In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances…
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.
Nick Fortune lives life in the spotlight as a champion race car driver. He’s shocked to hear from Hope and even more surprised to learn that he’s a father. He immediately heads to the Pacific Northwest to confront the past—and the woman he once loved.
There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.
The pink clouds on the cover of Boardwalk Summer are a bit deceiving. This book from Kimberly Fisk is certainly not only a romance-only. We meet Hope Thomson, a single mum, juggling between going to the hospital to her son Joshua, trying to console his twin sister Susan and keeping two jobs to pay for all the bills.
Joshua has been diagnosed with cancer. After the first successful treatments, the cancer reappeared and this time, there is no other option than to find a donor for him. Kimberly has done an excellent job in describing the mixed emotions for Hope. You can feel her despair, when neither she nor Susan are a compatible donor. As a mother myself, I had a hard time keeping the tears at bay. Because no one wants to think of the possibility of your child dying from cancer. And yet, Hope has to face this reality and when she breaks down in front of Nick your heart literally almost breaks as well.
Nick Fortune, the father of Joshua and Susan is surprised, when his former sweetheart Hope leaves him a message to contact him urgently. He could never have guessed that he would be hearing the fact that he is a father for almost sixteen years. Wounded by Hope’s betrayal by denying him his children for all those years, and shocked to hear his son may be dying, he soon learns that his way to the top in racing will come at a prize. Is he willing to pay that prize?
A wonderful read. Heartbreaking, romantic and above all a mother’s love to safe her children. Five out of five stars for Boardwalk Summer. And thank you FirstToRead and Berkley Books for this ARC.
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published: June 2017
My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥