I gave this a 2.5. I REALLY wanted to enjoy this book, but it was boring!
I live in a small town, so I know that small event (fairs, carnivals, etc.) but they don't need to be described in every detail. Most of the book is written to describe the everyday life of these people in a small town; which isn't that interesting. The only part I found to be exciting is when Katie's ex-husband came to town to find her.
Katie is in an abusive relationship with a man named Kevin, she FINALLY gets the nerves to leave him and flees to a small coastal town in North Carolina. She meets this store owner named Alex, who has two children, and of course she galls in love with him; but she doesn't want to admit it to herself. Katie's afraid that Kevin is always on the lookout for her.
When Katie finally admits to herself that she loves Alex, all heck breaks loose.
It sounds like it should be AMAZING! However, the plot takes forever to get to a point where I would say that it's worth reading. You could probably skip a few chapters and still know what was going on in the book.