A Promise in the Keys
by Hope Holloway
Coconut Key - Book 7
Publisher: Hope Holloway
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Reviewed by PJ
There’s a little island magic in the air…and the promise of something brand new.
With her daughters more settled than ever, it’s time for Beck to live her life in Coconut Key to the fullest. Coquina House Bed & Breakfast is open and running, and with every new challenge, Beck and her mother discover they were born for the life of hospitality. So it’s not her new business that keeps Beck awake at night now…but the temptation of starting a new, uncharted course for her heart. Will those waters be warm and welcoming, or does she risk drowning once again?
And although she's navigating new waters of her own, Peyton is homesick for Coconut Key. Val is doing his best to keep her in Miami, though some unexpected news makes the decision even harder. While Heather and Kenny explore the possibility of blending their families, Lovely suddenly faces the biggest challenge of her life, prompting her to do the one thing she swore she'd never do again: keep a secret from the people she loves. But no matter how it all ends, there will be laughter, love, sunshine, and mimosas on the beach in Coconut Key.
Hope Holloway brings her Coconut Key series to a conclusion with the same humor, heart, family, hope, and love that has been front and center in all seven books. I've enjoyed how the author has guided several characters along their journeys of love and growth while also keeping the growth, strength and importance of Beck and her family at the heart of the series. The romantic relationships are realistically portrayed, with challenges readers can relate to. The relationships among the women are both endearing and empowering. And the bonds of family may stretch from time to time but with love, communication, and understanding, they never break.
There are three romances blossoming in this final book, and others continuing to evolve, with plenty of emotion bubbling. I was so invested in these characters that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough but, at the same time, I also wanted to pull back, read slowly, and savor each and every scene. There are so many feelings. But it's not only the romances that have obstacles to overcome. Beck's relationship with her mother is enduring some rough waters as well. Lovely is keeping a secret and the consequences could be dire. Not to fear, Holloway wraps up the book with a plethora of happy endings but the journey there elicits laughter, tears, forgiveness, healing, reconciliations, and sigh-worthy declarations. In other words, everything I hope for when I pick up a new book.
There are seven books in Hope Holloway's Coconut Key series. I enthusiastically recommend them all. I also strongly suggest reading them in order.
In A Promise in the Keys, one of the teen characters has a role in her high school musical. Have you ever performed on stage? What was the play/musical? What role did you perform?
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