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The Love We Keep

(Summer Island #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Toni Blake returns with the most emotional, tender novel yet in her enchanting Summer Island series.

Suzanne Quinlan has been through a lot lately, so nothing sounds better than a peaceful winter in her cozy cottage on Summer Island. The last thing she wants is a massive lifestyle adjustment—especially when it comes in the form of an injured Zack Sheppard, who is sullen,
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Published January 28th 2020 by HQN Books
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Wow. Didn’t expect this story in the Summer Island series. Poignant, heart-breaking and wonderful. My favorite of the series even though I went into it wondering just how Suzanne (not one of my favorites) and Zack (definitely not my favorite) were going to work out. The story proved to be unbelievable.

Suzanne has not been the very cheeriest person throughout the first two books of this series. She always seemed to be the Debbie-downer of the group. She came into this story with a chip on her
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As a fan of Toni’s books for many years, I always have some pretty high expectations with her. I’ve noticed that her books have taken a bit of a different approach. In some of her other books, she used to have a small-town sexy vibe to them. But in the Summer Island books, it’s really more about the heart and emotions.

THE LOVE WE KEEP takes a much slower approach that burns brightly. It contains quite a lot of heartbreak and emotions, delving deep into the characters and their stories. The
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was the conclusion of the Summer Island Trilogy and I was quite impressed with how the author chose to end this series. Suzanne, is having a rough time. She turned down Beck's advances in the first book of this series and then decided that she wanted him in the second one. Unfortunately, he had moved on and was now engaged to Meg's sister Lila. Suzanne is feeling sorry for herself when she is needed to help Zack. Zack, fell down the stairs of his house and has seriously injured his back. ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0120, con-rom, priority
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The Love We Keep was a bittersweet novel about the unpredictability of life, love and friendship, and how good can still flourish even after heartbreaking changes have happened.

“When love finds you, keep it. Hold on to it. Cherish it. Because I fear in the end we will find that love is all there is, all that counts for anything.”

Toni Blake has done a fabulous job with this Summer Island series, creating a community and a ragtag bunch of residents who seem
Harlequin Books
Small Town & Rural Fiction, Contemporary Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Summer Island (Book #3)
Just not for me and this makes me sad because I’ve loved her books in the past.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Icy steps lead to Happily Ever After - a deeply emotional and poignant finish to Toni Blake's Summer Island series.

Suzanne Quinlan is a relative newcomer to Summer Island. She hasn't experienced very many isolated winters there yet. Summer Island is a well-loved tourist location until winter turns the island into an isolated location with the ferry from the mainland unable to run back and forth. Many shop owners close their shops for the icy cold duration. Suzanne owns the florist shop, Petal
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great story to end the series. It's a story of forgiveness and redemption: of people who thought they were enemies become friends. The depth of emotion in her characters is hmbling. You can empathize with Suzanne and Meg as their friendship weathers many challenges. The honesty between Zack and Suzanne as she nurses him back after his injury is raw and honest.

Dahlia's connection and influence on all the characters ends up uniting them as they face the biggest challenge of all. Although
Marcie Robinson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Love We Keep” by Toni Blake is a deeply emotional, beautifully written story. It is book 3 of the Summer Island series and features Suzanne Quinlan and Zack Sheppard.

Those who read the previous books (“The One Who Stays”, “The Giving Heart”), are familiar with Suzanne and Zack. In this book, we are taken deeper into who they are and how their past has shaped them.
You may not think Suzanne and Zack are perfect for each other, but they both have the ability to mend what seems broken in the
Kate Vale
Another in the Summer Island series, in which a slip on an icy set of steps effects Suzanne, a nurse, Zack Sheppard, a fisherman, and his aunt Dahlia, in profound and life-changing ways.

Zack's injury moves from bruises to paralysis that frightens him to his core, particularly after the local doctor tells him he may never be able to board his boat, the Emily Ann, ever again. When Dahlia leaves town to spend the winter on a sunny beach, Suzanne feels she is stuck taking care of Zack. She never
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was not the quick romance that I was expecting. There is a lot more going on in this book than just a lighthearted romance. Tragedy occurs in the story and it takes on some dark concepts.
Suzanne Quinlan is the main female character in this book. She is a widow who runs a flower business. She has just had her heart crushed by the man she was interested in and now finds herself taking care of her best friend's ex-boyfriend whom she has never liked. Suzanne isn't sure how winter can get
I think I've already said somewhere that this is a really weird romance series and I stand by that assessment. This is the third book in the series and we've got Dahlia acting weird and leaving the island for winter, which is not a thing she's ever done before. Then we've got Zach having an accident and needing someone to take care of him, which lands in Suzanne's lap because she's a nurse. For some reason, Meg is suddenly like, "wow, it's hard to have this person I loved for so long need help ...more
Traci Westling
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d RATE THIS A 10 if possible! Absolutely beautiful gut wrenching emotional story ... the reader will become engaged so quickly that she’ll find it extremely difficult to set this aside for any given moments ! The extreme emotions that continue without will have you wanting to race to the end to find out not only how Zach & Suzanne fair through all the story but we will learn why dear Aunt Dahlia disappears & why !Tissues are mandatory & you’ll thank you for this high ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I never much cared for the hero or heroine in previous books. She showed a bit more spine in this book at least. But be never came across as much of a catch. For such a small town it seemed odd that no one else stepped into help and that no one saw Giselle getting groceries or going onto dahlias house. This series just never hit the right tone for me
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Love We Keep!!

Well this was a tough book. It was very good but a lot of crazy things happening. For Suzanne and Zack, that was a pleasant surprise. So glad they were able to find each other. It was nice the Suzanne and Meg were able to really make up. It was pretty sad there towards the end, very hard. Great book though.
I loved this series. I liked the setting and enjoyed the characters. Overall I feel like Toni Blake did a great job of bringing it all together. This was probably my least favorite of the three, but still a solid addition to the series.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I found the character to be very tropy.
Maureen Hubley
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took a while to get into the book but I loved it and couldn't put it down. I will try to find the other books in the series.
Sandra Osborne
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story of Toni Blake . I would recommend this series to anyone ! Such heartfelt stories I love .
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in the series. Loved this book
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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 ...more

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