I have to admit – I am a sucker for books with water on the cover. The Things I Do For You by Mary Carter is the perfect beach book mainly because (and here’s another thing I loved about this book), it mentions lighthouses. Here’s the premise:
What happens to a marriage when a husband buys a lighthouse behind his wife’s back? Bailey Jordan has loved her husband, Brad, since they were ten years old. She’s followed him on every adventure – opening a sweater store in Seattle, a café in Colorado, a surf shop in Santa Monica. Each time, she’s picked up the pieces when things fell apart. But now, it’s her turn. Bailey has a successful real estate career in Manhattan, and she’s eager to start a family – until a car crash leaves Brad in a coma and changes their lives forever.
Awakening after his near-death experience, Brad has a new mission. He buys a lighthouse on the Hudson River, planning to turn it into a B&B. Grateful to have Brad alive, Bailey tries to make his dream her own. The lighthouse is beautiful, but the challenge – renovating, bringing in supplies by boat, navigating the locals and guests – are enormous. And then Bailey discovers a secret in Brad’s past that compels her to question her husband, her marriage, and how far she’ll go to keep them both.
Thoughtful and moving, The Things I Do For You exhibits a rare understanding of the joys, compromises, and small rebellions that lie at the heart of every marriage, and of the resilience and surprising power of love.
I will be reviewing this at the end of the month but there are so many issues here that closely resembles my own life, it’s not even funny.
So what does Mary think about having this wonderful book come to life?
“With some of my novels,” she says, “I feel nervous when release day approaches. I’m surprised to admit with this one, I’m just plain excited for others to enjoy it. Maybe it’s because I had a lot of fun writing it, (I’ve always loved lighthouses) and the characters took on a life of their own. It also means another chance to get my name out there, and to attract new readers. It means the story that spent a year in my head will get to spread its wings and fly. I love it when I start to forget that I am the one who created the characters in the first place. Sometimes I’ll sit and wonder what Brad and Bailey are doing in the lighthouse right now. They’ve lived past THE END. I can’t wait to see if others feel the same way. Every time an actor rehearses a play, it’s with opening day in mind. When I write, I think about my readers, and the day they first crack the book, whether on the beach, train, plane, or on the sofa, and this is what it’s all been for. It’s an exciting day!”
If you would like to pick up your copy of The Things I Do For You, visit Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Things-Do-For-You/dp/0758253370/ref=tmm_pap_title_0.
Readers can visit Mary at www.marycarterbooks.com.