Laura is struggling to find herself after graduating high school. Now in college, she’s trying to be the person she was never allowed to be but unfortunately her nemesis, Peter, has made it his mission to continue his harassment in the adult world. After meeting a newcomer to Cape Falls, Dean Riley, Laura finds herself drawn to him as a man and a mentor. As their relationship blossoms it brings forth all kinds of changes. Can a budding romance between two people separated by decades survive?
I felt for both Laura and Dean. Laura for her parents refusal to let her grow up (but she wasn’t moving out either) and Dean’s adamant adhesion to his promise to his dead wife to never love another. As they stumble along and find love in one another, Laura has the added stress of Dean’s ambivalence and Peter’s confusing pursuit. When things explode between Dean and Laura, Peter is her surprising ally and shoulder to lean on. I was disappointed in Dean as a character in the actual book after reading the blurb and basing my decision to read on that. I expected more from him. The aftermath and it’s affect on Laura was sad but did it’s job of illustrating the depth of her feelings to both Dean and Peter. A little reminiscent of my closet romances in the 80s this was a quick read that had it’s moments.
Welcome to Cape Falls, a town with old-fashioned values.
Laura Cox is twenty years old and in love with a man older than her.
Dean Riley has a broken past. He moved to Cape Falls to try and get over the death of his wife and child. He never expected to get involved with a woman. Especially, a younger woman.
Laura and Dean embark on a passionate affair. Neither was prepared for the consuming fire blazing between them. However, an outsider is about to break their budding relationship apart.
Can Dean overcome the death of his wife and learn to accept Laura as she is? What will happen to Laura when the gossip surrounding her becomes too hard to bear? Nothing is certain in the town of Cape Falls.