Five stars for Terri Osburn's Anchor Island novels. Osburn's debut novel and first book in the Anchor Island series, Meant to Be, is a fabulous introduction to the island and it's community. I love that when we meet Elizabeth "Beth" Chandler that she's expressing the very human emotion of fear - fear in this case of water as she takes a ferry from the mainland (Virginia) to Anchor Island. A lawyer, who relegates herself to research to not deal with courtroom battles, Beth is a wonderfully drawn character. Upright, repressed, yet you know that there is a wild child living inside her.
As she grips the steering wheel of her car in terror a dog and a man invade her space - and possibly more - as they distract her from her journey to meet her future in laws. Her fiancé, Lucas, is a fellow lawyer at the firm on the fast-track to partnership and it's quickly apparent that his goals may be more important than Beth - but also apparent that they truly care about one another.
What transpires when that man and dog turn out to be her future brother-in-law and favored pet? How does Beth adjust to island life from the busy pace of Richmond? Can Joe not only help Beth overcome her fear of water, but also find something more with her?
This was a very sweet book that combined a certain innocence of heart with some hot romantic scenes. I loved the Dempsey family, their restaurant, the wise-cracking Sid (Joe's assistant), and coffee goddess Will. However storekeeper and confidant Lola stole my heart.
While I could guess what might happen, Osburn has enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat and quickly flipping the e-pages in your reader. Meant to Be is a fabulously fun romp, combining great writing, a fabulous setting, and heart-tugging characters. Loved it.
So to recap, five stars for Terri Osburn's Anchor Island series. It's going on my must-read shelf of Island romances along with Marie Force's McCarthy's of Gansett Island. I loved it and look forward to more from this talented author.
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