The Love We Keep (Summer Island #3) Toni Blake, Ann Marie Gideon (Narrator)
Published January 28th 2020 by Harlequin Books & Harlequin Audio
This was the conclusion of the Summer Island Trilogy and I was quite impressed with how the author chose to end this series. Suzanne, is having a rough time. She turned down Beck’s advances in the first book of this series and then decided that she wanted him in the second one. Unfortunately, he had moved on and was now engaged to Meg’s sister Lila. Suzanne is feeling sorry for herself when she is needed to help Zack. Zack, fell down the stairs of his house and has seriously injured his back. His Aunt Dahlia has left the island to go on a trip, so there is no one to take care of him. Suzanne used to be an orthopaedic nurse, so she agrees to look after him in her home. This is a huge decision on her part as she has never liked Zack and didn’t like the way he treated Meg over the years. Of course, being in close quarters over the winter, taking care of him, physically doing exercises with him, has a way of breaking through those barriers.
I loved the conclusion of this story. Suzanne has secrets surrounding her deceased husband that she has never shared, and Zack has secrets from his past that he holds close to the chest. Sharing those secrest with each other begins the healing for both of them. I liked the slow relationship building that went on and of course there is some physical attraction as well. The story of Dahlia was unexpected. I had a feeling I knew what was going on with her and I was right. Her vacation with her friend Gisele had her sharing her past which was quite enjoyable and humorous at times. This book succeeded in making me cry, actual sob, but it was a happily ever after. I definitely recommend that you read this series, in order if possible, if you enjoy contemporary romance.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ann Marie Gideon. I really enjoyed her narration of this book. She gives voices to the various characters and I could identify who was speaking by that voice. Her expression and inflection was perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. She is a narrator that I will definitely listen to again and recommend to others. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: Toni Blake returns with the most emotional, tender novel yet in her enchanting Summer Island series.Suzanne Quinlan has been through a lot lately, so nothing sounds better than a peaceful winter in her cozy cottage on Summer Island. The last thing she wants is a massive lifestyle adjustment–especially when it comes in the form of an injured Zack Sheppard, who is sullen, angry and completely dependent on her.Zack values his independence above all else. But when he falls down his icy steps, he finds himself with a serious leg injury and in need of round-the-clock care. The only person available to help is his ex’s best friend, Suzanne. It doesn’t hurt that Suzanne is far more attractive than he ever realized, but he’s never been one to settle, and he sure isn’t going to start now.As Suzanne and Zack grow closer, they both realize they’re in this thing more deeply than they ever thought, and it’s started to cause tension in their small, close-knit community, too. Will Zack be able to commit this time, and will Suzanne be able to trust him? One thing is certain: come spring, the lives and loves of Summer Island will never be the same.