To the world Riley's family looks great. They own one of the original summer homes on an island off the coast of North Carolina, have a successful family business, and Riley is married to a highly competent man who cherishes the family business he married into - and the family itself. The list of how great their lives are goes on and on.... until you realize none of it is real.
The marriage is almost ashes, the business is teetering, the husband is not so loving to anyone, and her brother is hiding a lot of secrets. Then a mysterious death occurs - accident or murder? Meanwhile, a man she hasn't seen since he threw up on her during her school years discovers he wants a second chance - if he can catch her interest again.
During a long, hot summer off the coast of North Carolina a number of truths come to light, hard decisions need to be made and familial trials and tribulations take place. But a family that suffers together stays together, even if the ties that bind grow a little loose for a while.
Riley discovers her entire life needs changing, perhaps to also include the man who decides his life needs to be intertwined with hers.
I took this book to the beach with me where it blended perfectly with the sun, sand and Bloody Marys. :)
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St. Martin's Press
May 17, 2016
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle,
North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends—and it’s
something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is
waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she
is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is
being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be
She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of
them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery
deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to
investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not
really know, and the summer that could change everything.