Ahhh, spring in New England. . . Longer days, green grass, the sound of lawn mowers in the evenings and kids back out to play after dinner. Then there is the fog, the cold rain, the heat on in the house one day and off the next. It’s a mixed bag around here. You never know what to expect from the weather, and that’s one thing I love about being a native New Englander. We have a saying in these parts: If you don’t like the weather, stick around. It’ll change.
Spring in my family also means boat launch time. My dad has had a boat of some sort or another my entire life, building up to the thirty-six foot cruiser he bought back when I was college. At that time it was sleek and fancy and nicer than any boat we’d ever had before. Twenty years later, we’ve done some hard living on that poor boat, and it’s starting to show it’s age. We couldn’t care less. We love every minute we spend on the water. It’s the ultimate in family time. We swim, we lounge, we eat, we drink, we laugh—a lot. I can’t imagine life without the boat.
My dad took a fall this spring in the boatyard when he was getting the boat ready for another summer. His foot caught on the stand holding up the boat behind his and down he went, fracturing his pelvis in two places. He’s seventy-eight and in great health, so he is bouncing back quickly, thank goodness, but he’s aggravated that he can’t work on the boat the way he’d like to right now. My husband, son and brother have pitched in to finish the last of the essential jobs, such as putting in plugs that will keep the boat from sinking, so it’s ready for launch. Because my dad is the only one who knows how to run the sucker, we’ll have it towed to its summer home at the marina until he is able to manage the ladder to the bridge that houses the controls. So this spring and summer promise to be a little different at the outset than years past. But whether we can take the boat out or just sit at the dock and watch the world go by doesn’t matter to us. All we care about is that the boat is in the water, and the captain is recovering.
Out on Gansett Island, home to my fictional McCarthys of Gansett Island, spring has sprung and I like to imagine Mac, Luke and Big Mac getting the marina ready for another busy season. But before we get to spring, we have an offseason winter story to look forward to in Season for Love. Yes, my seasons are all out of whack, but my readers assure me they will take the McCarthys at any time of the year! Watch for Season for Love in June.
To get you ready for Season, I will give away the first five McCarthys of Gansett Island stories as ebooks to one commenter today. Tell me some of your favorite things about spring! Winner will be selected using random.org on 5/14.
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The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 6
His idea of permanence is the VW van that takes him from one gig to the next. . .
Owen Lawry has made a living as a traveling musician and enjoys his footloose and fancy free lifestyle. But after meeting Laura McCarthy and helping her to land the job as manager of his grandparents’ hotel on Gansett Island, Owen decides there’s something to be said about a roof over his head and a warm, sexy woman in his bed.
Laura, a newlywed who discovered that her husband never quit dating, came to Gansett for her cousin’s Janey’s wedding, but ended up staying after she met Owen and took on the renovations to the dilapidated Sand & Surf Hotel.
As Owen and Laura’s attraction simmers during months of close proximity, they form a tight bond that will be tested when her estranged husband refuses to grant her a divorce. As summer turns to autumn and Laura and Owen take baby steps toward love, favorite characters from past Gansett Island stories continue to live their happily ever afters.
Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.
Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it?
For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy’s Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she’s returned to Gansett to figure out what’s next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?
Since he won the Academy Award for best original screenplay a few years ago, Grant McCarthy’s personal and professional lives have fallen apart. Abby, the woman he was supposed to marry, is engaged to someone else, and Grant is back at home on Gansett Island helping to run the family marina business while his father recovers from a serious injury. While all Grant’s focus should be on winning back the love of his life, pesky Stephanie, who runs the marina restaurant, is working her way under his skin and into his bed. As Tropical Storm Hailey cuts off Gansett Island from the mainland, Grant suspects Stephanie is hiding something big from her past. When he finds out what it is, what will be more important to him? Winning Abby back or helping Stephanie to right a terrible wrong?
All her life, Grace Ryan was the “fat girl.” Taunted and teased and ignored by her peers, she tried every diet ever invented to no avail. Desperate to change her life as her twenties slipped away, she decided it was time for drastic measures and had lap-band surgery. More than a year later, she’s lost 130 pounds and is venturing into the dating world for the first time. During a boat trip to Gansett Island with the new guy in her life, Grace refuses to have sex with him and finds herself abandoned without a dollar to her name at McCarthy’s Gansett Island Marina. At home for the summer awaiting the launch of his debut CD, music star-in-the-making Evan McCarthy is performing at the Tiki Bar when he notices Grace looking lost in a sea of happy people. Evan comes to her aid and quickly finds himself smitten. But the last thing Grace needs after all she’s been through is a guy who “doesn’t do relationships.” Will Evan change his ways to win Grace’s heart?