THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH by RaeAnne Thayne

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Haven Point, Book 8

I have seen Thayne books in the library and on romance award lists, but I’ve never read one until now. Yes, I’m starting a series with book 8. Thayne is skillful enough that I didn’t even notice.

Megan Hamilton runs an inn and lives in one of the cottages on site. Much to her chagrin, Elliot Bailey went online and rented the cabin next door to her for several weeks. There is no love lost between these two. Megan had dated his younger brother, but he was killed in an accident. Elliot was never very warm to anyone really, his nickname was Mr. Roboto.

Megan’s brother has been living under a cloud of suspicion for seven years since his wife vanished. Elliot is one of this small town’s people who believes he probably killed her, but he’s an FBI agent so he needs proof. He’s staying at the inn to finish work on his true crime book, heal up from a gunshot wound and wait out a suspension from the FBI, not even his family knows about that.

Turns out Elliot has always had a crush on Megan and she slowly thaws towards him as he is so kind and helpful. She has a lot going on in her life, not the least of which is helping her brother take care of his kids, but as long as Elliot doesn’t butt in she can handle it. And then he does.

Elliot asks his brother, the sheriff, for the file on the missing wife. Their father was sheriff when she disappeared, but he was never able to solve the case. Going through the file, Elliot finds evidence of a botched investigation and is determined to move it along. Megan isn’t very happy about that until Elliot points out that he may be able to clear her brother.

Lots of obstacles are in the way of this romance, but eventually they get there and Elliot solves the mystery of the missing wife as well. This was a sweet romance with a bit of a mystery, and should appeal to Debbie Macomber fans.

8/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH by RaeAnne Thayne. HQN; Original edition (June 19, 2018). ISBN978-1335007018. 384p.

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