“No matter where you are or how long until we can be together, I’ll keep searching for you.” -Tucker
Sabrina never intended to fall in love with Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning at a Nantucket cafe–especially since he’s unwittingly tied to a past she deeply regrets. But she’s fallen hard, though she’s kept her feelings a secret.
When Tucker learns Sabrina is the research assistant for a local mystery writer, he asks Sabrina to help him with a little sleuthing of his own…locating an elusive woman he’s fallen for online.
If Sabrina accepts the job, she’ll spend her evenings in close proximity to a man who can never be hers. If she turns him down, he’ll hire someone else–and that would be a disaster. Because if someone else sifts through all those letters and finds out the truth, Tucker will discover her secret…
That the person he’s trying to find is her.
I brought this book along with me on my vacation to the Mayan Riviera thinking that it would be the perfect book to read by the seaside. I have loved every one of Denise Hunter’s books and this one is no exception.
The first few pages read as if the story is going to be a re-conceptualization of You’ve Got Mail (one of my favourite films), but the plot is far more involved than just a (seemingly) anonymous online romance. The online aspect is the hook that Denise uses to draw readers into a story that examines betrayal, loss, guilt, self-worth, forgiveness, and trust. As with all of Denise Hunter’s books, she does not shy away from attacking uncomfortable or taboo issues head on and in a way that has her readers reflecting a long time after they have turned the final page.
You can not help but fall in love with each of the characters (especially Tucker) as they are thrown into awkward circumstances fed by Hunter’s dry humour. The beauty of Tucker and Sabrina’s online courtship is in stark contrast to their comical and anxiety ridden face-to-face interactions. Sabrina is a broken woman that has drawn within herself as protection but her letters are filled with life. Her pain is tangible which makes her surrender to God’s unconditional love all the more beautiful of an experience for the reader.
I finished this book in one day and quickly passed it on to my sister and my mom. We sat there by the ocean and exclaimed together over the plot’s twists and turns and hilarity. A highly recommended read to share with your girlfriends or a book club.