13 years, 1 month, 4 days...Reese counted the days since he'd last seen Celia. He'd sailed around the world & still couldn't erase the memory of making love to her in the summer sun, planning their future. Read to find out why he left and what happens next. Good read.
Twenty-one year old Reese is accused of getting a debutante pregnant and is ordered by his father to marry her. Reese's father won't believe he isn't the father of this baby, he hadn't even slept with the girl, besides he is in love with Celia, the daughter of a fisherman. He decides to leave home and take Celia with him, but she is only 17. He decides to send her a letter asking her to wait for him when she turns 18 and he sets off to sail around the world. Reese never hears from Celia and thinks he has been dumped. He goes off to make his way in th world and returns 13 years later when he hears Celia is now a widow. Celia's son and husband were killed by drug smugglers a few years ago and she doesn't want another child for fear of losing it. When Reese returns and the truth of all those years ago is revealed, they fall in love all over again and Reese wants to marry her. The trouble is Reese has an adopted daughter and Celia won't allow herself to be a mother again. Can they make it past the hurt and can Reese forgive his family and move on? This is a sweet love story, but is a little to complicated to be as short as it is.
I had not read any of the previous books in this series, but this one caused no confusion even though it is number 10 in the series. It's an easy read, mainly a romance but with a mystery adeptly woven in. A lot of action is built into the relatively brief text, especially given that it is primarily a romance and so must allow room for emotional development as love grows between the main characters. This is basically an "old flame" story, and it's easy to root for the couple to reunite. The dramatic ending might rely a little too much on circumstance, but it is a satisfying conclusion for multiple characters in the story -- not just the couple.