Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro.
But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents’ property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him “get his head straight.” The last thing Will expects is to fall in love…with his hometown and with Annie. But Will’s life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie’s love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
This is the perfect small town, starting over romance that hit all my buttons. This had angst, drama and of course a wonderful romance featuring engaging people and witty dialog.
Annie Malone has moved to Heron Island in the Chesapeake Bay area to start over with her eight year old daughter Taylor. Taylor experienced a devastating trauma that she needs help getting over; not long ago she was the lone survivor in a classroom shooting in the D. C. area. Taylor is such a cute child and although she is scared and carries a broom around to feel safe, I love how her enthusiasm is so contagious and the town immediately falls in love with her.
Annie wants to set down roots and is buying a restaurant believing there is a resort being built on the island, but when things become less concrete she settles on opening a café for the locals with hopes that the café will evolve as the island changes. Will, a local boy who is home temporarily, is the reason for the change in direction; he came home to sell his grandparent’s Inn but does not want a resort destroying the way of life on the island so is waiting for the perfect family to buy the property. But as Annie waits for the café to pickup, a complication from the past comes back to haunt her that could upset her small family.
Wind Chime Café is such a good book, a great start to a series featuring this wonderful place. The town is quant and inviting as the residents try to hang on to their way of life but know that things change. I love Annie; she is strong and protective and craves what she never had growing up. She realizes at once that even though she is attracted to Will, he does not seem to be ready to settle down so she keeps herself away, yet the pull is too much and they can’t stay away from each other. Will is a great hero, believing he is doing the right thing by staying as a SEAL but the loss he experiences not long ago is affecting his daily life yet he does not want to seek help. I actually was surprised that his SEAL commanders did not make him seek help as two on his team died and another lost a leg yet he did not really recognize what he was going through until Annie witnesses it firsthand and tells him.
The secondary characters in the town are engaging and fun, Will’s aunt, Della is a kick as she become not only the cook of the café but also the cheerleader as she brings many of the residents in, as it becomes the place to go for both locals and tourists. Will’s friend Colin is very likeable as the wounded vet that has some exciting plans for the Inn and I can hardly wait until he is featured in the next book with Becca.
The pace of the story is perfect as we watch Annie, Taylor and Will face their different traumas and I will give you fare warning, I did cry big tears as I watched them heal. I am very excited that this is the first in a series as I look forward to reading many more from this author.
I give Wind Chime Café by Sophie Moss 4.5 stars!