I believe that we have another breakout Author. This book was fresh, the story line seemed real and the characters were all very colorful without being camp.
John Wells was a successful man on Capital Hill working as the Chief of Staff for one of the States most powerful Senators. His love life was not going so well, he finds out his partner has been cheating on him, or was John cheating on him with his job? This was the beginning of a downward spiral for John, news of his job and a late night tragedy send John running. He runs to Provincetown, where he reinvents himself by becoming Peter Wells. Peter was John’s twin that was lost at birth. I have to admit, while I was reading, the changing of identities bothered me a little but as I read further it really made sense and it was what brought out the pivotal emotions in the story.
If you have ever lived in or near a resort town like P-town, the full time residents do have a certain camaraderie and the Author chose these residents to write about instead of the weekend travelers. As with any Art, Resort town the residents are colorful. This is another area that the story was so well written, like I said earlier, this book felt real and it was because of the secondary characters in the book. All of the characters were brought to life but we weren’t overexposed to any of them. The story is about John/Peter and his road to discovering who he really is.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a Romance even though I tagged it as one. Part of that journey of finding out who John really is and accepting himself he runs across a local recluse. A very handsome and rugged man, they become friends and work together on restoring an old chapel on the island. The attraction is there and the romantic gestures are there, but it isn’t really what the story was about, it was used as the catalyst to awaken John from Peter’s new life.
This book I gave a 5 star rating because of the Original content, great storytelling, lovable and believable characters and polished writing.
Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.
Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.