St. Martin's, Aug 2003, 6.99, 352 pp.
Following the funeral of their oppressive father, siblings Laura and Snack Shore return home to Cape Cod for the first time in years unlike their sister Corinne who still lives at home. Corinne persuades her two reluctant siblings to stay for one month to try to turn around Shore Gardens, the family nursery that has been a failure for years because she feels the business can be saved if family was around to do so.
Laura's school classmate Kendall Barclay runs the bank. When he and Laura were children, he took a pounding to rescue her from an assault. He always liked Laura and she him, but nothing major came of it except some heartache. However, when a corpse is found on the property, police investigate. But so does the three Shores. Only Ken keeps Laura safe, as he wants her more than ever and vows no one will harm her, but she still avoids committing beyond a tenuous friendship.
Fans will enjoy spending A MONTH ON THE SHORE as this summer romance contains several enjoyable characters. The Shore siblings are distinct individuals that make it easy to follow them while Ken is a wannabe knight in shining armor when it comes to Laura. The murder mystery takes a back seat to the romance except when Laura (and in some ways more so Corinne) is a damsel in distress. Antoinette Stockenberg provides a strong tale of a family in trouble.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner