* Review * THE CAFE AT BEACH END by RaeAnne Thayne

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* Review * THE CAFE AT BEACH END by RaeAnne ThayneThe Cafe at Beach End by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Cape Sanctuary #5
Published by Canary Street Press on June 13, 2023
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When Meredith Collins was a child, the little beach town of Cape Sanctuary lived up to its name. Spending summers there with her grandmother, Meredith finally felt safe and loved.

Now she’s returning in disgrace. Her late ex-husband swindled investors out of millions of dollars and made Meredith a figure of scorn—though she knew nothing about his scheme. But she still has the beach cottage she inherited from her grandmother and half ownership of the local café. It’s a place to work and earn a little money. That’s if her cousin, Tori, will let her through the door. Once, Tori and Meredith were as close as sisters—until Meredith chose her neglectful parents’ expectations over their bond. Now widowed with a teenage daughter, Tori isn’t setting out a welcome mat for the woman who let her down so badly.

While Meredith tries to make a fresh start, she is drawn to a mysterious writer renting the cottage next door. Liam Byrne’s kindness is a balm, though she worries he might not be so friendly if he knew who she was. But Liam has his own secret and a mission that will help Meredith confront her past—and maybe, claim a surprising future…


RaeAnne Thayne always delivers an addictive plot with endearing characters and lots of heartfelt emotion! The next book in her Cape Sanctuary series brings drama and rediscovery to an all time high as estranged family reconnects and healing begins to offer new life to old souls.

Meredith was a character that was really easy to feel compassion for. She carries the weight of her secrets on her shoulders and never once fails to take accountability for her actions and choices.

Tori was a bit of a tougher nut to crack and at times comes across as sanctimonious and harsh. She redeems herself a bit, but I felt the lack of a true healing for the past with the cousins.

I wanted a little more development in the ending which seems too abrupt, but overall I highly enjoyed my return trip to Cape Sanctuary and recommend this book as well as the entire series to all fans of small town romance with strong family and friend connections as a backdrop.


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