The Giving Heart

The Giving Heart

by Toni Blake

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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 will never forgive her.

Beck can understand Lila’s anger—sort of. The trees are actually on the neighboring property, and the land was zoned for development months ago, so his plans were no secret. But he dislikes being at odds with his friend’s sister, especially because Lila is appealing in every way: loyal, quick-witted and completely stunning.

Lila hates that she’s so attracted to Beck, who seems like a genuinely good man, despite his tree-murdering tendencies. And their chemistry is off the charts. She just wishes he’d let this development go. As Summer Island counts down to a snowy Christmas, Lila and Beck will have to strike a compromise that seems impossible for them both—or risk losing the best thing either of them has ever had.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335505057
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Series: Summer Island , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 58,214
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Since then, she has written over twenty contemporary romance novels. Her books have received the National Readers' Choice Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, her work has been excerpted in Cosmopolitan, and she has been nominated for a RITA Award. Toni lives with her husband in Northern Kentucky.

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The Giving Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
boclairedesigns 24 days ago
It was good to return to Summer Island and reconnect with the characters from the first book in the series. Meg is off with new beau Seth visiting the grandfather he reconnected with in the first book. In steps her sister Lily to stay at the Inn on Summer Island while they're away. She needs to regroup and decide what's next in her life after a sexual harassment charge against her boss results in her being fired. She never expects to defend her sister Meg and the trees on adjacent land from a man she sees as a money hungry developer. As she gets to know him and they both share stories they grow closer. They never expect the connection that forms. He's expressed interest in Meg's best friend, Suzanne, who up to this point has made it clear she has no interest in him. She realized that's not the truth and he acts impeccably when confronted with the change of her feelings. A great holiday story that can be read alone and I recommend you do read it! I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest opinions.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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 grandmother’s house which is now an inn. She vows to stop Beck and, of course, he’s attracted to this crazy woman trying to stop a bulldozer while wearing PJs and slippers in the snow. Beck turns out to be a lovely guy who now must choose between the two women he’s attracted to: Lila or the plant store owner who has been resisting Beck’s overtures for months. I didn’t like the plotline of having the hero divided between two appealing women, but I’m hopeful that a third book will introduce a HEA for the unlucky woman who doesn’t win Beck. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Yolanda Margolin 3 months ago
*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 there also, to escape something that happened to her in Chicago. Beck Grainger is an estate developer who is about to raze down trees on Meg’s property and Lila is not having it. What starts off as an escape for Lila has turned into a mission to protect Meg’s estate…and then some. I was all for this romance between Lila and Beck but what I didn’t anticipate is the storyline of Beck’s past interest in another Summer Island resident, Suzanne. Like I said, I didn’t read book one so if that’s where he flirted with Suzanne then I can understand it. But coming in fresh into this book, I really didn’t like Beck’s feelings for two women. Outside of that though, Lila and Beck’s story is a fun and spicy Christmas romance with a lot of angst too, mostly because Lila is not a resident of Summer Island, so there is that to figure out between them. I love their interactions, bickering and banter. But the story isn’t only about them falling for each other. Lila is going through some tough times with what happened in Chicago and Beck has issues to deal with his past estranged relationship with his dad. It’s one of those books that would make a great Hallmark Channel Christmas movie! It’s sweet, heartfelt, it has its hot moments and the characters have personal issues to work through as well. The setting of Summer Island sounds like a wintry, wonderland dream! Not that I would want to be stuck on an island with bad winter conditions but it makes for a great romantic setting. And the cast of characters adds to the setting as well, the people are nice and friendly, especially to nonresidents like Lila. Like any Christmas romance novel it ends with a very happily ever after. And will Suzanne get her HEA in the next book? I hope so, because I felt awful for her! This is definitely the kind of novel to enjoy right after spooky season is done or if you like to read holiday romance novels year round as well, more power to you! The Giving Heart will definitely give you the holiday feels.
GratefulGrandma 3 months ago
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 behind the project, Beck, and is shocked to hear that luxury homes will be built on the land that they always took for granted. Lila does not leave the scene until she had the key to the bulldozer. As the story progresses, Beck is determined to get Lila to give him back the key of her own accord. I really liked Lila and Beck, though Lila had her moments when she annoyed me. She has come to Summer Island to hide and recover from a situation at her last job, as well as to allow her sister to take a vacation. She is determined to save the trees as she feels the Inn will be destroyed if the forest is gone. She has guilt about a something from their youth and she feels she can't let Meg down again. Beck is a self-made man who is looking to find some peace of his own on Summer Island, as well as bringing progress to the island community. Dealing with the recent death of his father, he feels bad about their estrangement, but still feels it was justified. He has a lot of baggage dealing with his memories that he needs to reconcile with. Their relationship was interesting to follow. The sparks were there from the moment they met, but there was too much between them. As much as her actions irritate him, Beck is attracted to Lila. There is a pull of attraction, then Lila's feelings about his plans cause her to push him away. Over the next few weeks, they are constantly drawn together and if it weren't for the trees, they would have been together much sooner. As they finally opened up to each other about their pain and heartbreak, I loved the way they were there for one another, both giving the other what they needed. I really enjoyed the secondary plot of young Cade. He was a little boy visiting his grandparents across the street from Beck. They became friends and he made sure that Santa found Cade on the island. The subplot that I I wasn't impressed with was the relationship between Beck and Suzanne. I am glad the way it worked out though. With a storm stranding them all on Summer Island, I enjoyed how they were able to celebrate Christmas and how their relationships were strengthened. There is also a storyline dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, and I really liked how this played out. Of course this is a romance so they will get their HEA, but the story that takes you there is well done. I will say there is some descriptive sex scenes that are not too long, so if that is not your cup of tea, you could skim over them. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ann Marie Gideon. I enjoyed her performance of this story and thought her expression and intonation was well done. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this audiobook upon request. The rating, opinions and ideas shared are my own.
onemused 4 months ago
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 terrible events (which we learn about later). She is also eager to try to make things up for Meg, who she feels like she let down when she was a teen and Meg had cancer. When she finds out a developer is tearing down the trees behind Meg's Inn to put in new houses, Lila knows that the Inn's idyllic backdrop will also mean a drop in business. Wanting to make things right for her sister, Lila rushes out to stop the bulldozer. The manager of the development, Beck, arrives to find the impasse, and also finds unexpected attraction in Lila. As they get to know each other better, their attraction only grows. Because of the struggles over the trees, their relationship is built through communication, which is really strong in the book. I really felt like I was getting to know the couple, and it was easy to fall in love with each of them, as well as the two as a couple. The Christmas backdrop and winter setting made this just a lovely book all around. It ended up being quite the page-turner, and also dealt with some heavier issues (family problems, alienation, selfishness, sexual assault/harassment, public humiliation, #metoo, etc.). Everything was handled in such a fantastic way that while this was, at times, a heavy and emotional read, it was also beautiful. Highly recommend for lovers of deeper romance set around the holidays. This is a great read that I fell in love with. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
judiOH 4 months ago
lila agrees to house sit meg's b&b so meg can take a vacation. beck is a developer planning a development behind said b&b. there is a stand of pines behind the b&b that beck plans to cut down. lila fights to keep the pines. the pines bring lila and beck together. the interaction between all the characters is so delightful to read. i loved this story, and hoping there will be many more in this serires.