Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.
That was before he met Beth Lowry.
It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world.
But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her.
Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved…
Review: Told from the point of view of Tripp and Bethy this is one heartbreaking story. I’m not one that usually likes flashbacks in a story but this one needed it and it fit right in without any issues. There weren’t many flashbacks but just enough to tell us how Tripp and Bethy’s story started.
The main part of the story takes place in a small seaside village know to house the wealthy. The author took time to touch on the details that were around without focusing on them. It was subtle and worked beautifully. The secondary location is a small island that Tripp, Bethy and all of their friends escape to for the weddings of their close friends Wood’s and Della. Again the subtleties are key. She gives you just enough of a description for you to be able to paint your own picture and see yourself there with all of them.
The character growth throughout the story is amazing. It actually covers so many different emotions and phases in their lives and truly lets you see what they were like growing up and what because of them eight years later.
This book hit all of the things that I love to see when reading a good book. Romance, heartbreak, family, friends and forgiveness. The details are amazing and I just didn’t want the story to end. I hope we get to hear from Tripp and Bethy again because I just didn’t get enough.
Favorite Quote: “It should have been me who drowned that night. Not you. Me.But you didn’t let that happen, because, again, you saved me, but you never seemed to see it that you.”