Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.
When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become.
Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of.
A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.
Is the cost of love, losing all control?
Fresh out of college, Haven Owen is working off her student debt at the family general store on a small North Carolina island. Evan Carlson is the most eligible bachelor in America, driving away from the limelight until he runs out of road and ends up on a ferry to Perry Island. When Haven’s co-worker, Travis, suddenly quits, Evan, posing as reclusive writer, Jay, steps in to take his place. Evan and Haven begin a summer romance that is headed for trouble.
The plot centers around the romance between Haven and Jay/Evan. Even though they’ve from very different worlds, they click on this remote island where no one seems to know who Evan really is. It’s an idyllic environment for love to blossom and it does, until Evan is discovered and Haven finds out he’s been lying to her all along. There are a couple of good subplots involving Haven’s family and Jay’s ex-girlfriend, Emmy Harper, America’s sweetheart. The only real problem I had with the story, what kept this from being five stars, is that it’s lacking in conflict. There is some, but not nearly enough for my tastes.
T.A. Foster does an excellent job of creating a small, southern island complete with Airstream campers on the beach and a general store that sells beer and souvenirs while renting kayaks and fishing poles. The world of Perry Island came alive for me, and I could visualize it all. That’s one of the few parts of the country I’ve never been to, but after reading Finding Haven, I feel as if I’ve visited for a short while.
Haven and Evan are pretty typical for the leads in a contemporary romance, but the supporting characters are as varied as they come. Everyone from Jay’s campground neighbor, Charlotte, to Haven’s family, and Travis the surfer, are interesting and developed enough to not be stereotypical. They exist in the story for a purpose and they do it well, even if it’s just comic relief.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Finding Haven
1. Travis. He’s a good guy with a heart and I like how his relationship with Haven evolved over the summer.
2. Hurricane Harper. Aptly named, it sweeps across the island causing just enough damage to make things challenging without being devastating.
3. Haven’s Family Dynamic. There’s a lot going on in her small family and it is responsible for the bulk of the conflict in the story.
4. Silver Belle. The campground where Evan stays sounds exactly like a place I’d love to vacation.
5. Cowboy Steaks. I had no idea these were a real thing until I Googled them. Now I need to try one.
Finding Haven is a sweet romance set on a balmy island. It’s a perfect, light summer beach read.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Finding Haven
Author: T.A. Foster
Release Date: May 15th, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.
Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.