Atria, Aug 2003, 25.00, 352 pp.
As a child, Kiley Harris enjoyed Hawke's Cove because her two best friends, Mack Mackenzie and Grainger Eden, were there. The trio were the three musketeers until Mack and Kiley begin going steady. When Mack and Kiley make love for the first time, she realizes she wants Grainger. They make love that same night and explain to Mack their feelings. Distraught he goes sailing in a storm and dies. Kiley and Grainger feel guilt and her pregnancy adds to the end of what they once had.
Nineteen years later, Kiley has never returned since that fatal night, but her aging father pressures her to go back to sell the house and boat not in use. She refuses until her son Will gets busted for possession. As much as she dreads going to Hawke's Cove, she feels this will be good for her son before he leaves for Cornell in the fall.
Kiley and Grainger remain leery of one another because of the guilt and specter of Will, but also still love each other. Will needs to know which one is his biological father and pursues that while trying to bring together his mom and the man who may be his dad.
This engaging contemporary romance focuses on how the past is difficult to forget even when loved ones are involved in the present encouraging you to do so as Kiley and Grainger still blame themselves for Mack's death. Though the action is limited and the flashbacks to more merrier times takes an adjustment, readers who appreciate a strong character study will want to visit SUMMER HARBOR, a fine New England second chance tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner