More to Give (Anchor Island #4)
Montlake / November 11, 2014 / $9.99 print, $4.99 digital
Callie Henderson had to fight to put her tragic past behind her, but now the up-and-coming player in the hospitality industry is well on her way to happiness. She has her sights set on the lead renovation position at the Sunset Harbor Inn—an inn that just happens to be owned by Sam Edwards, the man who comforted her in her grief and gave her one night of passion before walking away.
Sam is searching for someone who can turn his quaint inn into a premier boutique hotel. He just never expected that someone to be the one woman who knows his deepest secrets. But he needs Callie, and Callie needs the job. Throw in a talking parrot with a cracker addiction, some uncooperative islanders, and enough sexual sparks to light a beachside bonfire, and they’ve got their work cut out for them…
More to Give is a story of heartbreak and healing, of facing the past…and having the courage to believe in a future.
I’m enough of a Faulknerian to believe that the past is never truly past and thus to have a decided preference for fictional characters who struggle with their pasts. Many of my favorite romance novels feature heroes and heroine who share tangled histories. It is hardly surprising then that I enthusiastically received Terri Osburn’s More to Giv, featuring Callie Henderson and Sam Edwards who shared a one-night stand shortly after their spouses were killed in an automobile accident while on a lovers’ tryst. Six years have passed since then, and Callie and Sam have both moved on with their lives. But name changes and new attitudes are not enough to keep the past from intruding on the present: “The weight of their shared history, mostly painful for them both, hung in the air like the dust on a dirt road on a dry summer day.”