Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars which I rounded up to 5 on Goodreads since Goodreads does not allow for half stars on its site.
We follow flight attendant Summer Benson after she survives a plane crash and her boyfriend (who she thought was going to propose) dumping her once she's in the hospital. She hightails it to Black Dog Bay in Delaware to lick her wounds after remembering the brochure being on the plane and mentioning that it was a place for those single and heart broken to recover. Once Summer arrives in Black Dog Bay she meets the year long residents, the summer residents, and the mayor and his sister who she finds herself attracted to and wanting to take care of in that order.
I found Summer to be hilarious from beginning to end. When she first arrives in Black Dog Bay she is beaten down, and as a reader I was surprised that she was honestly. She didn't seem keen on marrying her hot nice guy pilot boyfriend. And for her to take things as she did felt weird. We figure out why, but it was a long meandering road to get there, and once we did it made sense, but I wish that we had, had some sort of resolution to Summer and her parents in some way. That whole thing hung over the book and honestly was one of the reasons why I didn't give this five stars.
The book was funny and sad in parts, but mostly funny. Reading about Summer and the other women in Black Dog Bay trying to get over their exes sounded like my friends and I in our 20s when we would burn our exes pictures. I have no idea why women do this, we just do. I thought adding in the little wrinkle with Summer trying to deal with Black Dog Bay's orneriest resident also made things interesting. But, another reason why I didn't give this book five stars, was the choice that Summer was forced to make. I felt like for a second this book had switched over to a regency romance since those are the only books that have set-ups like this. It really didn't work for me at all in a contemporary romance.
I have been to Delaware many many times, and I did laugh a bit that Black Dog Bay Delaware was super popular with summer residents and had people living there who had million dollar homes. If this was a place a little closer to D.C. maybe I could buy it, but other than that the fictional little town sounded cute and I wish that it existed. The book store, the Whinery, the hair salon and other places sounded like every single women who has been dumped fantasy.
The chemistry between Summer and the mayor, Dutch Jansen was believable and actually made sense. With Dutch and Summer both thinking that she is only there for a set point in time, it made a lot of sense that they would get together thinking that there would be no strings attached.
I thought the ending was very cute and I promptly went and bough the second book in the series after I finished this.