This story is told in three perspectives. Maggie Flynn’s and her two adult daughters, but the story mainly focuses on Maggie’s journey. After attending her highschool reunion in her old hometown in Massachusetts, her past comes to the forefront and a secret that she has carried for most of her life begins to be revealed.
I really enjoyed how this book highlighted the messiness that life can be but done in a lighthearted way. And the overall theme of learning lessons from the past and the courage to move forward onto new phases of one’s life was endearingly told. Although there were a few loose ends I would have liked to have been tied up in the end, I realize that just like life it doesn’t always work out that way.
And now, I leave you off with a partial quote within the book that is the essence of the story.
Friendship is complicated... Families are complicated. Love is complicated. But still and always, waves of the same sea.
It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one another. He shared Maggie’s dreams—and eventually, a shattering secret that drove them apart.
Buying her old family home and resettling in Wyndham Beach means a chance to start over for Maggie and her two daughters, but it also means facing her rekindled feelings for her first love and finally confronting—and embracing—the past in ways she never thought possible. Maggie won’t be alone. With her family and friends around her, she can weather this stormy turning point in her life and open her heart to the future. As for that dream shared and lost years ago? If Maggie can forgive herself, it still might come true.