Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 22 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.
After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.
Title: Bigger Than the Sky (Serenity Point #1)
Author: Harper Bentley
Release Date: Sept 30, 2014
Five years ago, I left my fiancé, hotter than hot Navy SEAL Kade Kelly, at the altar.
No, I’m not an idiot.
Yes, I had my reasons.
Now I’ve made a new life for myself working at a large firm in Richmond and I’ve left the past behind. Or so I thought.
Upon returning to my hometown of Serenity Point, Virginia, to take care of some business, I find that Kade’s now home for good and he’s none too happy about my being here.
Two months. That’s all I’m staying then I’m out of here. Unless I believe the town’s pink-haired psychic’s prediction. Or embrace the sense of belonging I feel at being back home. Or give in to the emotions stirring inside when Kade's attention is suddenly on me.
He scares the crap out of me.
He thrills me.
He used to tell me our love was bigger than the sky.
I always knew ours was a once-in-a-lifetime love. So how can he be so sure it can happen again?
In all honesty, it was the words Navy SEAL that got me to read Bigger Than the Sky, and? I'm so sad that I only discovered Harper Bentley's books now! The way this story was told, I want to get my hands on all her other books and hang my reading list out to dry.
Amelia tells her own story in a chatty, curl up your knees with a hot cup of cocoa, kind of way. It starts out a little confusing, but then you realize that she was confused, too, wanting to marry Kade after nine years, yet scared of what life would be as a Navy wife. It's not so much a surprise that she ran, considering she was scarcely a kid herself.
Five years later, she's matured a little more but discovers she's never outgrown her home town. Does she stick to her plans to just settle her estate or will the Kellys be able to convince her otherwise?
Kade has changed, seeming more cold and distant, more angry, but it's not a surprise considering how Mill left him. She's skittish now, less trusting, so will she believe what he has to say? The decision falls on her now: she can quit the security of her current job at her Richmond firm and leave everything she's worked for or she can build up what she's inherited, start her own firm, and open herself up to Kade once again. The answer shouldn't be so hard but she's risking everything she has and more. Again.
The Kelly family itself is an interesting bunch. Cassie, Kade's sister and Mill's best friend, is one of the most real characters I've come across in a while. I love how much this woman is a friend to Mill and manages to balance the love she has for her family along with it. Then Brody. Can he fix his relationship with Piper and solve his problem, too? I have a feeling Mill and Kade are going to get very involved there. And what better parents can you ask for than Carolina and Lucas Kelly?
Sydney and Mike. Now there's another idea for a book right there. And I'm sure Peyton's got more of a story than what I can see up front. I can mention so many more characters that would make good book fodder but I'll admit they all made me laugh - and snuffle - and then laugh again. I think I'm addicted.
I'm in for the long haul, Harper Bentley. Bigger Than the Sky is just the start to a whole series of books about the Kelly family and friends in Serenity Point and I do hope to read more about them, and a little more about Mill and Mr Bossypants.