Monday, May 17, 2021



This was such a fast-paced and enjoyable read, I couldn’t put it down.  I liked the storyline and the characters, both the main characters and the secondary characters were very well developed.  The author quickly transports you to Wishing Cove. 

When June Westwood finds out that her father, whom she never met, had died, she thinks that she will never know the truth about why he left all those years ago. So, June and her sisters meet at their father’s beach house in the Pacific Northwest to take care of his affairs.  They didn’t that their father is a famous artist and they inherit his house and his fortune.  June is the first to arrive and she investigates to see if she can find any information about her father.  When she meets Caleb, she is in for more than she bargained for, as their first meeting does not go well at all.  Caleb was her father’s neighbor and protege.  When June’s sisters arrive at the beach house, they join in the journey of finding answers to some questions they have had all their life. As they go through his belongings looking in to who their father was, they learn more about themselves then they ever realized.

I enjoyed this emotional story very much, and the underlying message of how important it is to always make time for family.  I was so engrossed with the story and the multi-faceted characters. Thank you Melissa Wiesner for this fantastic read.




Author:  Melissa Wiesner
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 17, 2021 
Pages: 301 
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The father you never knew, has left behind a heartbreaking secret…

June Westwood is devastated by the news the father she never met has died. Now the truth about why Jasper abandoned her as a child will be buried forever. Escaping to the secluded beach house she’s inherited, June hopes to spend time bonding with her two little daughters, away from her hectic job and failing marriage.

On the wild shores of the Pacific Northwest, her father’s hideaway leaves June breathless. But it’s his oil paintings decorating every wall that surprise her most. How could someone paint other people so beautifully, but reject those closest to him? And why is every drawer in her father’s workshop locked? June hopes her new neighbor—her father’s apprentice Caleb—will provide the answers. But Caleb won’t talk about the past.

Then, hidden in her father’s workshop, June discovers a box of newspaper clippings that reveal the shocking reason why her father left years ago—and uncovers Caleb’s own devastating secret…

When her old life comes calling, June has an impossible decision to make. Unsure what’s best for her girls, and if she can trust Caleb, will digging deeper into her father’s dark past heal or destroy her precious family? 


Melissa Wiesner is a night-owl who began writing novels about five years ago when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. In 2019, she won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in the Mainstream Fiction Category for her first novel. Melissa holds two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Community Agency Counseling. Her day job is in Social Work where she often encounters people knocked down by hard times but who pick themselves up and keep going, just like the characters of her novels. Melissa lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her charming husband and two adorable children.

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