Heartbreak Cove is an isolated place on an isolated island. It is a place where horses go to die.
It has been a while since I read a contemporary romance. Some of them are pure chick lit, some are raunchy, and some are too similar to our life since we live in similar situations. So you have to be in a certain mood to enjoy them. Thankfully, Heartbreak Cove provided the escape I needed.
I couldn’t be happier that the book is set on a remote island off Virginia. The Virginia East Shore with Chincoteague, Assateague and similar small villages and coves is one of my favorite places. Imagine an island that can only be reached by ferry. A ferry that runs only twice a day. It will certainly have a close community and very little ties to the mainland.
Sam Brennan has had a rough time in life. And he rescues horses! He smuggles in a thoroughbred on to Sanctuary Island – did I mention that’s the name of the place? – and vows to nurse the injured horse away from prying eyes. Sheriff Andrea Shepard has made law and order her life. She has lived on the island for three years and hopes that the islanders think of her as one of their own. But she manages to rub her biggest benefactor the wrong way. So it is election time and her job is in jeopardy with an opposing candidate who happens to be the local golden boy come home.
Add to all this chaos, Andie hears from her estranged brother and discovers she has a niece no one knew about. Little girl Caitlin is 8, and not very communicative. Andie is working hard to get close to the child.
Since this is a romance, there is no spoiler in telling you that sparks fly between the sheriff and the deviant and they are soon seeing each other. But both have their doubts.
Heartbreak Cove is an easy read and also a light read. I expected high emotion and some waterworks but that didn’t happen. You can breeze through this one when you want to read a good story with some romance thrown in.