Morrow, Jul 1 2014, $14.99
Restoration Specialist Merielle Calder Hollis loves her work on the historical Newport mansions and adores her boyfriend Peter. She expects her beloved Peter to propose on her thirtieth birthday bash at her grandmother’s home. Instead of euphoria at her big 3-0 party, Meri takes two shots to the gut when Peter announces out of the blue that he accepted a summer internship at his uncle’s law firm on the West Coast and that she was adopted.
Peter’s abrupt betrayal hurts as he never been to law school and failed to mention to her what he planned until it was accompli. However, that is minor compared to the adoption shocker. Though she knows the Calder Hollis brood has always showered her with love, Meri feels a deep need to learn more about her biological family. Meri starts with friend Alden Corrigan who has always been there for her. He rescued her pregnant mother at sea before the young woman vanished once on the shore but not before she left behind precious.
Breakwater Bay is a timely strong drama that looks closely at what a family is. Although the Peter subplot feels out of place and unnecessary as Meri’s quest makes for a powerful story without his shtick; while the protagonist learns “blood is thicker than water; so's toothpaste” (Soupy Sales).