When I was given the opportunity to read and review Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne I jumped on the chance. I had read and really enjoyed Snowfall on Haven Point and I was eager to continue the series.
I was a little worried about Serenity Harbor because in the first 50 pages or so we find out that the book features not one but two special needs children. Romance novels specifically can be hard to carry off with children in them. There are some readers who won’t read them if children play a large role. These two children do. I mention that the two kids are special needs not because I am against special needs being in a book but because I was worried it was being added gratuitously; especially as there were two children (not related) and it was a predominant part of the book. I shouldn’t have worried. RaeAnne Thayne realistically presented life with an autistic child. It wasn’t the main part of the book or even Milo as a character but Thayne did present the daily struggles and joys appropriately.
Serenity Harbor was another great addition to the Haven Point series. I enjoyed spending more time in a thriving small town. I didn’t love Katrina as much as I had hoped. I struggled with the fact that she was back in town after having left Haven Point a year ago with a man she barely knew and moving to Columbia with him. Her ex ends up leaving her shortly after they get there and she lives on her own for most of the year.
The part that I struggled the most with in Serenity Harbor is that Kat can’t understand and gets frustrated with people who can’t recognize that she is a mature adult who can make rational decisions. Hello? The last decision they saw you make was leaving your job and family to follow a guy halfway across the globe. After a decision like that you have to prove you’ve changed. That’s just how it works.
Bowie was an awesome leading male. I really enjoyed his character. He didn’t have a traditional childhood and feels like he can’t make decisions out of love because he doesn’t think he knows how. I’ll let you in on a secret: that seems to be all he does. Bowie has a big heart. I loved watching him discover that for himself.
Overall Serenity Point by RaeAnne Thayne was a great contemporary romance but I had a few stumbles. Some of them ended up being fine and I enjoyed the time I spent with Haven Point.
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