Half Moon Bay by Helene Young

Half Moon Bay by Helene YoungHalf Moon Bay by Helene Young
Published by Penguin Australia on May 22nd 2013
Pages: 380
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Ellie Wilding has been running from her past, but when the residents of Half Moon Bay call for help she knows it’s finally time to return home. As an international photojournalist, she’s used to violence in war zones, but she’s shocked when it erupts in the sleepy hamlet on the north coast of New South Wales, threatening all she holds dear.
Battle-weary Nicholas Lawson walked away from his military career leaving unfinished business. In a coastal backwater, that decision returns to haunt him. He remembers all too vividly his last lethal assignment in Afghanistan when Ellie’s sister, Nina, was shot and killed. Ellie’s been in his dreams ever since, even if she doesn’t remember him…
As a storm rages and floodwaters rise, Ellie struggles to save her community. But who can she trust? Nick Lawson, the dangerously attractive stranger with secrets, or an old friend who’s never let her down?

Helene Young’s effortless writing and lyrical descriptions make reading this book a joy to get through. I did find the various missing pieces that link the whole plot together rather tenuous at times and several moments of disconnect that were deliberate (but not entirely successful) attempts to delay the unravelling of the ‘truth’, but I definitely enjoyed the tension between Ellie and Nick. The restraint between them is remarkable and the lack of an explosive RST lends the story a muted realisation of a romance which I thought could have been more ‘filled out’.