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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Lines in the Sand is book two in Kaira Rouda’s Indigo Island novels. While it is part of a series, this new adult contemporary romance can be read as a stand-alone story. Dorsey is thrilled to be coming to work on Indigo Island. She will be in charge of Top Club’s Kids Cottage. Dorsey is haunted by the tragedy of her father’s death and the pain of her breakup with her boyfriend Chad, so she’s determined not to get involved with anyone on the island, especially not Steve, her obnoxious and very pushy manager. She realizes that her resolve will be difficult to maintain when she meets Jack. Jack’s proud of the promotion he’s gotten. After being a lifeguard at Indigo Island for years, he was finally offered a management position upon his graduation from college. He’s taken aback, however, when Steve reneges on the commitment and insists that he remain the Head Lifeguard for the summer. Dorsey is instantly attracted to Jack, and that attraction seems mutual.
Kaira Rouda's new adult contemporary romance, Lines in the Sand, is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Dorsey and Jack are marvelous characters, who both mature and come of age as they fall in love. I was especially interested in this book as it explores the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and found Barbara, the elder Gullah islander, to be a strong and compelling character. Rouda shows the reader around Indigo Island, and it is a gorgeous place indeed, especially the bay and the sandy shores where Dorsey finds her arrowhead and pottery fragments. There's also a mystery implicit in the plot: why did the last Kids Cottage leader leave so suddenly and what exactly is wrong with Steve, the manager? Lines in the Sand is entertaining, with just the right amount of love and steam, and it's enhanced with the rich history and traditions of the Gullah islanders. It's highly recommended.