Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Review - Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain

Book Synopsis
Welcome to Safe Haven, where love—and a second chance—is just around the corner…

Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean—it’s the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they’ve made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she’s just escaped and not the rugged contractor who caught her setting up house in the shuttered beachfront cabins he’s refurbishing. When he offers Anna and her daughters a place to stay in exchange for her help with renovations, she’s tempted. His gentle way with her girls makes her want to trust him, but she’s been wrong before…

A family is the last thing contractor and former military man Sean O’Dwyer wants right now. But when he discovers Anna and her girls, he recognizes kindred spirits. They’re survivors who’ve seen the worst of people, just like he has, and he’ll do anything he can to help them. As he and Anna spend their days bringing the cottages back to life and their nights sharing kisses in the warm bayou breezes, Sean must choose between the life he always wanted and the family he can’t live without.


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My Review
Low Country Hero is the first book in Lee Tobin McClain's new Safe Haven series.  It is a southern novel set in the small coastal town of Safe Haven, South Carolina.  Anna George comes to live in Safe Haven with her young twin daughters after escaping her abusive husband.  While she is staying in an empty cottage by the beach she meets contractor Sean O'Dwyer, who has been hired to renovate the cottage and surrounding community.  A slow friendship and romance begins as Anna struggles to escape her past.

I was interested in reading Low Country Hero because of the setting.  I love southern novels, and especially love books set on the coast.  The author captured the Lowcountry coast perfectly - from the warmth of the people to the delicious southern food.  

Anna is a very sympathetic protagonist.  She is a warm, kind person, a devoted mother, and she really works hard to make a new life for herself and her daughters.   Sean is also a very likeable character.  He is working, too, to put his past behind him (his mother was an abused woman and he was raised in foster care).  I found their romance that began as a slow building friendship very realistic.

The novel explores domestic violence, including Anna's story, her new friend who runs a women's shelter in town, and the story of Sean's mother.  I felt this more serious storyline was handled very sensitively and it brought some real depth to what would otherwise have been a light romance.

This is the first of three books and I already look forward to continuing this series.  I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys women's fiction or romance with a more serious theme.  The southern setting is sure to appeal as well!

Author Bio
Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. When she’s not writing emotional love stories with happy endings, she’s probably driving around a carload of snarky teen girls, playing with her rescue dog and cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University’s MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.


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1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

You're right, domestic violence is a tough topic to handle in a book and it sounds like this author nailed it! This setting is one of my favorites as well. Thanks for being on this tour!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours