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Secrets on Cedar Key by Terri DuLong

Secrets on Cedar Key

by Terri DuLong

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I love this author and all that she has written! This book didn't just follow the typical plot but sent the characters to different places, Paris, and also different twists in their lives too. A really feel good comfort read! Another awesome addition to the Cedar Key series. ( )
  mchwest | Apr 20, 2014 |
Marin Kane was 56 years old, a retired English professor and a fairly new widow (of husband Andrew). Since her two sons were grown and had 'left the nest', she sold her home and moved to Cedar Key to be with her mother. Dora, 78, was still very active in her knitting shop. Dora had a partner, Chloe who also welcomed Marin into the business. The three ladies decided to expand the knitting business to include needlepoint which Marin would manage for them. This required extensive remodeling. They hired a man, Ned, who gave them an estimate and began work. However, he had a heart attack and the work would have to be set back for about 2 months while he recovered. Enter... Worth Slater, 65, handsome, tall, and rather rich. Since retiring he liked to keep busy and offered to pick up the remodeling where his friend, Ned, left it.
Marin discovered that her husband had been unfaithful while they were married and had fathered a daughter, Fiona. It seems that he never visited the mother or the child, but he had set up child support. When Fiona's mother was killed in a car accident the lawyers were looking for Andrew to signoff on the money that had accumulated in the bank. When Marin was finally contacted in reference to the money she was shocked to learn of her husband's infidelity. This story relates to how she handled that knowledge and how it affected all the people involved... including the new man in her life, Worth Slater.
The book is well written with very likable characters and a thought provoking story line. I enjoyed it very much and look for more from this fine author. ( )
  bettysunflower | Apr 5, 2014 |
Secrets on Cedar Key by Terri DuLong
Love this series and know even without knowing who the book is about that it's another keeper. It involves knitting, a city in Florida and a sense of good community feelings.
Marin has lost her husband Andrew and moved to Cedar Key with her mother now that the boys are grown and set in their locations with work. She helps her mom and others run the yarn store. She wants to run a needlework area and when the contractor has a heart attack, Worth Slater takes over.
She finds out some money was being sent to two people who she has no idea who they are and will investigate.
The part I love about this book is the atmosphere of the yarn shop to everybody who walks in the door. The weekly meeting is also a time for great food, sharing and others with a similiar need to bond with one another.
As island life goes on Marin is getting closer to knowing the truth about her husband and arrangements are made for the funeral of a friend. She confides in others who are not sure what to believe and they are there for her regardless of the outcome.
If you have not read the other books in the series you are told of the important things that happened in the past-just NOT everything so the books can be read out of order. There are a lot of characters but you tend to remember who goes with who (names and careers are mentioned) and the story is easy to follow.
Marin takes things slow and gets acquainted with Worth. They have dinner a few times and she's able to go with him to his house where he claims he and his wife, now dead, had met her and Andrew at a charity function for the college. He had left an impression on her back then... and likewise...
Love all the charity work in the book: locks of love hair cuts, and fund raisers.
Funny how the gossip travels around town and the concept of a movie being filmed in town have some scurrying to shape up their shops. Love all the chat about the shops and changes that have occurred and new owners with other ones.
Marin learns neither of the boys will be home for Thanksgiving but her BFF will come for Christmas. She does have to face what to do with the account and tries to find some answers on the internet. Many stressful days and she books a flight to Paris which Andrew and her were to return to.
Her mother tells her why she was against her buying the house and she hopes she can forgive and move on with her life and that the trip to Paris will help. So many details besides booking the flight and she's grateful to have the offer of a place to stay while there.
Travel in Paris is breathtaking, many details and I feel as if I'm there, I've always wanted to go with my daughter.
She recalls things that bring up images of Andrew and their sons and how they interacted with one another and thought he did deserve forgiveness.
Symbolism of the afghans during the war was enlightening to listen to and so much needed then.
Sparks of romance and love in Paris. Marin feels good about herself and her decision, is it the right one?
Love how the book got it's name and this series just keeps getting better and better. I'm not sure how the author can put so much into 300 pages. If another wrote it, it'd have to be 600 pages. Prefer the 300 page myself. She's got a way with words, the right ones together.
What I also really like is having many generations of families so you see how the author is able to solve the current day problems with any age group.
I received this book from Kennsington in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  jbarr5 | Nov 26, 2013 |
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Since her husband Andrew’s unexpected death, 56-year-old Marin Kane and her two sons have moved in with her mother, Dora, who runs a knitting shop in the coastal island town of Cedar Key, Florida. Marin and Dora plan to expand the shop to include needlepoint and to hire wealthy retired architect Worth Slater to plan and execute the renovation. While Marin impatiently awaits this, she accidentally discovers that Andrew had an affair that produced a daughter and that he has kept a secret bank account for the girl. Now the bank needs Marin’s signature as his survivor to release the money. Stunned by Andrew’s unfaithfulness, Marin can’t decide what to do and discusses the situation with Dora and Worth, who has become a good friend. Should Marin meet the daughter? Sign the papers? To clear her head, Marin flies to Paris over Thanksgiving and stays in Worth’s apartment there. DuLong’s sixth low-key romance will enchant her fans and entice readers who love heartwarming, down-home stories. — Pat Henshaw ( )
  phenshaw | Nov 4, 2013 |
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"In the wake of her husband Andrew's sudden passing, there's nowhere Marin Kane would rather be than back on Cedar Key. Marin plans to run the needlepoint store next to her mother Dora's yarn shop, and settle once more into her tranquil hometown. Then a bombshell arrives: a secret daughter Andrew never revealed to anyone. Now nineteen, Fiona was the product of a summer affair Andrew had when he was out of town teaching - while Marin was home with their two small sons. All Fiona wants is a chance to meet her half-brothers and Marin - and through them get some sense of the father she barely knew. Marin isn't sure she can ever overcome her sense of betrayal. But buoyed by old friends - and a new love - the answers may unfold, guiding both Marin and Fiona to a true refuge at last."--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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