Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: A Shore Thing - 2nd in the Otter Bay series
Author: Julie Carobini
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Otter Bay
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Julie's Website/Blog: www.juliecarobini.com
I’ve been a longtime fan of the Otter Bay novels, so I was extremely excited to see this new one show up in the mailbox. Otter Bay, for anyone who doesn’t already know, is a beautiful seaside village that has the most amazing views in the whole world. People who live there are basically living in Heaven; and the animals, as well as the environment, is highly protected in this beautiful community.
Unfortunately, in this new novel, the outside world is once again trying to end the beauty that only Otter Bay has to offer. Our main character, Callie Duflay, isn’t about to let this happen. Her whole life has been dedicated to causes; she not only sends money to poor, unfortunate children, but when there is something "wrong" in the world, Callie wants to solve the crisis. Soon it comes to her attention that an older couple who own a huge amount of property that borders the beautiful Otter Bay shore, may be selling their house to a large contractor who is going to come in and destroy it with condominiums. Callie is beside herself with anger. The local "women" call a meeting and nominate Callie to lead their campaign to get out the builders as soon as possible, before their quiet, serene world is thrown into upheaval.
Gage Mitchell has recently moved to Otter Bay. This is a young, brilliant architect who is currently supporting his sister and his nephew because his sister’s husband was a real jerk and ended up in prison. Gage needs this new job he’s acquired in order to provide for his family. He’s been recruited by a large company to design condominiums and shops for the Otter Bay area, and that’s exactly what he’s going to do. The only problem is that the woman fighting him, Callie, is literally the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, and he’s completely in love with her stray pup named Moondoggy.
Both of their "responsibilities" are very noble – his, being the support of the people he loves most in the world; hers, being to save the world she truly loves. Add in the fact that Gage’s sister is an artist who Callie hires to decorate her home, and finds out that she’s one of the sweetest, most talented young women she’s ever met, and Callie finds herself being pulled in almost every direction. Also put into the mix a realtor who is as slimy as they come, working with a rich magnate who only sees dollar signs, and the storylines keep the reader’s interest until the very end.
Again, for anyone who has not yet read an Otter Bay novel, now is the time to begin. And for those fans, such as myself, you will all be extremely happy to know that the people of Otter Bay are back on the library bookshelves with yet another story filled with warmth, friendship, romance, and compassion. God knows, we need more of that. I say to the author…get to work on the next one.
Until next time, Amy
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