Whitney Monroe leaves her struggling restaurants in Michigan to take care of her mother’s house and reluctantly attend to her step-father in the process. It is the disappearance of her step-father, a widower, that has her on her way to North Carolina. Whitney meets two possible love interests in the Outer Banks and needs to sort out her life and plans. Her restaurant mess in Michigan is handled by her partner and cousin, so she can travel to the Outer Banks and clean up literal and figurative messes. Having read the rest of the books in this series, even the novellas, I LOVED how this one tied so many pieces together. I found Whitney to be a believable, modern-day career woman character. And, the curmudgeonly step-dad, Clyde, was a story in himself.
Wingate brings in history, family ties, and elder care issues with a tender touch. Great story.