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Maggie Mitchell returns to her hometown of Silver Bay expecting to bury her father, her past, and move on. But when Josh Harden, her high school sweetheart, shows up, her world gets turned around.

Drawn to Josh, but afraid of their history, Maggie’s head tells her she can handle things alone, but her heart says otherwise.

Recognizing a second chance when he sees one, Josh is determined to win Maggie’s heart once more and show her that she can trust love and begin again.

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    Return to Silver Bay

    Return to Silver Bay by Lara Van Hulzen is filled with sorrow, hope, love, and unexpected family secrets. It took me a little while to figure out Maggie, why she left, and her history with Josh. At times it felt a bit too long though because I wanted to understand these characters better. Maggie is really struggling with a lot of things, and her past and family life plays a big role in this. She's never been able to move on or forget the harsh way she was treated by her father. This has affected her whole life - from where she lives to relationships she has (or doesn't have). Returning to Silver Bay is difficult for her for many reasons, and I really found myself hoping she could put the past to rest at last and move on. An unexpected family secret Maggie discovers casts more shadows and doubts, but at the same time explains a lot for Maggie. The friendships she has in Silver Bay and the comforting place pull at her, but does she have the strength to stay this time? For me Maggie was an ok character and my feelings towards her are neutral. I liked Josh, the caring he shows Maggie, the hope he has, and the gentle way he pursues Maggie. I liked the secondary characters in Silver Bay and how they all embraced Maggie on her return. Return to Silver Bay is along the lines of an inspirational romance. Despite Maggie's inner turmoil, there's no angst, no real conflict, and the story gently flows. If you enjoy inspirational romances I'd recommend Return to Silver Bay.

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    Great inspirational read

    This is a sweet inspirational read that had my heart sighing. Maggie Mitchell had a childhood that no one should have to endure. She left Silver Bay to get out from under her emotionally abusive father and has never looked back. When she did that she also left high school sweetheart Josh Harden. Josh has never gotten over Maggie even though he understands why she left. Now that Maggie has returned to Silver Bay to bury her father and tie up his estate, Josh has no plans of letting her go. He's determined to convince her of all the wonderful things and people waiting for her right here in Silver Bay. This is one I definitely recommend.

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    A pleasure to read

    Return to Silver Bay by Lara Van Hulzen was a sweet surprise to read. It was somewhat different from what I had expected but a good surprise. It was, to me, full of surprises, not as easy to recognize as you would have thought, and it was nice in this genera to be surprised. It was filled with well rounded, well described characters and that made the story a good one. A pleasure to read.

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    A Seeet and Inspirational Story

    "Return to Silver Bay" by Lara Van Hulzen is book one in the "Silver Bay" series. This Maggie Mitchell and Josh Harden's story. Josh and Maggie were sweethearts in high school, but due to circumstances things did not end well for them. Maggie had a difficult childhood and still struggles with issues from her past. Maggie is back to take care of things since her father's death. During this time back home Maggie discovers some things that make her question everything she thought she knew about her life. Maggie and Josh get reacquainted and they both still have feelings for each other. Will they be able to overcome the circumstances that tore them apart? Will the things Maggie discovered hold her back! This is a sweet, clean, and inspirational story. Josh is so sweet and understanding with Maggie. I loved his character. The supporting characters are great too. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review.

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    sweet!

    Great read about rediscovering love. Nicely written, heartwarming story, likeable characters. A worthwhile read.

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