From national bestselling author Rochelle Alers comes the unforgettable story of three strangers whose lives are forever changed on a sultry island off the South Carolina coast....
DR. HOPE SUTTON has everything she's always wanted: a winning career as an advice columnist and a hard-lovin' man who is not afraid to commit. But just when she's ready to settle down she finds out her man's been living a double life. Now she has to get a new one of her own -- starting with a soul-searching trip to McKinnon Island. REBECCA OWENS is a devoted wife and stay-at-home mother in desperate need of a vacation -- alone. But will spending the summer on McKinnon Island help her to get it together...or will she be tearing her family apart? THEODORE HOWELL has had a lot of success as a screenwriter. But his personal life? It's a mess. Suddenly the guardian of two half brothers and a half sister, how will this tried-and-true bachelor find room in his life for surrogate fatherhood and his demanding career?
Their answers lie somewhere on sandy shores....
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June 22, 2005
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Excerpt from Lessons of a Lowcountry Summer by Rochelle Alers
Every night we make love, every hour we are parting.
Dear Dr. Hope,
Last year I married a man who is the father of my four-year-old son. My husband also has a ten-year-old daughter from a prior relationship. He is a supportive partner, and a loving and affectionate father, but his daughter's mother is making my life a living hell. A month after we were married, she began dropping off her daughter at our house every weekend and during school holiday recesses with the excuse that she wants her to get to know her brother better. The girl is disrespectful to me, but only when her father is not around, and rebels by refusing to bathe or change her clothes. I have spoken to my husband about her behavior, and he says she's just going through a phase. It may be a phase, but it is putting a strain on my marriage. After a rather heated argument, I threatened to leave him because I am tired of being used by a woman who is not above using her daughter to disrupt our household.
Stressed out in San Antonio.
Hope Sutton stared at the letter, seeing, yet not registering, the words; she'd answered the same query thousands of times since she had become an advice columnist for a leading New York City daily. She had been a high school psychologist with a small private practice when she had begun her "Dr. Hope's Straight Talk" column for the newspaper's weekend edition. What had been a temporary assignment had become a publishing success for her. Four years later, her daily syndicated column appeared in more than eighteen hundred papers nationwide.