Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she’s worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother’s home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love.
Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It’s not the only time he’s found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn’t looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion … and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.
When it doesn’t rain, it damn well pours – this seems to be the story of Gabi Castle’s life of late. Can’t say I’d be all that impressed with life as a whole if within a few days, I was hit with a surprise pregnancy, losing my job & being dumped by my partner. Luckily, Gabi has the love and support of her family … and the sexy, mysterious carpenter, Wade Johnson.
Now, as you know, I didn’t have that great an experience with the first book in the Ocean Breeze series, Sand Castle Bay. However, enough about Gabi and Wade, and the series in general, intrigued me so I requested a copy of Wind Chime Point.
There was quite a bit that I enjoyed about Wind Chime Point.
I definitely got Gabi and Wade as a couple more so than with Emily and Boone in Sand Castle Bay. I appreciated that Gabi did acknowledge her attraction to Wade (at least to herself), but then didn’t run head-on into “Ooh, let’s have some magical sexytimes and then we’ll be one big happy family” territory. She has some suitable concerns about the child she is carrying and is conscious that the decisions she makes may have an impact on its future. Well done, you.
I love that Gabi, after spending a life trying to please others, is making a real attempt at doing something that is going to make her happy. The best part – she doesn’t know if she will be successful, she just wants to do it.
There is a real sweetness to the relationship between Gabi & Wade. Maybe there was a little more talking about feelings than an actual physical exploration of said feelings – but that’s OK. I’m kind of glad – having recently been heavily pregnant myself, it’s not our sexiest time and the acrobatic stuff is pretty much out of our realm. Hell, decent sleep was out of our realm of possibilities.
Gabi did defer to Wade on occasion for guidance, particularly surrounding her work. What I like about this was that he gave just that – guidance. He didn’t come across all “you must let me fix everything and then be grateful”. He listens – a man who actually listens! Do you know how sexy that is?
There are a few things that did however irk me a little in regard to Wind Chime Point.
Ms Woods could have pulled back on the matchmaking granny stuff – or at least just had Cora Jane concentrate on one granddaughter at a time. I got a bit distracted by the constant referrals to Samantha & Ethan – give us glimpses, yes, but just don’t take up pages.
Wade was on occasion a little too full-court-press. I think young Jimmy put it best with this response to Wade:
Wade frowned. “Scare her? You think I scare her?”
“That’s the way it looks to me,” Jimmy said with surprising confidence. “You get all intense and lovesick when she’s around. That’s got to be scary for a woman who’s pregnant with some other guy’s kid. I’m thinking you need to chill.”
Louise, Wade’s sister, needed to ease up a bit on the psycho a bit. Have your brother’s best interests at heart by all means, but he is capable of making his own choices – just let him do it.
This was much more enjoyable for me than Sand Castle Bay. It read a little like women’s fiction as opposed to romance on occasion, however it was still a lovely read.
It should be interesting to see what Ms Woods has in store for Sam & Ethan in book 3.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 (almost 4, but not quite)
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.