Series: Black Dog Bay
Published by Penguin on 2015-02-03
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
Lila has had a charmed life until her husband dumps her, she loses her job hosting on a shopping channel and her father passes away. She has always counted on men to make the hard decisions. Now on her own and moving back home, she finds her mother’s financial situation is dire. Her mother, Daphne, a former model, cannot face the fact that her beloved home will have to be sold. Until Lila discovers that Daphne has been collecting and hording designer fashions through out her lifetime. With the online sale of a vintage Dior, she and her mother put together a plan to save the house.
Her high school boyfriend, Ben, just happens to move to Black Dog Bay and when Lila’s FUV (the SUV she bought before her ex cleared out the joint accounts),breaks down, they pair run into each other. Ben saves her more than once and Daphne makes plans to get the two back together. The only problem is that kissing Ben is like kissing her brother. Also turning up is the boy she snubbed as a sophomore and Malcolm is more than spark-worthy now. Of course, in such a small town, gossip runs rampant and only when Lila discovers the local watering hole, The Whinery, does she get some heartfelt advice from the owner, Summer.
This book made me smile and laugh while taking me out of a cold-induced, horrible mood. It was a quick and easy read full of fun and romance and a bit of a mystery with mean girls (actually old women) galore! Lila is such a wonderful character and I can see how this series is going to be one of my favorites. There are so many minor characters that scream to be followed in this book. I haven’t read the first in the series, Cure For the Common Breakup, but I have ordered it and can’t wait to read Summer’s story in full.