The thing about this author's writing, this series in particular, is that it's not about the BIG REVEAL. Shocking, right? Frankly, the story line is fairly obvious right from the start, so if you're looking to hunt down your potential happy ending (I use "potential" because nothing is concrete, just the general lay of the land is easy to see), you're not going to find your pot of gold here. The TRUE MAGIC of the series is in the details. The author has a knack for writing characters that you WANT to know, building communities that you WISH you could be a part of, and growing everything just so with each installment, so that whether newcomer or long-time fan, you'll feel right at home.
Take Ruby for example, SUCH A WONDERFUL WOMAN! I mean, I hope I'm that sharp, witty, and caring when I reach her years (100 years and kicking!). The fact that she has a touch of "the eye" is just the icing on the cake, making her that much more mysterious, but unchanging her lovable, unmovable self (that's right mister big time land developer). Lis, our technical leading lady, is a sweetheart. Though her history taints her present frame of mind in spite of her attempts to remove it from her path, it just makes her that much more human. I felt for her when she was lost, but the moment it all became clear as to where she belonged felt like a homecoming long in the making. Her equally charming leading man, Mr. Alec Jansen, was not only easy on the eyes, but also the heart. Despite his poor choice in information sharing, his intentions were good and the fact that once things started to heat up he didn't run away but towards the problem speaks equally highly of his character. Those, my friends, are just the keynote players here...so many more to mention, but I'll let you discover them on your own.
Story wise, I was inclined to worry just as much as the characters about how things would play out. One doesn't want to see the destruction of natural beauty (even book wise) merely for the sake of progress, but with Alec on the job, I knew we were in good hands. Yes, that's right...I fell for our guy hook, line, and sinker...can't blame Lis for doing the same as well despite their shared past. It was heartwarming to see someone so devoted on the male end of the spectrum in lieu of the female simply falling all over themselves to get in their hearts. This was an equal opportunity love in the making...with the potential for fireworks bigger than the fourth of July. I bet if you ask Ruby, she'd tell you all about it...then again, her lips are probably sealed as it isn't really any of OUR business until they make it so. ^-^
In the end, it was truly a wonderful visit with the folks of Cannonball Island and St Dennis. I was hopeful things would work themselves out from the start and by the final page, I was not disappointed. I do have to say that the little teaser from Grace's diary entry in the final moments brought tears to my eyes but lucky for us and the entirety of the island, that won't come to pass for many moons to come. Recommended read for Contemporary Fiction fans of all ages.