A young mayor will do anything to save her town, even if it means welcoming back the man she blames for almost destroying it in REDEMPTION BAY (HQN Books, July 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the second book in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s enthralling Haven Point series.
Synopsis: McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.
Ben was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s boat factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles.
But now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. Her natural instinct, fueled by all these years of resentment, is to fight him at every turn. For Haven Point’s sake, however, McKenzie must grit her teeth and be as welcoming as she can manage—a task further complicated by her fierce attraction to Ben and her discovery that he is renting the lake house next door to hers.
For Ben, being back in Haven Point evokes all the dark and ugly memories of his childhood. What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer him? Yet seeing Haven Point through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.
My take: RaeAnne Thayne has quickly gone to the top of my auto-read authors list. She writes about small towns and the people who live there with such a clear, true voice that I find her books immensely enjoyable.
Redemption Bay is the story of Ben and Mackenzie. They knew each other when they were younger but now they’re in their 30s and have followed different paths. Ben is an executive in a tech company who is back in town to scout sites for a possible division of the company. Mackenzie is the mayor of Haven Point and knows what the location of the company could mean for her town. She has to get over her possible misconceptions of the type of man Ben has become and try to convince him that Haven Point is the perfect place for his company. Ben needs to come to terms with his painful past and be open to hearing explanations from people who matter.
I thought Thayne did a good job of developing the relationship between Ben and Mackenzie. She also brought unexpected drama to the story near the end that kept me turning the pages. I recommend this addition to the Haven Point series and can’t wait to read the next book. Fans of RaeAnne Thayne and the Haven Point series won’t be disappointed.
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“[Thayne] engages the reader’s heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief that miracles are possible.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
“Thayne’s beautiful, honest storytelling goes straight to the heart.” —RT Book Reviews
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.
Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.
RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at raeannethayne.com.
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