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    Recommended

    I enjoyed the entire series. I will be reading more books by this author.
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    Perfect Beach Read

    I waited a whole year for Book 3 of The Ocean City Boardwalk Series. Cathy is a feisty woman in the first two books so I was curious about her story. All I can say is the book was worth the wait!
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    A test of true love

    The third book in this series, Wild Hearts of Summer does not disappoint. Cathy's life is in disarray as her prickly shell and brash behaviour have antagonised the people who are most important to her. She has hurt her best friend with her carelessness and the one man who seems to get her, is keeping secrets and his distance. As so often happens in life, things get worse before they get better, and truths have to be exposed before healing can take place. Brad has been there for Cathy ever since she returned home with a broken marriage behind her, not really understanding what she has been through. Nevertheless, his patience is wearing thin and when his fortunes change overnight, he has to plan his next move carefully, knowing full well that if he doesn't play his hand correctly, he could lose Cathy forever. Cathy is forced into a situation where she has to take a good look at herself and acknowledge the truth about what she wants from life. Cathy's behaviour is very typical of a survivor with her carefully guarded heart. Not many people manage to make that journey from survivor to victor over abuse and Ms Fasano brings out the difference between the two. A well written book which evokes deep emotion, but with plenty of wit and humour along the way. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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    Kept my interest

    This book has interesting characters and a good storyline. Held my interest until the end. I especially like how strong a character Cathy is.
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    Wild Hearts of Summer by Donna Fasano

    I have enjoyed this Ocean City Boardwalk Series from the beginning. “Wild Hearts of Summer” is Cathy’s story and it was well worth waiting for. Cathy is a feisty, strong-willed thirty-five year-old who was raised by a dysfunctional family. Her hard life continued with a bad marriage after she graduated. When she finally escaped, she moved back to Ocean City to reunite with her friends, Sara and Heather. Cathy is still working on her recovery, trying to define who she is. She is the wildest and most free-spirited of the group and refuses to be tamed. She also has an on-again-off-again relationship with Brad Henderson, who is the head lifeguard at the beach. Brad has been patient with Cathy for the last five years since her divorce, letting her take her time to move on. However, as certain events come to pass he decides he wants more of a commitment in their relationship. Their journey is heart-warming and tense as Cathy has to come to terms with her past and heart. It’s especially hard on her because she’s on the outs with Heather, and Sara has enough stress of her own to deal with at this time. So, she’s more or less on her own to work through the feelings warring in her soul. Ms. Fasano has a way of weaving wonderful heart-warming stories that never disappoint. Her characters are always well-developed, their dialogue is engaging, and realistic. The setting at Ocean Beach is so breathtakingly described you can feel the ocean breeze, smell the salty air, and almost hear the waves hitting the beach. I do hope there will be more stories with these characters. They’ve become like friends of my own, and I want to keep track of them. I would love to eat breakfast at the Sunshine Café, spend the night at the Lonely Loon, and enjoy the confections from Sara’s Sweet Shop. FYI: “Wild Hearts of Summer” is Book three in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series. While this third book could be read as a stand-alone, the reader will have a deeper understanding of all the characters having read this series in order. Ms. Fasano also includes recipes at the end of this story, as she has in the other books of this series. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** April 4, 2017 Format/Typo Issues: I found no proofing issues.
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