David and Sara (Cliffside Bay, Book 10)
women's fiction · contemporary romance · Cliffside Bay series · small-town fiction · standalone series
“I loved this book. It was a wonderful story of two people who have been broken by their past and have found their future together. Just wonderful. For those of us who have read all the Cliffside Bay books it is a delightful reunion of old and new friends. If you have not read the Cliffside Bay series, start with Traded, the beginning of the series, and just enjoy!!” —★★★★★ Reader Review
Recently widowed Sara Ness moves to Cliffside Bay to hide from her painful past and the scandal that cost her far too much. With a baby daughter to raise alone, the peaceful privacy of small town life, and the comfort of the local grief support group, are just what the heiress needs. But when her inheritance is jeopardized by her new marital status, Sara is forced to make a deal with the only suitable candidate available. And for the next year she's paying for the pleasure of pretending to be married to the one man in town she simply cannot stand.
In the wake of his wife's death, architect David Perry accepts a job at Wolf Enterprises and promptly moves his children to be near what's left of their family. Though work and the kids are more than enough to fill David's days, his quiet, lonely nights force him to seek the help of the local grief support group. And when the spoiled Sara Ness proposes a partnership that promises to be lucrative for them both, David agrees to her terms and discovers that his fake bride just might hold the key to his future happiness.
*** Each book in the Cliffside Bay Series is intended to be read and enjoyed as a sweet standalone, but for maximum enjoyment read this binge-worthy series in order. ***
“This was a beautiful journey back to Cliffside Bay, reuniting with all the characters and seeing how strong Wolf Enterprises had become how the band of brothers fell for the strong woman that loved them. To see their families grow and their heartsoverflow with love in the small town of Cliffside is a journey that warmed my heart.” —The BookFairy Reviews
“David and Sara's HEA was simple yet profound, tackling all the big issues of blending a family while still appreciating all the magic that love brings to our lives. I loved that we got to see a few new romances blossoming with secondary characters who also deserve their HEAs…If the reopening scene in the bar doesn't bring on a tear or two, the wrap-up scene in the epilogue certainly will. It was the kind of life-affirming celebration that lets us have one final bonding moment with our favorite characters before reluctantly leaving them on our To-Be-Reread shelves.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“One of the things that sticks for me about this book is the sheer emotion it brought out in me. I felt everything. I was invested in it all. I felt like these people were my people and it was all happening around me…Tess is a gifted storyteller. I've only read a few of her books but my gut is never wrong. This woman is super talented and diverse in her talent. With this story, she brought two widowed people together to forge a path together where they thought there would never be a path again.” —OMG Reads Blog
“I can't believe this amazing series is over now, and frankly, I'm almost in tears…Departed definitely finished it out with an emotional bang, and I'm still emotionally hung over it. David and Sara's story has a lot of angst (past baggage and all), a lot of sweetness, just a lot of everything good in it.” —The Power of Three Readers
“The last book in this wonderful series has arrived, as with all the other books you climb into the pages and move along with the story this time of David Perry and Sara Ness…Once again Ms. Thompson brings the pages alive with her storytelling and as you turn that last page, as many other reviewers have said ‘have those tissues handy’.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“This is a wonderful read. It made me do so much crying. Happy tears. Sad tears. Scared tears and new beginning tears. This book was totally awesome. Great job by a great author, Tess Thompson. I give this book 5/5 stars and a very high recommendation. Read, cry, enjoy and take this journey with plenty of tissues.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“I highly recommend this story and the entire Cliffside Bay series.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“I recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes small town romances. This book has only been out a short time and I have already read it twice.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tess Thompson is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction with nearly 40 published titles. When asked to describe her books, she could never figure out what to say that would perfectly sum them up until she landed on, Hometowns and Heartstrings.
She’s married to her prince, Best Husband Ever, and is the mother of their blended family of four kids and five cats. Best Husband Ever is seventeen months younger, which qualifies Tess as a Cougar, a title she wears proudly. Her Bonus Sons are young adults with pretty hair and big brains like their dad. Daughters, better known as Princess One and Two, are teenagers who make their mama proud because they’re kind. They’re also smart, but a mother shouldn’t brag.
Tess loves lazy afternoons watching football, hanging out on the back patio with Best Husband Ever, reading in bed, binge-watching television series, red wine, strong coffee and walks on crisp autumn days. She laughs a little too loudly, never knows what to make for dinner, looks ridiculous kickboxing in an attempt to combat her muffin top, and always complains about the rain even though she chose to live in Seattle.
She’s proud to have grown up in a small town like the ones in her novels. After graduating from the University of Southern California Drama School, she had hopes of becoming an actress but was called instead to writing fiction. She’s grateful to spend most days in her office matchmaking her characters while her favorite cat Mittens (shhh…don’t tell the others) sleeps on the desk.