love too strong to resist.
At 20, Bryce Mitchell is no stranger to hardship, raised by an unloving mother with a terrible secret. But when she meets Matthew Sternhagen, it seems as though life may be offering her a second chance. She is inexplicably drawn to gorgeous, sensitive Matthew on the humid June night they meet. Despite the fact that they are total strangers, they come to realize one absolute truth: they are meant for one another.
There is only one problem: Matthew is Bryce's half-uncle, a man her mother never told her about. Will the truth of their relationship be enough to stop their forbidden love? Or will long-buried secrets ruin their chances forever?