Sofia Buck escaped Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, ten years ago with no intention of returning, but her father’s untimely death forces her to come back for the summer to deal with Buck’s Landing, the family business he left behind. Sofia has one goal, to keep the business running until it’s sold. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love.
Silas Wilde walked away from an unsatisfying legal career in Manhattan. Relying on instinct and serendipity, he finds himself running a seaside market and gift shop on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. He’s content in his new life and livelihood, until a chance encounter with his new next-door neighbor awakens him to the one thing he’s missing. Her.
Threatened by Sofia and Silas’s very different dreams, can their love survive the summer’s end?
Buck’s Landing is Cameron D. Garriepy’s debut romance, and the first in the New England Seacoast Romance series.
Buck’s Landing is one of those classic romances with the guy meeting the girl, attraction blossoming, and then personal issues threatening to pull them apart. Sofia Buck returns to her childhood home to deal with family matters after her father unexpectedly dies. Due to her personal relationship and issues with her father she has no intention to remain in Hampton’s Beach longer than the summer. Her goal is to sell off the family business and move into a new chapter of her life, one that includes a potential job promotion located in the Greek Isles.
Sofia keeps herself closed off from most people she knows. She refuses to allow herself to be open to a committed relationship due to the heartbreak she saw when her mother died and her father spiraled into alcoholism. She is a self-sufficient, career oriented woman who intends to stay that way.
When Sofia meets Silas she resists his flirtations. She has no interest in a relationship. But their attraction proves to be too strong and she succumbs to a “summer romance”. No long term intentions, just some fun.
Silas was in the same position as Sofia: career oriented, no need for a long term relationship. But he becomes burned out and ends up at Hampton’s Beach. On impulse he purchases a gift shop and market and begins his new life. As he pursues Sofia he doesn’t fully understand she doesn’t intend to stay. For him, Hampton’s Beach has given him happiness and fulfillment for the first time in his life. He tries to make Sofia see that while her father made some mistakes, he was trying to rectify them and recognized how much he’d damaged his relationship with his daughter. At first Sofia refuses to accept this revelation but eventually considers perhaps her father had changed.
I enjoyed the pacing of this story and crisp writing. Cam has the ability to paint a picture with her descriptions and to craft characters that are realistic. I also liked that she limited the sex scenes to being “implied” not graphic. Sometimes you want to leave things to the imagination. I was bothered by how quickly Sofia first “confides” in Silas about her personal issues with her father. It felt a little quick for their relationship plus she still considered Silas a brief summer fling.
If you enjoy romance with likeable characters, this story ticks all the boxes.
4 out of 5 stars.
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