Samantha Fremont may still be grappling with her mother’s death, but this summer she’s determined to build a new life for herself. Starting with making her friend’s dream wedding dress and establishing herself as a boutique fashion designer in the process. What she does not need is a surprise litter of puppies, the voice in the back of her mind saying she can’t do any of this—or her friend’s gorgeous brother who’s visiting from England for the wedding.
Ian Somerhill knows a sabbatical in Haven Point is exactly what his children need to recover from their own mother’s death. And even if he and Sam got off on the wrong foot, she has a way with Miranda and Thomas. As Sam—and her adorable puppies—bond with his children, they fall into a friendship unlike any he’s had in a long time. But Ian has obligations in England her can’t ignore—and a complicated past that might just stop this summer romance from ever blooming into something more.
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Summer at Lake Haven by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summer at Lake Haven by RaeAnne Thayne is a 2020 HQN publication.
A pleasant summertime romance
Samantha lived under her mother’s thumb her entire life, enduring her criticisms and negativity without fully realizing the impact it was having on her. With her mother’s passing, Samantha is naturally grieving, but she’s also ready to hit the reset button and start living her life with a fresh outlook.
While Samantha has dreams of becoming a fashion designer, for now, she’s content to run her shop and design a dream wedding dress for her best friend, Gemma. She also has her hands full taking care of newborn puppies. Despite her penchant for falling in love easily and often, Samantha is too busy to even think about romance- which she concedes is the last thing she needs in her life anyway.
Ian Somerhill arrives in Haven Point to attend his sister’s wedding and to enjoy a bit of down time with his two children before he must return to England and step into a role of duty that will take over his life.
Ian moves into the cottage right next door to his sister’s best friend for the summer. Initially, Ian rubs Samantha the wrong way, but she is taken with his kids immediately. Despite the friction between them, Samantha and Ian grow closer as the wedding date approaches.
Unfortunately, no matter how much they might want to explore the possibilities, Ian’s life is complicated, and his obligations are non-negotiable….
I love RaeAnne Thayne and have enjoyed several books in Lake Haven series. Sadly, this is the last chapter in the series. While this is not the strongest offering of the series, it was a nice, sweet romance perfect for light summertime reading.
Cute kids, adorable puppies, fashion designs, good friends, and a lovely happily ever after is hard to beat.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
#1 Publishers Weekly, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including seven RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com