California Dreamin’

Published June 18, 2018 by francesothomas

moonlight

 

This short, sweet book is based on a real-life love story. The cover is mesmerizing, don’t you think?

Here’s the blurb:

Michael Thomas’ life changed when he accepted a friendly client’s offer to stay at his winter home in Carmel, California. Michael planned to immerse himself in the artistic atmosphere of the Monterey Bay area. Maybe this is his opportunity to settle at last and to make better use of his exceptional talents as a painter, an artists romance.

Angelina Serracino, a romance widow, had yet to forgive herself for the death of her fiance, though she had no responsibility for his passing. Angelina still couldn’t shake the feeling that if maybe she had done something differently.

Angelina was working in her father’s restaurant when Michael came in for a meal. Michael was immediately attracted, but she was withdrawn. What will he have to do? How can he get her interest?

Devin Pine has skillfully handled this beautiful story of being honest in love and dealing with the consequences of divergent pasts. Truly an inspirational romance.

 

Review

Devin Pine may have written Moonlight at Monterey Bay as a tribute to his grandparent’s courtship, but their story transcends the boundaries of time and easily translates to a modern-day romance. Michael Thomas is a worldly artist equally bewitched by a beautiful waitress and the haunting seascapes of Carmel. Angelina Serracino is a small-town girl too absorbed by tragedy and guilt to acknowledge her budding romance with the handsome stranger. What ensues is a heart-warming journey through desire and self-deception, with several keen insights into the redeeming powers of love.Pine deftly navigates an emotionally turbulent plot without contriving the internal struggles of his main characters. An inspired supporting cast keeps the tone from getting too heavy, and the seaside setting compliments the sensual imagery. Moonlight at Monterey Bay is like a weekend trip to Carmel: short, sweet, and full of people and places you’ll want to take back home. — Marie Cannizzaro

About the Author

Devin Pine lives in Santa Barbara California with his beautiful wife, his beloved two teenage girls (who give him no end of fun!), and his wonderful brown lab Cocoa!

Devin was born and raised in southern California, but he spent 5 years living in Monterey where he learned to scuba dive and did some abalone diving while working for a fishing company in his youth.

He spends his adult life working at a copywriting company for fashion products, pet products, and food stuffs.

Devin has both a bachelors in English and a masters in journalism. He enjoys writing immensely!

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