Second grade teacher Becca Haddaway is weeks away from walking down the aisle with her high school sweetheart when she learns that the Heron Island Elementary School is about to be shut down. Knowing that losing the school would devastate the fragile island community, Becca pushes aside her wedding plans to save it. But the one man who can help her is determined to make her question every decision she has ever made - including the man she's about to marry.
Former Navy SEAL Colin Foley is finally starting to feel whole again after losing his leg on a career-ending deployment in Afghanistan. After struggling for months to figure out what to do with his post-military life, he's found a new mission - opening a rehab center for wounded veterans on the peaceful Chesapeake Bay island. All he needs now is a woman to share his new life with...and he knows exactly who he wants.
With a little help from the island's magical wind chimes, can Colin convince Becca to change her mind before it's too late?
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Heartwarming veteran story!
Wind Chime Wedding written by Sophie Moss is a wonderful and heartwarming contemporary romance with a military hero! This book begins not long after the first book ends on Heron Island, a small residential island in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. It was so nice to see many familiar faces from the first book, Wind Chime Cafe, which is not surprising considering the setting is primarily set on an island that has a total population of 200 residents year round. Cafe owner Annie and her fiancé Will (who are still not married) make a few appearances in the story. And the ending of this book is so satisfying on many fronts!
Wind Chime Wedding centers on second grade teacher Becca Haddaway who is only a few weeks away from marrying her high school sweetheart after 16 years of being engaged, and moving to Washington, DC. Distracting her from her wedding plans is a fight to keep the school she loves so dearly open. Not only does she teach there, she attended the school as a child, and she teaches in the same classroom that her deceased mother taught in 16 years before. Simply put, she loves living on Heron Island and doesn't want to move away from it and all of her friends. Thankfully, she is finally starting to have second thoughts (as if being engaged for 16 years wasn't enough).
Helping Becca in her cause to save the school is former Navy SEAL Colin Foley who arranges a meeting between Becca and his father, the current Maryland governor. Colin has been living on Heron Island for the past year renovating an old inn and converting it into a veteran's center for wounded soldiers. Colin's backstory is just heartbreaking. Besides losing his leg serving his country, he lost a finance the day he got back from war, and his mother blames him for the death of his younger brother who died in military service "following in his footsteps." Colin's mother is just downright nasty and she tries to sabotage the veteran's center by trying to taint the funds supporting it. I hope she rots in jail!
Hollis McCarthy narrated this story and I was thoroughly entertained by her performance. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. Hollis exhibits the right amount of worry, exasperation, and yearning in all the right places. I cannot recommend this book enough!
another beautiful romance on Heron Island