ROMANCE

The Cottages on Silver Beach

HQN: Harlequin. (Haven Point, Bk. 8). Jun. 2018. 374p. ISBN 9781335007018. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488029363. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Ever since her brother Luke's troubled wife vanished seven years ago, innkeeper and photographer Megan Hamilton has helped him to raise her young niece and nephew and deal with the undercurrent of suspicion that still swirls around Luke. Megan is resentful of anyone who thinks he could be guilty of a crime, and at the top of her list is Denver-based FBI agent and true-crime writer Elliot Bailey, her brother's one-time best friend. Their paths rarely cross, but when Elliot comes home to heal from a gunshot wound and finish a novel, he rents the cottage next to Megan's at her inn—and the romantic fire ignites. Still, Elliot needs results, too, and taking a look at the old case files uncovers an overlooked lead that just might provide answers.
VERDICT An ice-cold case adds a dash of mystery and drives the plot of this family-rich reunion story that looks at some serious emotions and brings our protagonists together to the surprise of no one but themselves. A thoroughly charming seasonal read. Thayne (Sugar Pine Trail) lives in Northern Utah.

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