Loved the quote from author, Grace Green: "Beach Winds confirms the power of love. Love is not a matter of book for genetics. Love is a blessing wherever you find it and should be tended as if it were the most delicate seedling, yet shared as freely as the most common plant. Like the dune grass that helps the dunes withstand the ocean and weather, so are we to those we love." "The timelessness of the ocean, the universe of nature, and life in all of its moods remains in winter, different only in terms of who is observing the scene - what they bring to it and what they take away and what they keep secret."Having read "Beach Rental" some time ago, was delighted to read "Beach Winds", as almost forgot about Julia/Luke (characters from the first book) and her story. I really enjoyed this book as one of my favorites of Green thus far, as have read them all. This series is full of takeaways for many reasons and is really a contemporary historical women's fiction, a romance, mystery, inspirational, and chick lit combined into one book. There is much to be said for the NC coastal area (Emerald Isle), as so serene and a tranquil place for reflection, escape, and growing. Hopefully, we will hear more from Mia/Joel, and a continuation of Laurel, as well as Fran/Brian, and Will. These characters need to live on for a few more books as a compelling series. Frannie is a complex character, asserting her independence as matures so much throughout the book, as well as Brian. An inspirational read about forgiveness and new relationships. This can be a standalone; however, would encourage readers to read Beach Rental first.