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Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter
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Driftwood Lane

by Denise Hunter

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In Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter, Meridith Ward must overcome the emotional hurt caused by her father’s desertion and the trauma of her mother’s bipolar disorder. She must choose between a safe, stable life and the passionate, unpredictability of romance.

When her estranged father and his wife die in an accident, Meridith obtains custody of her three younger siblings. She moves to Nantucket into the family’s rundown bed and breakfast to be with the children through the rest of their school year. But no matter how hard she tries to establish a relationship, they push back. Meridith decides to give their beloved uncle custody, but since he took off on a motorcycle trip a month ago, no one can get hold of him. Here’s the big twist: the handsome handyman she hired to fix up the house is actually Uncle Jay, watching her, collecting evidence to prove he would be the better guardian. All of this chaos in Meridith’s organized life helps her to know in her heart that God is her Strong Tower and Refuge (Psalms 61:3).

Despite its dynamic opening and ingenious plot twists, Driftwood Lane leaves much to be desired in the middle and end. Denise Hunter finishes the story with a happy, but obvious ending. This reader feels that Hunter has much more to offer and wishes that the end could be as creative as the beginning. Also, for a series that is based in one distinct area of the world, I would like to have seen more descriptions of Nantucket. Hunter had a marvelous opportunity to tell her readers something more about this place but did not use it to its full advantage.

This is a pleasant conclusion to the Nantucket Love Story series...

Read the rest of the review at http://www.christianbookpreviews.com/christian-book-detail.php?isbn=1595548009 ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
I think this Driftwood Lane is the best one in the series. Meridith is left not only a bed and breakfast, but also the guardianship of her three siblings after her father suddenly passes. This is a cute story of Meridith finding herself, while learning that kids can be messy, wrapped up in a love story. ( )
  ChurchMouse70 | Oct 4, 2018 |
This was a feel good story and a heart warming romance. You know how it is going to end when you start reading it, but it is just enjoyable watching how it all comes about. You have Meridith Ward, who has a well ordered life, and who finds herself becoming guardians of 3 children she has never met. She must leave her well ordered life and travel to Nantucket to care for the children and try to care for the Bed and Breakfast their parents owned. Enter Jake, the children's uncle, who becomes the handyman who helps keep the Bed and Breakfast from falling apart, and who keeps his real identity a secret from Meridith. Meridith will have to learn to trust God with her fears and trust Jake with her heart.

A good summer read as you find yourself on Nantucket Island, enjoying walks along the beach, but also enjoying each of the characters in this story. It was fun to watch this mismatched family unit learn to like, then love one another. This is part of a series listed as; four women, four love stories, one island, escape to Nantucket, I enjoyed each story and felt they could all be read as a stand alone stories. If you want to get away and escape for the day, then grab "Driftwood Lane" and enjoy a relaxing and entertaining love story that will leave you refreshed and relaxed as you travel to Nantucket Island. ( )
  judyg54 | Sep 3, 2014 |
Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter
After having just read a few other books by Denise when I saw she had one of the Nantucket series available via my local library I ordered it.
Meridith Ward's father had remarried and had 2 boys and another girl that lived on Nantucket Island running a B&B. When she got the call that they had died and left her the inn and the kids she traveled to lend a hand til the uncle who the kids were close to had returned from his trip.
She, technically is the oldest of all the father's kids.
She has many plans for the B&B to spruce it up, sell it and move them all back to MI.
The story also follows Eva's brother, Jake and he's on vacation helping in the south with habitat for humanity. Once he learns of the accident he goes back to the island and tells the kids not to tell her that uncle J. is back in town, he wants to snoop so he can take evidence to the authorities and gain custody of the kids himself.
Love the setting and hearing of the architecture of the buildings on the island and hearing of the sea and decorations with shells.
She was a safety inspector and after her week off they had to let her go because she had no idea when she'd return to the state. Her fiance Stephen was also there...
She knows she must keep her distance from Jake since he's own the bid to fix up the B&B. Jake remembers his sister saying something about bipolar disease ran in the family and wonders if Meridith could have it...
Love hearing of the driftwood sculptures and anybody that works with their hands.
The scene where the child asks her about heaven is good and it reassures him that God is with their parents in heaven.
Face your fears and trust in God... ( )
  jbarr5 | Mar 10, 2013 |
We all know how one phone call out of the blue can change our lives. Meridith Ward received that call one day while she was at work inspecting a resturant. The call telling her that her estranged father and step-mother were killed and she was the guardian of 3 siblings that she never laid eyes on and had a Bed & Breakfast to take care of!This was an enjoyable, fast paced read. I love the charactor of Meridith and her willingness to drop everything and rush to Nantucket to take care of the kids until their uncle returns, or so she thinks. Meridith is a take charge woman and I felt she was much older than her 25 years. Uncle J or Jake as Meridith knows him is a funny, loveable guy. He's a bachelor who loves nothing more than riding his motorcycle. I loved the interaction between him and the kids, it was very touching. The scenes with Jake and Meridith were funny, touching, sad and explosive at times. Though Driftwood Lane is labeled as Christian fiction I did not find it preachy or in your face as I have found other books of this genre.I would recommend Driftwood Lane to anyone who needs a take me away book for the beach or a rainy weekend. It's nice at times to get lost in something that is not too deep. ( )
  SenoraG163 | Sep 10, 2011 |
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After her estranged father dies and leaves her in custody of three siblings she's never met, Meridith travels to Nantucket to care for them and becomes attracted to the handyman of her father's bed-and-breakfast. Can she trust God with the details and relish the adventure?… (more)

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