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Most importantly, I acknowledge my husband, my biggest fan and supporter, and I thank God for directing my steps.

Author’s Note

Beach Rental takes place on the island of Bogue Banks and on the mainland in the towns of Morehead City and Beaufort, in North Carolina.

Emerald Isle is one of the towns on the Bogue Banks, along with Indian Beach, Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shores and Atlantic Beach. Altogether, Bogue Banks is a twenty-one mile long barrier island. That’s twenty-one exquisite miles of oceanfront—soft sand, clean water and ocean breezes.

I’ve tried to be true to the geography and allure of the Crystal Coast and Bogue Banks. For the purposes of this story certain merchants and locations are fictional. For instance, the grocery store in Morehead City where Juli works is fictional and while you won’t find Luke Winters’ Front Street Gallery in Beaufort, you will find a lovely variety of gift shops and galleries on Front Street alongside the marinas; however, I can personally attest that Cox’s Family Restaurant in Morehead City has fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches.

On the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, in the small town of Emerald Isle…

Juli Cooke, hard-working and getting nowhere fast, marries a dying man, Ben Bradshaw, for a financial settlement, not expecting he will set her on a journey of hope and love. The journey brings her to Luke Winters, a local art dealer, but Luke resents the woman who married his sick friend and warns her not to hurt Ben—and he’s watching to make sure she doesn’t.

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