Under the Sun
by Jude Ouvrard
Tracey Howard has put her life on hold for years to care for her grandmother. Now that her grandmother is gone, Tracey decides to spend the summer at the beach and reflect on where she wants to take her life next. Jackson Phillips is her new neighbor, and he dazzles her from the first moment they meet. Will Jackson be able to show Tracey how to let go of old pain and embrace future happiness?
If you are looking for a romantic quick read, Under the Sun is for you. Using a romantic setting by the beach, Ouvrard starts us off on this journey when Tracey heads to a cabin left to her by her grandmother who had passed away recently. Emotions are still raw and Ouvrard does a great job of bringing those feelings to the reader. I found myself tearing up several times as Tracey recalled memories of caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer's and then about their final moments together. The melancholy feel of the story dissipates when Jackson, the man next door, is introduced. They begin a journey together that gives them both a second chance at life.
While reading I found the pace at which their feeling developed to be a bit quick, but overall I enjoyed the fast pace of the tale. There was no angsty drama keeping them apart nor any dramatic set backs in their relationship. There weren't many love scenes, but the ones that were present were just that, full of love. They were romantic without being graphically detailed. I enjoyed how Ouvrard while in the middle of the romantic courtship brought us back to the feelings of loss and moving on. The story also ended without a cliffhanger giving a feeling of closure for the reader.
For this quick summer read set on the beach, I'll give it 4 out of five sandcastles.
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