Spring Water Haven has flower gardens and an idyllic view of the sea. Jim and Sharon Peck, newlyweds fresh from the Midwest, befriend the owners, a naval officer and his wife. Thirty years later, the Pecks return to Newport to find their widowed friend hoarding a bitter vengeance. When the cottage becomes theirs, they think it's their dream home…until they learn its terrifying secret. More
Spring Water Haven in Newport, Rhode Island, is a lovely cottage with an abundant flower garden and an idyllic view of the sea. Jim and Sharon Peck, newlyweds fresh from the Midwest, became acquainted with the cottage’s owners, an independently wealthy naval officer and his wife. The Pecks, childhood sweethearts, spent a blissful evening there with their sophisticated friends. For the first time, they experienced fine wines and carefully prepared meals, and the intoxication of temptation. The cottage came to signify the very best of life. Thirty years later, on a nostalgic impulse, Jim and Sharon return to Newport. They find their old friend, now a widower, still living in the cottage, surrounded by his exquisite garden and hoarding a bitter vengeance. When the cottage miraculously becomes theirs, they call it their dream home…until they learn its terrifying secret.
Shawver's Spring Water Haven is an intriguing read with wonderful scene setting in which a nostalgic return to the former Naval base that was their home 30 years ago when newlyweds turns not only into guilt-ridden jaunt down memory lane but an object lesson that paybacks are really hell.