by Sophie Moss
Series: Wind Chime, #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents' property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him "get his head straight." The last thing Will expects is to fall in love...with his hometown and with Annie. But Will's life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie's love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
Wind Chime Café is the first in the Wind Chime series by Sophie Moss. From the setting to the characters I slid right into this feel-good tale. Moss delivered an engaging tale with few twists and characters that wrapped around my heart. Mini-review: Small-town charm, sweet romance with a Navy Seal hero and a little girl who will steal your heart.
Annie Malone is a single mom who purchases a charming Main Street Café on Heron Island, a sleepy little town on Chesapeake Bay Island. Her plan is to help her daughter mend and open an upscale bistro. Her plans revolve around the rumors that an upscale five-star resort will soon be built in the area. Navy Seal Will Dozier is back in town to settle the estate of his grandparents, but when he discovers a resort company has bid on his land he refused to sell to them. So he begins to make repairs and dreams of finding the right purchasers. When Will and Annie meet you could immediately feel the chemistry between them. He thinks he is looking for a fling to straighten out his head…but the magic of the island has other ideas.
I love small-town romances and getting to know the townsfolk. Not only did Moss give us a yummy, troubled Navy Seal for a hero but she also introduced lovable secondary characters that stole my heart. Annie is a woman you cannot help but admire, from her humble begins to here fierce love of her daughter. Taylor will completely steal your heart from the very first pages. I laughed and cried for her. Will is strong, noble, and dealing with some serious issues and just like a Navy Seal he isn’t sharing or crying about it. I loved how Moss peeled back his layers sharing the man and his childhood on Heron Island. We meet members of this small community and they added depth, humor, friendship, and charm. I am looking forward to their stories. Will’s Aunt is a hoot and someone I’d like to have in my corner.
Wind Chime Café is more than just romance, and I love how Moss wrapped in such topics as the environment, school violence, PTSD, wounded war-heroes and more. I easily slipped into the story and found myself immediately drawn to the café and town. The romance developed quickly, but Moss made me believe as she slowly added depth. I so wanted Will and Annie to find their happy. Moss weaved in some twists, like an old ex-boyfriend that kept me completely engaged. The tale reminded me of some other beloved series; the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr and the Sullivan’s by Bella Andre. The tale wrapped up nicely, but not before Moss had me shedding a few tears. It appears that each of these books will work as a standalone and feature a character from the small-town. I for one cannot wait to return.
Fans of small-town contemporary romances and realistic characters will adore the Wind Chime Café. Sophie Moss delivered an engaging tale and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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