Synopses & Reviews
For competitive surfer Claire Patton, the waves of South Carolinas Folly Beach once held the promise of a bright, loving futureuntil her fiancé, Foster King, broke the news that he and Claires best friend, Jill, were in love and having a baby, and everything shattered....
Eighteen years later, Claire has put miles between that beach and her broken heart. Now forty-four and divorced, she watches her teen daughter rush into her own ill-fated romance. When ESPN asks Claire to return to Folly Beach for a retrospective on women in surfing, she knows this trip could help repair the divide between her and her daughtereven if it means wading into waters Claire has never intended to revisit.
For Jill King, life at forty-four isnt what she imagined. Widowed after losing Foster in a swimming accident, she has stayed in Folly Beach to raise their son. Learning that Claire is coming back means facing a troubled pastand a heavy guiltthat Jill has worked hard to put away.
When Claire decides to help the Kings failing surf shop, years of unspoken blame rise to the surface and, with them, comes one last chance for two estranged best friends to find forgivenessand new passionsin the place that was once their coastal paradise, where life was spent barefoot and love was as dizzying as the perfect wave.
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Praise for the Novels of Erika Marks
“An intoxicating blend of love, lost and found.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Karen White
“Spicy, delicious, and filled with surprises.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani
“This is womens fiction to be savored.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
For competitive surfer Claire "Pepper" Patton, the waves of South Carolinas Folly Beach once held the promise of a loving future and a bright careeruntil her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire's best friend, Jill, were in love.
Eighteen years later, now forty-two and a struggling single parent to a rebellious teenage daughter, Claire has put miles between that betrayal and that coast. But when ESPN invites her back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was.
But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Fosters teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to buryand bring to the surface years of unspoken blame.
When Claire crosses paths with a sexy pro-surfer who is as determined to get Claire back on a board as he is to get her in his bed, a chance for healing might not be far behindor is it too late for two estranged friends to find forgiveness in the place that was once their coastal paradise, where life was spent barefoot and love was as dizzying as the perfect wave...
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About the Author
A native New Englander who was raised in Maine, Erika Marks has worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator, and a carpenter. She is the author of The Guest House, The Mermaid Collector and Little Gale Gumbo.