My children were in elementary school the first time I stayed in a campground. It was with a group of writers held at a member’s mountain vacation house. My sister and I knew nothing about pitching a tent and as we pulled out the instructions to ours, some of the other attendees told us to forget the directions and in minutes demonstrated how easily a tent could be assembled.
I was a little leery about camping because I like creature comforts but, to my surprise, we all enjoyed the weekend. Most of all we enjoyed the companionship of the other attendees. We all shared food, and we barbecued. It wasn’t a writer’s retreat but more a gathering for the sole purpose of having fun. It was my first time making s’mores or cooking over an open fire. Although there were just a few kids, my children enjoyed the experience, as well. Luckily we didn’t have problems with bugs.
Once a retired teacher told me that as a single mother she couldn’t afford to stay in hotels when she took her children on vacations. During the summers she and her sons traveled all over the country. They stayed in campgrounds and made lasting friendships.
It was from my venture that the idea for this story germinated. Although we didn’t have all the creature comforts of a hotel room, camping can be quite fun and certainly less pricy. Most have hot water for showers, so by no means are you roughing it. Many have events scheduled. The friendships gleaned from the less formal experience can last a lifetime, but don’t forget your bug spray.
Welcome to Coree Island, a place of romance and adventure. Businesswoman Delcia Adams is good at taking care of guests in her North Carolina campground and when Carter Matthews arrives for a three month stay, he’s looking for more than a vacation. He needs to find out what happened to his brother.
Delcia would like to know, too, because he’s the father of her child and he disappeared after proposing to her.
Together they face danger and unexpectedly fall for each other in their search for the truth.
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