Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers' Favorite
"Beach Season" is a collection of four short stories by Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberlin and Rosalind Noonan. Each story takes place in a beach community and they all involve some kind of suspense related to a lover or an ex-lover. I found Cathy Lamb's story 'June's Lace' to be the most charming of the collection as she describes how a former up-tight attorney who was raised by hippy parents becomes a wedding dress designer and finds love in the process. Chamberlin's 'Second Chance Sweethearts' takes the reader to a time when first love was forsaken and time intervened. When a second chance comes for Thea and her high school sweetheart, Thea's past threatens to undermine a chance at second love. Noonan's 'Carolina Summer' has the reader pondering the mystery of Jane's being on the run in the Carolinas and her attachment to the local sheriff Cooper, a man with whom she feels an immediate attraction as well as a sense of security. In 'The Brass Ring', Lisa Jackson pairs a charming former mail tennis star with a tenacious female doctor. The night before their planned wedding, the tennis star is in an automobile accident which renders him unconscious. When he awakens, he has no memory of his fiance.
This is the kind of book you want to stuff into your beachbag for a quick read on a warm summer day at the beach. The stories are somewhat predictable and yet charming in their simplicity and honesty. The characters come off as everyday people who just happen to get caught up in the lives of others who will become significant others and this scenario is a joy for most avid readers of romance novels.