Here come the (Barefoot Bay) brides! They’re experts at planning dreamy “I do’s” but haven’t found their own happily ever after...yet. Destination wedding consultant Willow Ambrose has fought a battle with the scale for much of her life, but she has finally won the war. She hasn’t just cut calories - she’s cut all ties to her past, too, and successfully carved out a new body and a new life. But when she comes face to face with someone who left an indelible mark on her heart years before, all that threatens to crumble.
Navy SEAL Nick Hershey is on medical leave, doing a friend a favor as a stand-in "man of honor" at a beach wedding. He might not be that interested in the nuptials, but the wedding planner catches his eye the minute they meet. When he realizes Willow is a girl he knew in college - and a girl he unintentionally hurt to the core - he knows he has some making up to do. Willow has learned how to beat every temptation...but Nick’s sweet-as-candy kisses just might be the one thing she can’t resist. However, the closer they get, the more their history threatens to tear them apart. Nick and Willow learn the hard way that they can’t change the past, but does that mean they won’t have a future?
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- D. B. Smith
For me this was a very touching listen bring the past forward and overcoming it. One family with so much hurt and pain that needs to heal become whole. Willow has her reason for turning to food and adding the pounds she has finally overcome that in doing so she has walked not only away from her past changed her name but her family and friends. When her old college crush walks back into her life but doesn’t know who she is as he hits on her she is crushed again. One night years ago she promised him everything she had as he turned and walked away from her. She never got over that night it changed her in more ways than one. Years later she has started up a new business, made new friends and lost a ton of weight. She has finally got control of her life or has she…..
The author gives a wonderful story of overcoming, forgiving, finding one self, finding what is truly important as she gives you a story of pain, sorrow, as not only Willow and Nick learn to love but her family as well.
What I loved about this book was the humor, smiles the author gave me with wonderful characters. Each of us has a weakness just a Willow does she shows us it is hard work but everything can be overcome as we deal with issues to make our lives better. I loved Willow with her attitude, her love for life how she learned to deal to make her world a better place for her. She is strong but weak which makes her easy to relate to. Nick is totally a wonderful man overcoming his hearing loss trying to find a place in the world. He is a gentle man who stand up for his beliefs who is strong, protective, tries to do what is right even if it means he will lose the one thing that is the most important to him. I adored Willows father with his wonderful sense of humor always giving the ear to listen as he works his magic to give logic to his daughter. Willows mother was a trying character but I did grow to like her. I adored Willows friends they are so giving and protective of Willow. For me this book made me sad as it made me smile. I even laughed a few times.
Dara Rosenberg as a narrator did a good job some of the voices didn’t change enough or at all but I still knew who was saying what. She did put the emotions into her voice you could hear the pain, excitement, sorrow and joy. Her voice is easy to listen to and I would enjoy listen to her narrating other stories. She pulled me in with her calming tones and her excited ways she hit the correct tones each time for the scene she was telling at the time.
I totally loved the scene where Willow meets Nick after so many years as he comes out of the shower and totally naked. Nick with his bad singing just made him hotter to me and some I could relate to. The characters are very down to earth and very loveable. With so many people dealing with the same issues I found the story to be believable and loveable. The author gives you some very heated moments from some very over heated characters. There is passion that is pretty hot leaving Willow confused at times. Nick tries his best to do what is right but Willow just doesn’t understand anything only that he turned her down again. Nick and Willow bond as their relationship grows each trusting the other with their deep darkest secrets which brings them closer as they overcome their fears together. The author throws a twist in the mix which could tear down their new found relationship before it has a chance to grow. Not all things are as they seem as the author takes you one a exciting ride along the shores of Barefoot Bay to a wonderful thrilling ending. I loved this story. This is the first I have read/listen to of this author I can’t wait to read/listen to the next book in this series.