Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne (Book #2 in the Haven Point Series)
HQN Books; June 30, 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Hello Friends! A few months ago I read my first Raeanne Thayne novel, Snow Angel Cove which has become a book that I haven’t been able to get off my mind after having finished. Despite the books I have read since it, I have been anxious to return to the town of Haven Point and continue getting to better know the cast of characters Raeanne Thayne has created. Snow Angel Cove truly tugged at my heart strings and had my emotions all over the place–I literally cried the last 30 or so pages of the book. It took me a bit, but I am glad I finally picked up book two!
McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now he’s back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.
What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.
First things first I will say Redemption Bay didn’t emotionally affect me like Snow Angel Cove did but I still really loved this book.
It follows McKenzie Shaw who is the Mayor of Haven Point. McKenzie came to Haven Point as a kid after her birth mother passed away and she was sent to live with her Father who had to break the news to his wife that his love child was coming to now live with them. It is very obvious why this would cause some strain on the household but for the most part McKenzie had a good life. Her sister Devin is a doctor in the town and the two sisters have an amazing sister relationship. Aside from being Mayor, McKenzie also owns a floral shop and she is just such a woman dedicated to her town.
In comes Ben Kilpatrick whose family owned a very prominent boat factory that employed hundreds of people in the town until Ben decided to close it’s doors and take off for California. So his being back in town leaves a sour taste in the mouths of locals who are still understandably salty about his decision. After closing the factory, the economy really went down hill. McKenzie has no problems voicing her opinions of Ben’s decision to him, especially since while in town he is renting the house next door to hers. And all along Ben doesn’t want to be back in Haven Point just as much as Haven Point doesn’t want him back!
I can’t really say this is an enemy to lovers romance because the hard feelings were really one sided but I liked how Raeanne Thayne explored the process of immediately having assumptions about someone before getting to know the facts; hearing things from the source, the horses mouth! McKenzie was like most people in Haven Point when it came to Ben, she didn’t want him there–until she learns that he is scoping out where to locate the newest Caine Tech Facility and that Haven Point is an option, which would be great for the town. Once she learns this, they begin spending a lot more time together because she makes it her mission to showcase to him why Haven Point is the perfect place for the new Caine Tech location. Through spending time together the two realize how much they have in common–Ben learns some family secrets that in certain ways, mirror McKenzie’s upbringing–and they both reach the point of not being able to get the other off their mind.
I loved that this story took place during the summer. There were beautiful scenes out on Lake Haven and descriptions of the Redemption Mountains–scenes where the characters were sitting on their back porch gazing at the water. I was sucked in and felt like I was right there in this small town surrounded by beautiful mountains while sitting on a dock dangling my feet in the lake.
Another element to this story I enjoyed was the sense of community. I love the small town feel. Especially when it is a tight knit community where when the going gets tough, everyone does their part to make things better, and you get to see that in this book.
I think this book was the perfect read to jump start my summer reading. Between the cool breeze I could feel coming off Lake Haven and the beautiful love story that bloomed between McKenzie and Ben I feel this series can only continue to get better. Lucky for me I have a full summer ahead to continue my way through it.
Let me know Friends, what is one location from a book that you have fallen in love with? Do you prefer books in the big city or are you more of a cozy, small town person? Thanks for reading–xoxo, Bree