Title: Holiday in the Hamptons
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan with Love, Book 5
Paperback: 266 pages
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him–too gorgeous, and still too good for her–and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.
Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss–if she’s run away to the Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
When I requested this on Goodreads, I was hoping it was going to be a cute romance, and that’s exactly what I got! I’m glad I didn’t see that it was part of a series, though. I usually don’t request sequels, but this series has books that can pretty much stand by themselves, so it was a happy accident that I didn’t see it.
This book follows the story of Felicity “Fliss” whose grandmother takes a nasty fall, so she has to go to the Hamptons to take care of her. When her ex-husband Seth shows up in the Hamptons, Fliss takes on her twin’s identity in order to avoid talking to him as herself and try to distance herself from him. Seth, however, is determined to win Fliss back and figure out just why they fell apart all those years ago.
Twins, a cute ex-husband, a romance that ended in disaster but still didn’t quite go away — this book has a lot of drama packed into it. And yet, it still feels like a fun, fluffy read. The characters are incredibly love-able that I just felt connected to them right away and couldn’t stop reading, because I needed to see what would happen next and how they would deal with the next life challenge that came their way. The romance aspect is done slowly, it’s not hot and heavy right away, but slowly develops as the two characters learn more about each other and start talking about the reasons for their breakup ten years ago, and what led up to it. There are quite a few revelations and surprises for the characters (and therefore the readers), which offers a nice lesson on communication and assumption when in a relationship.
While a lot of this is beach fun, Morgan tackles really important, emotional issues in this book. I think this book and Fliss’s character model each other; she loves having fun and running around on the beach, but she has a lot of deeper goals and a painful history. In the same way, this book seems on the surface like a light, fluffy romance read, but actually contains real struggle that would challenge any relationship. That’s really what bumped this book up to four stars for me — it’s cute and fun, but also deals with serious stuff. It’s really just the perfect read.
Aside from the romance stuff, Fliss has a twin sister, and reading about their interactions and relationship is also thoroughly enjoyable. Overall, this book is about love, family, and friends, and how those bonds are made and sometimes broken. This was such a satisfying read that I’m considering branching out to read other books in the series! Recommended for romance and contemporary fans!