Share the Moon by Sharon Struth: Small towns tend to have big secrets and this small vacation town in CT is no different. The problem with secrets though is they tend to come out at the most inopportune times.
Sophie is our leading lady who has been through the ringer, including losing her eldest son in a tragic accident and a not so happy divorce. Duncan has spent most of his time involved with his work, well until his wife dies and he finally begins to realize there is more out there. Unfortunately Duncan has spent so much time with work he is a bit naïve in the real world sense. Sophie and Duncan, with a little help from some matchmaking teens, work to uncover the secrets of the small town without tearing apart their families and destroying their newfound love.
This is the first book about Blue Moon Lake and while it’s a quick read it’s very small town. Ms. Struth helps the readers to see how nothing that happens in a small town every really goes away. Her descriptions of everything from hair color to weather help to draw a picture of a very quaint and wonderful place where the secrets are sometimes the only entertaining thing occurring. Share the Moon will make you laugh, but has a lot of tissue moments when Ms. Struth makes you feel the pain so badly that you ache for both Sophie and Duncan. Yes there is a HEA, which after the twists is very much deserved but she leaves the story open for the next in the series which is a bit frustrating.
Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.