Hope Cove: Book One
Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver's sister has died, he's beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he's not sure how they might fit.
His life is shaken up further as he falls in love with the irresistible town of Hope Cove, and with Mack, its equally irresistible sheriff. But when he receives devastating news about his sister's cause of death, Oliver doesn't know whether to stay and fight for love and a good life, or cut his losses and run.
©2013 Cate Ashwood (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I love the romance between Oliver and Mack. It is really sweet and lovely. I also really enjoyed Hayden and what he brought to the story. Can't wait for his story.
I love the small town aspect of this story and the baking. The relationship lost with Oliver sister was also interesting in understanding Oliver and his reactions. The least interesting was GFY aspect of Mack.
He did a wonderful job. I had read this book before purchasing it on Audible. But when I listened to his sample, I had to have this. He really brought these characters to life. I really hope he does the sequels as well.
When Mack finds Oliver in the hospital and realizes how much he means to him.
I love law man romances with the small town aspect. Hope Cove is almost its own character in this story. It's a little unrealistic, but hey that is what I look for in fiction. Totally worth a credit.
It does not rank at the top, but it definitely falls close. It was not the most engrossing story line, but it had enough plot line to keep you interested. It moved along nicely, with good build up to the end. Nice HEA, loved it.
It reminds me a little of the Home series by Cardeno C, it just had that same sweetness to it.
No, He is not amazing but he carried the story without too much difficulty. He had a way of pacing himself, that after a while became a little rhythmical, not always following the peak and fall of what was going on in the story.
For me it has to be Hayden, he was a hoot and I also liked the little boy, very entertaining.
I'm an avid audio listener but I did read this series before it was released and the stories were that good I bought the audio as well and both did not disappoint ..
Too many to choose one
Mack at the airport crackup!!
Hayden so glad he got his own book in the series
Worth credits or dollars light hearted stories with real life tragedies !!
This book wasn't very angsty or dramatic, I would say it was mundane. the Narrator certainly didn't add nor detract from it. It was just okay.
Oliver Parrish was making ends meet as a sous chef when Sheriff Owen Macklin aka Mack came to Seattle to tell him the sister he didn't know he even had was dead. Oliver was alone and knew nothing about his parents, so Mack was filling in the past for him. His sister who had been looking for him left him her bakery in Hope Cove, Maine. Overwhelmed about the news, Oliver decided to travel to Hope Cove to see if he would find some connection with the family he hadn't grown up with.
During this period of discovery, Oliver began falling in love with the town and the town's mayor but when he found out the real cause of his sister's death, Oliver decided to stop living in this fantasy and return to his life in Seattle. But Hope Cove and his sister's legacy was hard to leave behind, especially Sheriff Mack. Which place held his future, Seattle or Hope Cove and was he willing to fight for it?
I was a little disappointed because I was expecting something a little more angsty like Keeping Sweets. The story was just as sweet as Keeping Sweets and i love the writing. I may bump it up to a 4-star. I just needed more of an emotional pull and less of a predictable story
I'm not sure if the writing is juvenile or the narrator makes it that way, but it just seemed to be a book written for a "young adult" audience. The timeline seems rushed, and Oliver's character is supposedly deliberate (has one dream, and cannot see a different version of that dream when it's presented to him), he never leaps before he looks but then he seems to change in midstream. Also it includes my personal pet peeve, of the het romance trope "they are separated by fate/misunderstanding/etc. before getting back together for their hea"
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