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Breakwater Bay had lots of potential with the backdrop of Newport's historic mansions, solving a family mystery, a feisty grandmother and sarcastic teen. However, I didn't connect with the 2 main characters Meri (30) and Alden (42).
First, I couldn't get over the idea that Aldan helped babysit Meri - their families were neighbors- and Meri treated Alden like a combination big brother/favorite uncle. When they started having sex as adults, it almost felt like incest.
Mostly, they both acted so wimpy. When Meri's boyfriend moved to California, she didn't seem to care but still acted like she wanted to marry him. Alden allowed his bitchy ex-wife to tell him how and when he could see his children, as if there was no custody agreement.
The author has obvious talent, so would try another book by Shelley Noble. The narrator was okay but didn't do an authentic New England ascent.
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