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The Giving Heart

(Summer Island #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Spend a white Christmas on Summer Island, where the fires are warm and the romance is hotter

Lila Sloan wonders why she ever thought house-sitting for her sister Meg on the remote Summer Island was a good idea. And to make matters worse, local real estate developer Beck Grainger is trying to cut down the beautiful trees that line the property. Lila can’t let this happen; Meg wi
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Published October 29th 2019 by HQN Books
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This is an honest review to combat all the fake BS reviews written..!


First of, the blurb is misleading. This is NOT about Lila & Beck - but Beck, Suzette (OW) and Lila (to some small degree)! Confused? Yep, that's how I was going in. I expected to read a story about two folks as the blurb stated and about their "angst". What I was not expecting is a triangle of some form in which leaves the reader confused as to who the actual heroine is in this sto
Good continuation of the series. It opens with a rush as Lila, who is inn-sitting for her older sister Meg, sees a bulldozer knocking down trees behind the inn. She rushes out in her pajamas and slippers determined to stop it. There she encounters Beck, real estate developer, and owner of the land. She's stunned to hear of the plans to build houses on that hill and furious over what it will mean to the inn. She's determined to stop him in his tracks. Beck, who made his first appearance in the pr ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I’m so glad that Toni Blake is going back to write these kind of Contemporaries. In a time when Contemporary Romance is very popular but the focus is usually on being humorous or sexy, I really find myself gravitating to books like Blake’s where there’s a lot of emotion and conflict. I yearn for stories that mean something and I think Toni’s books always have a purpose to them that not everyone appreciates.

I completely enjoy her slower pace writing style. I love the small town feel to the series. I love t
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.5 stars

I am really enjoying the Summer Island series. Toni Blake has a way of bringing a story full circle and this one was no different but it also came with a beautiful message. Giving. Lila was running away, again. She knows she has done this her whole life and knows that it has to stop. It’s time she becomes the responsible person everyone could rely on. Step One … help out the sister she wasn’t there for when she needed her the most. Step Two … well, she’ll get to that when sh
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the second book in the Summer Island series, but the first I have read. I had no problem following this story and it can definitely be read as a standalone book. This book opens with a bang and kept going strong. Lila is inn-sitting for her older sister Meg, when she hears cracking sounds. Looking out the window, she sees a bulldozer knocking down the trees behind the inn. She rushes out in her pajamas and slippers determined to stop the destruction. She meets the real estate developer b ...more
Dash fan
4☆ A Warm and Cosy Romance

The Giving Heart is a cosy warm romance.
I wasn't aware that this was part of a series although this can be read as a standalone i did feel i missed out on a little character development.

Lila is looking after her sister Megs Inn whilst she's away.
But what she didn't know, was that a developer has set his sights on the land and wants to bulldoze down the trees in the area.

Beck the developer is very Handsome and Lila doesn't
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a broken woman returns to her grandmother’s inn to recover and find peace, she stubbornly pushes away a chance at happiness instead. Will she be able to forgive and choose love?

Book 2 of the Summer Island series is a charming Christmas love story about Lila and Beck. Lila is desperate, tired, and has made a promise to become a more responsible person by saving the inn from Beck’s land development project. Beck is attracted to the cute and crazy Lila who stopped a bulldozer while
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christmas stories don’t get much more heartfelt or complicated than in The Giving Heart by Toni Blake. Enemies-to-lovers goodness with a bit of a love triangle–and of course the true spirit of the season–made Summer Island the perfect place to be for Christmas this year.

Book two in Toni Blake’s Summer Island series had all the entertaining antics and emotional depth that book one did–and it even carried another love triangle theme. There was no cheatin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Lila and Beck were not what I was expecting from either the blurb or the cover of this book. Lila is very immature and kind of scattered. I didn’t feel as much chemistry as I would have liked or expected. Beck seems like a decent guy, but I didn’t really warm to him, either. And don’t get me started on Suzanne.
I’ll try another Toni Blake book in the future, but Summer Island doesn’t feel like the series for me. 2.5 stars
I liked this one but was so so on the romance part. I found myself more enjoying Beck and the little boy's adventures and Lila telling everyone why she escaped to the Island. I think both Beck and Lila learned more about themselves through these things than they did their big romance.
4 Stars

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Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok. It seemed a little juvenile to me. I liked the hero but the heroine was a bit annoying. Even he gave up on her after a while. It felt a little odd to just shoehorn the #metoo stuff. I felt more time could have been spent on that stuff than on Suzanne. She just seems sad at this point. I enjoyed the authors previous series, but this one not so much.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Review will posted on my blog during my blog tour spot on October 30, 2019**

3.5 Stars
Thank you to HGN Books and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

I didn’t read the first book in this Summer Island series but I think The Giving Heart can stand pretty good on it’s own.

Lila is inn-setting for her sister Meg on Summer Island, a place in Northern Michigan where not even vehicles are allowed there. But Lila has an ulterior motive for being
Sarah Pie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been craving holiday romances and I've enjoyed the ones I've read, but The Giving Heart just consumed me. So much so that I've reread it several times over the past week.

There's just something about this book that pulled me in. Consumed my thoughts and feelings. Maybe it's the small town feel - that sense of community that is unique to the residents. I've always wondered what it's like to live on a small island and reading books like this make me crave to experience that. Or it could have
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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THE GIVING HEART is an absolutely charming Christmas read that I would highly recommend picking up! Similar to the first book, this one also contains a love triangle (though much less potent/more lopsided) that is done in a way that makes complete sense. Lila is watching the inn on the small Summer Island during December, while her sister Meg is away. It is off-season, and the small island is sparse and secluded.

This is perfect for Lila, who has left Chicago after a series of terribl
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toni Blake brings us a wonderfully cozy romance in The Giving Heart, just in time for the Christmas season. I don’t know what is more idyllic than a secluded island with tons of snow and thousands of twinkling lights.

I will admit that I love romance novels. I also fully admit that I gave them up some time ago because, without fail, they make me cry. The Giving Heart is no different. I cried happy tears and sad tears, but this book is worth your time.

The backdrop for this
Readers are transported back to Summer Island just in time for a White Christmas sprinkled with romance.

Lila is inn-sitting for her sister Meg. While she believes she has everything under control, she is startled that there are plans to tear down the trees and build houses. She bumps heads with the developer who also happens to be a friend of her sister. She is willing to do whatever to derail his plans to destroy the land.

Beck finds himself at odds as he tries to reason
Jane Hunt

The second in the Summer Island series, it’s close to Christmas and it’s snowing, the idyllic setting for this lovely feel-good romance. Lila is on Summer Island to help her older sister Meg, who is taking time out with her new boyfriend. Lila is hurting, after a bad experience at work, which forces her to rethink her career. Helping her sister gives her the solitude she needs until someone disturbs it. Forcing Lila into a confrontation she neither needs or feels capable of, but she has to prote
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a return to the remote Summer Island at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lila has gone there to recover from a disaster on her previous job. She’s house-sitting for Meg, the heroine of the first book in the Summer Island series. There in the winter and this island that resembles Mackinac Island, the permanent residents band together in the cold. Lila is shocked to find out that a wealthy, real estate developer, Beck, is planning to cut down the trees right behind Lila and Meg’s grandmoth ...more
Marcie Robinson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back to Summer Island in “The Giving Heart” by Toni Blake.
It’s winter on the island and Lila Sloan is staying at Summerbrook Inn while her sister Meg (“The One Who Stays”) takes a trip to the mainland.

Lila believes she hasn’t been the best sister to Meg and when Beck Grainger’s land development threatens the Inn, Lila will do what needs to be done to protect the family legacy. She doesn’t count on an attraction to this handsome man with kind eyes.
Beck moved to the isla
Kathleen Gray
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No! That's Lila's first reaction when she discovers that the trees behind her grandmother's home- now an inn- are about to be cut down. And no to you too is her reaction to Beck, the real estate developper who is cutting them down in order to build homes there. Lila is house sitting (inn sitting really) for her sister Meg, who is on a well deserved vacation so she throws herself into the fight but then....there's chemistry. There's more to this than the romantic enemies to lovers HEA you're expe ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Lila Sloan has come to Summer Island to house-sit the family run inn for her sister Meg. She's hoping for some peace and quiet and what she gets is a bulldozer knocking down trees on the hill behind the inn.
Beck Grainger is trying to make the island more accessible by building luxury homes. He never expected the impassioned resistance he gets from Lila as she places herself in front of the bulldozer. He certainly admires her tenacity and wants to ease the hurt his actions are causing. So bringi
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely bed & breakfast named after the trees surrounding it & giving it privacy & a beautiful scene. A temporary house sitter that has always felt she didn’t support her sister during her medical scare. A local real estate developer trying to make his mark & bring progress to the small town. This story is heading for a head on collision & only one can possibly win. Lila & Beck are at opposite ends of the battle but their chemistry keeps interfering in their battle. This ...more
Lovely Loveday
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Giving Heart is the second book in the Summer Island series by Toni Blake. A captivating Christmas romance with the beautiful holiday setting and wonderful sense of community, The Giving Heart is definitely a well-written page-turner you will not want to put down! While this is part of the Summer Island series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. A story that is full of hope, love, understanding, and forgiving that is sure to leave you believing in the spirit of the holiday season. ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this free book from the publisher for honest review.

4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is the first time reading from this author.

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I like this series, I love the setting of Summer Island. I will say I was much more invested in the first book, with Meg and Seth. However I enjoyed this one all the same.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Giving Heart!!

What an amazing book!! I just love all the emotions I feel reading Toni’s books. She really makes you feel everything these people are going through. She’s a very special author!!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Lila and Beck Granger. Lila is recovering  from a mess that happened at her previous job.Lila was house-sitting for her sister Meg on a remote Summer Island. Local real estate developer Beck Grainger wants to cut down the beautiful trees on the property line but Lila can't let this happen. Her sister Meg would never forgive her. 

Beck understands why Lila is upset. He doesn't like being at odds with his friend's sister. Especially since he is attracted to her. Lil
Stormy Feibel
Complementary book given for honest review.

Lila and Beck have a fun chemistry that begins as Lila is Inn-sitting for her sister. This book is a lovely read for someone that loves to watch a community unfold.
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC copy of The Giving Heart from HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) - HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Giving Heart is set for publication October 29, 2019.
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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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Summer Island (4 books)
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  • The One Who Stays (Summer Island, #1)
  • The Love We Keep (Summer Island #3)