In A Home By The Sea by Christina Skye, Grace Lindstrom, a food historian, isn’t looking for love. She lost her fiance in a plane crash and afterwards found out that he cheated on her numerous times, even fathering a child. Leaving a party one night during a horrible snow storm, Grace hears some abandoned kittens crying in an alley. Unable to just walk away, Grace and handsome stranger Noah McKay rescue the momma and babies. Noah works as a bomb technician for a top secret government group. His job doesn’t leave him time for a relationship, especially when he is on call virtually all the time, but there’s something about Grace that he can’t just walk away from. When Grace moves back to Oregon to care for a sick relative, will their fledgling relationship survive the distance?
One of the things I most enjoyed about this book was the slow build up between Grace and Noah. Nothing beats a good anticipated love scene and Skye certainly delivers in this book. Skye hints that Noah had been a bit of a player prior to Grace but he is nothing but a gentleman towards her, even courting her from across the country.
The other part of this book that I loved is that Grace is a knitter. She actually takes Noah to a yarn shop at one point. When Noah mentions his mom used to knit, Grace helps him pick out some yarn as a gift. There is a whole wonderful discussion about how knitting is therapeutic. Noah is also a smart guy because while in the yarn shop he pays attention to what yarn Grace is in love with and mails it to her when she moves to Oregon (if a guy sends a knitter cashmere yarn, he’s definitely a keeper!).
This was a enjoyable contemporary romance. The characters were all well developed, including the secondary ones. The relationship between Grace and Noah was very sweet. I am hoping I get to read more about this couple as the series continues.
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About the Book:
Title: A Home By The Sea
Author: Christina Skye
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Grace Lindstrom has followed her fiancé across three continents, starry-eyed and full of dreams. But when he dies in a plane crash, Grace discovers that their life together was the cruelest kind of lie—and swears to never lose herself to that kind of love again. Until one night, when a chance encounter leads her to the kind of man she’s always dreamed of—and the deep family ties she’s never known.
Noah McKay knows he can’t offer Grace any kind of future—not when he spends every day putting his life on the line. But when Grace’s grandfather suddenly falls ill and she’s called home to the small island town where she grew up, he realizes he can’t live without her. Aided by good knitting, good chocolate and deep friendship, Grace is slowly learning to trust again—but can she learn to love a man whose secrets run so deep?