The cover story:
Come for a visit to Walker Island where you'll find stunning Pacific Northwest ocean views, men too intriguing to resist...and five close-knit sisters who are each about to find their one true love.
After four years on the Seattle mainland, when Hanna Walker returns to Walker Island to make a documentary about the infamous Peterson-Walker feud from the early 1950s, she's shocked to realize that passions still run high. Especially when it comes to Joel Peterson, the one man who is totally off-limits...but that she's never been able to stop dreaming about.
The last thing Joel wants is for Hanna to dredge up the past, but when he realizes she's determined to follow through with her documentary no matter what, he knows he has no choice but to join her. But despite vowing to hold back his growing feelings for her, as Joel works with Hanna to unravel the mystery of what really happened between their two families, he soon begins to see that love is an unstoppable force...and that sometimes two people are meant to be.
After living four years in Seattle, Hanna Walker returns
to her home, Walker Island, to film a documentary, a piece on the 1950’s
Peterson-Walker feud and the truth behind Poppy’s suicide that would guarantee
her a spot in the graduate program. But Joel Peterson, the only remaining
Peterson on the island, isn’t keen on Hanna dredging up the past and vows to
preserve his family’s dignity. After all, it’s his duty, same as operating his
family’s shipping company, and just as uncomfortable and tight as the tie
clamped around his neck.
While Joel and Hanna slide easily into romance, other
islanders and family members continue to add fuel to the decades-old feud.
Shame,” she muttered as the two of them went past.
"What’s that?” Hanna asked, not understanding.
The look the woman gave her was actually a little frightening in its
intensity. “I wasn’t talking to you, girl.” She turned her narrowed gaze to
Joel. “Don’t you have any shame, walking around with a Walker? What would your
father think? What would your grandfather think?”
In my fictional visit to Walker Island, I could almost feel
the wind whipping my hair, the sand tickling my toes and the salt kissing my
cheeks. I felt like I got to know the rest of the Walker clan, the four sisters
who make up the other books in the series, and grandmother, Ava. The setting
was a major part of this book, just as valuable as the characters.
While I haven’t read any Bella Andre books, I enjoyed
this “sweet” romance by Lucy Kevin. It was a departure from my normal inspy
books, but when I read the blurb, I decided to take a chance and I’m glad I
did. Be My Love was all about family
and how they take care of and protect each other from life’s hurts. It’s about
events from our pasts and how they aren’t always as they seem, and a strong
love that overcomes bitterness and hurts that have festered for decades.
I appreciate that this book didn't contain any steamy love scenes, but I would’ve preferred a dash of sizzle to go along with the sweet
on this side of the bedroom door. Overall, I enjoyed Be My Love
enough that I plan to read the rest of the series.
Disclaimer: I received this book free on Amazon. This review is my opinion, and I didn't receive any compensation.
Labels: Be My Love, Bella Andre writing as Lucy Kevin, Book Review, contemporary romance, Excited about Reading