Bayside Escape (Bayside Summers)

40811523Bayside Escape
by Melissa Foster
Release Date:  March 6, 2019
Publisher: World Literary Press
Book #4 of the Bayside Summers series
An offshoot of the Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages:  276
Kindle Edition
Source:  Pre-ordered through Amazon
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 3/7/19 to 3/8/19


Two years ago Violet Vancroft was a nomadic artist who never wanted to put down roots and Andre Shaw was a prominent Boston physician whose roots ran too deep to unearth. Their love didn’t stand a chance-or at least that’s what Violet believed when she received a plea for help from the sister she’d never really known-so she snuck away like a thief in the night. 

Now Andre travels the world setting up new medical clinics, and Violet has finally found the family she’d always craved and the roots she’d never known she wanted. When their paths cross unexpectedly, it’s not the reunion either one imagined. But they’ve never stopped loving each other, and after the dust of anger and hurt settles, passion ignites even hotter than before. As the end to Andre’s time at the Cape nears, reality sets in, leaving them no closer to a future than they were before. Violet and Andre are forced to dig deep to discover if they’re destined to live apart forever or if true love really can conquer all.

VIOLET!!! Man, it’s great to finally see her get her HEA.  Violet could sometimes rub me the wrong way throughout this series, but I always knew there was a heart of gold inside. I also knew her story would give me all the feels.

We get to see behind the curtain, so to speak, of Violet’s life.  All her friends and her sister know is that she goes off on her own a lot and doesn’t ever give any clue as to where she goes.  Due to some incidents early in her time at the Cape everyone assumed she was going out and getting her freak on.  That is so far from the truth but was an understandable assumption.  Turns out that Andre knows her far better than anyone else even thought they only knew each other for a short time in their past.  There was an instant connection back then, and there’s an instant connection when they meet up again.  Of course, there are a lot of bad feeling to be aired and apologized for first.

I loved meeting all of Violet’s friends we haven’t met before.  Well, we actually have met some of them in other books, just not in relation to Violet.  So old favorites were revisited and tied into this part of Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom universe.  A lot of new and interesting characters were also introduced.

Andre is such a caring and warm guy.  He very cautiously helps Violet to see that she’s not only isolating herself by keeping her life in separate compartments, but she’s also hurting those that love her.  This prompts her to finally open up to Desiree about her feelings going all the way back to when their parents divorced.  By doing so, Violet was able to see a different side to that time and her parent’s story and start healing.

There is a lot of love in this story.  Andre and Violet (I love his nickname for her!), Violet and Desiree, the whole group of friends at the coffee shop as well as those at Bayside.  On and on, there is love and respect for each other and their community.  I always enjoy this author’s tales.

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 25 and living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin, is 21 and in the Army stationed across the country in Washington where he lives with his beautiful wife, Kirsten. They're expecting our first grandchild this fall! I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago, but recently went back part-time to learn a new trade working at a small family owned coffee shop.
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