Abby Curtis lands on her Aunt Reva's doorstep at Bayside Barn with nowhere to go but up. Learning animal communication from her aunt while taking care of the motley assortment of rescue animals on the farm is an important part of Abby's healing process. She is eager to begin a new life on her own, but she isn't prepared for the magnetism between her and her handsome, stubborn and distracting new neighbor.
Quinn Lockhart snapped up the foreclosed estate next door determined to renovate and flip the beautiful bayou property. It's all part of a plan to make a financial comeback and reconnect with his estranged son. Definitely not part of the plan is the noisy petting zoo next door dragging down his property value. But getting rid of it becomes more difficult when he falls for the lovely and passionate Abby and bonds with an abandoned wolf dog who's mournfully waiting for his family to return. For humans and animals alike, it will take all the courage they can muster to learn to love again. But that's a journey worth taking—with a little help from their furry friends.
You'll fall in love right along with Abby as animals and humans alike find unexpected ways to connect, nurture each other, and thrive.
What a charming story! My first visit to Babette De Jongh's Magnolia Bay was filled with laughter, heartache, tender affection, snappy banter, devious doings, and an abandoned dog who made me want to visit my local animal shelter and bring every single homeless animal home with me.
Abby and Quinn were both a bit broken, having suffered heartache and betrayal before meeting in Magnolia Bay. I liked that they were flawed (she's a bit adrift, he's a bit unyielding). He's determined to make a new start, both with his teenage son and his business. She's struggling to heal from heartbreak and eager to not let her aunt down. Their enemies-to-lovers evolution was entertaining, realistic, and well paced and I loved how the animals helped them along their journey. I don't want to give too much away so I'll just say that Reva and her aunt both have the ability to communicate with animals and the thoughts projected by those animals were, for me, one of the highlights of the book. I've rescued more than a few dogs during my lifetime and to read Wolf's thoughts, in particular, hit me straight through the heart. All the feels!
Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay is a heartwarming, enjoyable read, perfect for lazy summer afternoons in a hammock or gentle summer evenings curled up with your favorite pet. Give this one a try - it has my enthusiastic recommendation - but be prepared to lose your heart in the process.
Book two in the Welcome to Magnolia Bay series, Magnolia Bay Memories, is scheduled to be published November 30, 2021. The hero (successful business consultant Adrian) and heroine (struggling widowed mother Heather) are introduced near the end of book one and already have me eagerly anticipating their story.
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