What do you need in a marriage?

Emerald Coast
by Anita Hughes (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 304 pages, also in paperback
expected pub Aug 1, 2017, St. Martin's Griffin

GoodReads Summary:
Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful businesswoman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never canceled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

Set on the glamorous Italian island, Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time.

Disclaimer:  Because I had reviewed Ms. Hughes' book, White Sand, Blue Sea, I was offered the chance to review, this book, Emerald Coast. I was provided an eARC by St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
Oliver and Lily Bristol are now divorced after many years of marriage. Freshly divorced and attempting to be single. But can they stand to see each other that way? And do they know how to function as single people again? Do they really want to? I'm not sure either one of them knows what they really want right now. And being written in the third person, we got to hear how everyone was feeling.

Ms. Hughes does a great job of portraying the insecurities such a couple would feel running into each other in a romantic vacation spot such as this and trying not to look alone or lonely. What does it take to be a couple? Is it happiness? Is it love? It's up to these two to decide before they make too many more mistakes.

The author also paints a beautiful picture of the surroundings so that you feel you are there with Lily and Oliver at their lush locations and backdrops. There were some slow spots where things seemed to drag down a bit, but for the most part, the plot moved along well. I thoroughly enjoyed Oliver and Lily like I would a pair of good friends who were having relationship problems and were sharing their problems with me. Sometimes I wanted to hug them and sometimes I wanted to shake them. At the end, I sort of just wanted to put them over my knee and spank them!

If you read and enjoyed the first book I reviewed, White Sand, Blue Sea back in November, then I'm sure you'll also enjoy this book. This one has a bit more action but is just as good. Readers of women's lit and controversial romances will really enjoy this. I strongly recommend it to you.