Heather has always been the reliable sister, but a recent divorce has made everything feel uncertain. When a second chance with an old flame comes along, she must decide if a summer love can last a lifetime.
Thanks to the beauty of the island and the memories they share, the sisters come together, search their hearts, and discover what the future holds for each of them at summer’s end.
The Morgan sisters spent many blissful summers at their family's lake house growing up, but as they grew older, their lives took very different paths.
She turned, her shock only compounded by the person she saw standing beside her. “Billy?”
He shook his head, looking at her in wonder. “Well, I’ll be. Heather Taylor. There’s a face I never thought I’d see today.”
She couldn’t agree with that statement more, yet here he was. Billy Davidson, longtime island friend, another one of the summer people who came and went with the change of the season, even if her heart still thought of him long into winter.
“You here on your own?” he asked when she pulled back, looking up into his hazel eyes that seemed to always grow greener as his skin tanned.
“I’m here with my sisters,” she said. She hesitated, seeing the question in his eyes. He’d known she’d gotten married, of course. Their mothers had been friends and kept in touch. But now Heather’s mother wasn’t here anymore, so Billy probably hadn’t heard the latest update. And of course, Heather had ensured that her mother never knew. “I’m not sure if you’ve heard that Kim is getting married next month?” Surely, his parents had been invited to the wedding, at least. “It’s just a girls’ trip this time. Like the old days.”
He gave her a sad smile. “I was so sorry to hear about your mother. I still feel bad that I couldn’t make the service. My parents said it was beautiful.”
Heather pulled in a shaky breath and willed herself not to cry. The backs of her eyes prickled nonetheless, and she darted a glance over to the island, fixating on her happy place. Telling herself that for now, for these two weeks, all her problems would be set aside.
When she looked back up at Billy, he was still grinning at her in that friendly but devilish way that had made her and probably half the other women he ever encountered fall in love with him on the spot. And that’s what she’d done when she was too young to even know what it was called back then. As a little girl, she’d only known that Billy was fun, but when she’d grown older, she started to notice that he was pretty cute too, and as the years past she’d dared to think that one day…
Well, there were lots of dreams back then.
About the Author
Olivia Miles is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming women’s fiction and small-town contemporary romance. She has frequently been ranked as an Amazon Top 100 author, and her books have appeared on several bestseller lists, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookScan, and USA Today. Treasured by readers across the globe, Olivia’s novels have been translated into German, French, and Hungarian, with editions in Australia and the United Kingdom. After growing up in New England and later living in Montreal, Olivia traded salt water for fresh water, and is most happy reading on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, or spending time with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs.
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