From bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn—a poignant novel about a woman who must care for her ill and elderly father, hoping to mend both his health and their relationship. Erin’s new business as a wedding planner is running at full speed and her empty nest years are full of promise when she receives a call that puts everything on hold: her estranged father has had a stroke. The twinkle is fading from Jack O’Riley’s Irish eyes and his calloused second wife leaves, making it clear this is not what she signed up for. Suddenly Erin’s visit to her father’s cottage by the sea is extended indefinitely. At first the task before her is as daunting as the wild Oregon coast that has become her unwanted second home. Yet in the many hours she spends beside her ailing father, Erin finds a treasure hidden in the darkness. She reaches out and, at long last, receives the gift of healing.
This book was sent to me from Libby Reed at Howard Books for a honest and fair review. Thank you Libby! What a great journey Erin goes on, just as she is launching her business The Happiest Day she gets a phone call from her stepmother tellins her Jack O’Reilly her father has had a stroke. Erin puts everything on hold to go to him, finding out he’s ok, or so she thinks she returns home after a few days. Not long afterwards Erin has to return to the Cottage by the Sea to her father’s side as he is getting worse. Jack and Erin spent their time reconnecting and sharing memories of Faith Erin’s mother as she had died earlier in life. They really connect and Erin is able to get Tony her brother to reconnect with his estranged father. What a great story about not taking things for granted or missing out on the time one has left.