Friday, August 27, 2021

Review & Giveaway: The House on Sunshine Corner by Phoebe Mills


The House on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #1) by Phoebe Mills
Publication Date: August 24th 2021 by Forever
Pages: 316
Source: Publisher
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Abby and Carter were high school sweethearts, very in love for two years until Carter went off to college, while Abby attended close to home.  Carter was content to make a clean break and they didn’t stay in touch, since Heart’s Hope Bay was a place he wanted to escape after years of contention his cruel father.

Now ten years later, Carter is back in town helping his sister with his three-year-old niece, Sophia. While he visited briefly in the past he never ran into Abby, but as his niece attends Abby’s preschool/daycare, running into her will be inevitable.  Seeing Abby again brings up all the old feelings and attraction, but even more intense. He’s never had the same connection with any other woman. Even so, he can’t let his attraction get in the way of his career goals which seem to finally being coming together.

Abby’s always loved Heart’s Hope Bay where her grandmother took her in, as it provided the stability her mother never gave her. She’s always wanted to settle down with a family of her own right there surrounded by the people she’s grown to love.  I could totally understand Abby, since Heart’s Hope Bay, a small coastal town in Oregon, sounded lovely and picturesque! Abby loved Carter; his leaving took a long time to get over.  Abby knows that getting involved with him again will only lead to heartbreak but being around him only underscores what they had together: a once in a lifetime love.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances and I was rooting for Carter and Abby since the love they had in the past was there again and even more intense.  Carter was a sweetheart with Abby, helping with the house renovations, and with his three-year-old niece, but boy did I want to smack him! He kept on with the “I must stay on track with my career goals, so I don’t turn into my deadbeat dad” mantra! I need proper groveling to forgive a character for being frustrating and dense, so I was pleased Carter snapped out of it and got a clue!

The House on Sunshine Corner was a sweet, second chance romance with one of my favorite settings: small, charming coastal town with lovable and quirky secondary characters. After some of the exchanges between Savannah and Noah, I’m really looking forward to the next installment which seems like it’ll be a fun enemies-to-lovers romance!

4 Stars

Book Description:

Abby Engel has a great life. She's the owner of Sunshine Corner, the daycare she runs with her girlfriends; she has the most adoring grandmother (aka the Baby Whisperer); and she lives in a perfect hidden gem of a town. All that's missing is the thing she wants the most: a family. But after a stint of online dating and a string of bad blind dates, she's ready to give up. And then her ex-boyfriend (aka the love of her life) walks back into town...

Carter Hayes has no intention of staying in Heart's Hope Bay. He's there to help his sister out for a few weeks, and then he's back on a plane to Las Vegas. But small-town living has its appeal, and it’s not long before Carter's reminded of just how much he loves his hometown...and the one woman he’s never been able to forget. But after breaking her heart all those years ago, can Carter convince Abby that he’s her happy-ever-after?

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. I love second chance romance stories and this cover is adorable.

    1. The house pictured is exactly as described in the story, yellow door and all. :)

  3. I like the sound of this one. Thank you for the chance. Happy weekend friend.

  4. Second chance romances are a lot of fun...especially when they take place in a quirky small town. :)

  5. I love the setting of a coastal small town, those make the best for these sweeter romances. Definitely looking into this one.

    Thanks for your thoughtful review.

  6. I"m also a sucker for a second chance romance, this looks so good, thanks for sharing.

  7. It sounds like a good one in a lovely setting. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  8. Great second chance romance, and I love the cover.

  9. I could see me picking this up just for the adorable pup on the cover, though, small town + second chance romance is a great combination for me.

  10. Thank goodness Carter finally got a clue! :) I love a second chance romance and this sounds like a sweet one.

  11. That really is such a pretty cover, and the Oregon coast is somewhere I've visited a few times so the setting appeals to me.