Julianne Finnegan lives in the shadow of her adored but wildly successful brother, Michael. Her professional life is a disaster, she has no sense of herself outside her family, and she can’t face another Monday. A chance encounter with Oliver, a handsome young actor, gives her the courage to leave her job and prove her real potential. Julianne’s confidence soars as she meets the challenges of revitalizing the failing community theater. The time she spends with Oliver opens her eyes to a certainty she’s never known before.
But as she starts to open her heart to Oliver, an old crush returns. Gavin, a famous movie director, has been Michael’s best friend for years and loved her as a little sister. The excitement and passion Julianne has developed for the theater shocks him into realizing she is a child no longer, but a beautiful, talented woman who has captured his heart.
Will Julianne choose glitz, or a steadfast love?
“An excellent exploration of the conflict that young professionals experience in contemporary society.”
“This is a wonderful romantic tale about a young woman finding herself. It is a clean read without scenes that make readers blush and contains insight into faith.”
The four Cole boys suffer abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father, while largely being left to their own devices by a heartbroken and overworked mother. Their adventures on their island home have become a welcome escape, and one of the only things in life the boys can truly rely on. Jessie, the youngest and a dreamer, becomes enamored with US plans for manned space flight and its race to the moon, stirring his own dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. In a strange twist of fate, it is the space program and the momentum it gains that abruptly brings their beloved island life to an end. The family is forced to move to the city and start anew.
Life in town creates new challenges, financial pressures, news of the Vietnam war and the impending threat of the military draft for Max, the eldest of the Cole brothers
“I admire how well the author conveyed the details of the space race with its failures and successes in its various stages, as NASA broke orbit, spent time in space, and finally reached the moon. Learning from the epic fails and accidents were valuable lessons of the consequences of our ambitions and the need to weigh the merits against the drawbacks. Jessie too realized these same factors in his own life. Seriously good writing here.”
“Rarely does a book capture my very essence and draw me in, not as a spectator, but as a participant. It took me back to a time when we all prayed our space program would outshine the Russians. Rebekah Lyn provided an historically correct depiction of life in the 60’s.”
Author note: The Coastal Chronicles are stand-alone stories tied together by the special vibe found in coastal communities. I grew up in a small Florida coastal town and some of the places I have visited that left a lasting impression on me are coastal towns.