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The One Who Stays

(Summer Island #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Lose your heart to Summer Island, where summers are easy, winters are cozy and friends welcome you with open arms.

Summer Island has always been home to Meg Sloan. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, like her grandmother did, and she loves the laid-back pace of life and the close-knit community the island offers. Meg also loves Zack Sheppard, a local man she’s been seeing for yea
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by HQN
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I enjoyed The One Who Stays, it provides a good book-cation! It was a cute and sweet romance.

Meg loves Summer Island, the memory of her grandmother, Summerbrook Inn (the inn her grandmother left her) and Zack, a local fisherman who simply won’t commit.

Seth is a “wander” searching for his past on Summer Island. He meets Meg as a handyman and helps Meg see her dreams again while remodeling Summerbrook Inn. What he didn’t plan on was falling for Meg.

Meg is conflicted with her attraction to Seth an
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I assumed, “The One Who Stays,” would have had more romance to it. 

40% through the heroine bored me. The story concentrated too much around her since she's getting to know herself. Meg is one boring ass chick. Nothing about her story or thoughts pulled me into the book. 

The first couple of chapters had me swiping until it fell flat. 

I was expecting a romance read instead of a woman discovering who she is on the
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg Sloan runs an inn on Summer Island, a small community on Lake Michigan that comes alive each year when tourists wake up their sleepy town. The Summerbrook Inn was originally established by her grandmother several years before Meg went to live there while recovering from a serious illness and afterwards, never left. She has a relationship with the commitment phobic Zack Shepard who spends weeks and sometimes months on the water as a commercial fisherman. Every time Zack leaves, Meg’s heart br ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The One That Stays is a good story about a young woman growing into herself & choosing what path her life would take going forward. Meg Sloan has had a lot dumped on her in her short life. This spring has her feeling down & depressed. Meg has to decide what is important to her & find the light & love in her life again. Two men are vying for her last be. Which will she choose? Or will she do the unexpected & leave the island?

Zack Sheppard is a commercial fisherman. To him, be
Marcie Robinson
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In “The One Who Stays”, Toni Blake delves into the world of women’s fiction. Her writing voice is perfectly suited to this genre.

The first book in the Summer Island series introduces us to Meg Sloan, the owner of Summerbrook Inn and several other residents of the island.
Meg loves the island and the inn. It’s a place where she sought shelter after a life-altering event. But now, she isn’t sure it’s a place she wants to be nor is she sure if she wants to be with Zack, a man she’s been in a non-co
Pelusa Rivera
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Well I was bored the heroine bored me and it was kind of hard to stay on course and read it til the end, but I did. It was sad to say that by the end or middle or whenever I could not care less who she would pick, ok let me back up and explain. So Meg has had a sort of-yes sort of relationship with Zack for 5 years but he wouldn't really commit yet everyone on the island saw them as a couple. When he goes off on on one of his fishing trips she ends up meeting Seth, convenient right? Any who she ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First off, this book read a bit more like women's fiction then a traditional romance. With the love triangle happening the firm romantic relationship can't be made to keep the mystery of who she will choose going through the story. This story also had a delightful secondary story, told via a found diary, of the h's grandmother back in her late teens. This story also had reoccurring themes that readers may notice, and was also quite heavy in the introspection. I liked the h Meg, but she was a lit ...more
Patty Champion
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time with this book. For me it was slow to start. I was h Alf way through the boom before it got interesting and even then it didn't do z good job of holding my attention.
Thenk you Netgalley and harlequin for allowing me to read this title for an honest review.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the setting of this book but not the characters. The perspective of the jilted man took away from the main love story. I didn't like how it was set up like the hero had nefarious intent. I was looking for a sweet simple romance. This book eventually got there but I could have done without those few elements
Synergy Quest
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This feels like women’s fiction at its purest. Throughout the course of The One Who Stays, the heroine, Meg, learns a lot about herself — what she wants out of life, how to speak up for herself, how to ask the hard questions and how to accept and enjoy what is being offered. She learns these things while reading her deceased grandmother’s diary. It draws her closer to this woman whom she’s admired all her life and allows her to discover the many parallels they share. It’s almost like a woman’s c ...more
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Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC eBook from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful story. Meg is the 40 year old innkeeper on Summer Island. Although she did have a life off island for a number of years, she endured a bout with leukemia. After her fiance dumped her when treatments started, she left her job and returned to Summer Island to rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate. Her grandparents had a wonderful life on the island along with her aunt. She has now inherited an
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Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel, nineteen notebook-pages long, and announced to her mother over breakfast one day that she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Since then, Toni has become the author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Her work has been excerpted in Cosmo, she's been a re ...more

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