Sunrise Over Savannah by Scotty Cade ~ Review by Leisa

Scotty Cade delivers a charming story about the power of an unexpected second chance at love …

: Sunrise Over Savannah

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Thompson and Caroline Gray were living their dream until Caroline’s untimely death just two years after they’d bought the Thundercloud Marina. When Caroline died, she left Thompson alone and emotionally disconnected—until Thompson’s longtime friend and towboat owner Hank Charming tows Garner Holt, a recently retired psychiatrist, and his boat into the marina for repair. Thompson and Hank are both drawn to the sailboat captain, but for very different reasons.

Since high school, Hank has secretly carried a torch for Thompson, even though Thompson remained committed to Caroline, even after her death. Hank is totally caught off guard when his initial attraction to Garner makes him realize this stranger might be the one to help him move on with his life. Thompson establishes a platonic friendship with Garner and starts to see the psychiatrist as his only lifeline to sanity. Life improves until Thompson sees Hank and Garner together, and old feelings Thompson thought were long buried begin to resurface. Garner quickly identifies the unresolved feelings between Hank and Thompson and decides to tap his professional skills and work behind the scenes to help Thompson and Hank see what has been right in front of them all along.

My View

Few books truly surprise me, but Scotty Cade’s Sunrise Over Savannah certainly did!  From the publisher’s blurb, I expected there to be a bit of a menage vibe going on between Thompson, Hank and Garner.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Rather than a story filled with the sexual antics of these three men, Cade instead delivers an emotional tale of the crippling force that grief and guilt may have, as well as the power of love and forgivness of oneself.  Thompson is a grief-stricken, shell of a man who has never gotten past the crushing grief of his wife, Caroline’s, sudden death four years earlier.  Hank has been Thompson’s friend (and in love with Thompson) since childhood, and he still hurts from Thompson pushing him away when he tries to pull Thompson back into the world of the living from constantly mourning Caroline’s death.  Enter retired psychiatrist Garner into the picture.  Garner, who is only in his mid-thirties, is stranded while his sailboat undergoes repairs, and agrees to help Thompson work at his boat dock. Garner casually dates Hank (with no real hankie pankie going on – forgive the pun!), but also develops a friendship with Thompson and slowly draws out the truth of his feelings about Caroline’s death.  He then subtly plays cupid by helping Thompson and Hank realize they love each other and belong together.

While I didn’t expect an emotionally driven story, I truly enjoyed Sunrise Over Savannah.  The plot was unique and refreshing, and the story line flowed along at an easy, natural rate toward a heartwarming and lovely conclusion.   The cathartic release of the grief and undeserved guilt that Thompson carries due to Caroline’s death is beautifully written. I also appreciate the caring friendship that develops between the three men.  In addition, Scotty Cade shies away from expected tropes and actions:  When Caroline’s mother calls Thompson to her deathbed, I fully expect her to be filled with regret that she had not done more to protect her daughter from her step-father’s abuse.  Instead, her  mother is unrepentent and tells him she knew of the abuse, and that she couldn’t do anything to stop it because she was worried that everyone would discover the family’s dirty secrets.  I love that Cade includes such unexpected and compelling story elements, and they help make Sunrise Over Savannah distinctive and memorable.

In Sunrise Over Savannah, Scotty Cade writes a remarkable story about love, forgiveness, and getting a second chance to live life to its fullest, as well as to love and be loved.  It’s quite well written, even if descriptions of the clothing each character wears are a bit over the top.  I recommend Sunrise Over Savannah – I expect you will also find this delightful story to be uncommonly hopeful and satisfying.  I now want Scotty Cade to write Garner’s story … he deserves his own happy ending!

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
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I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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5 thoughts on “Sunrise Over Savannah by Scotty Cade ~ Review by Leisa

  1. Wow Leisa! “Mouth hanging open*. What a way to start my day. You got it. You really got it! You know with all the low ratings Sunrise Over Savannah is getting on Goodreads, lowest ever of any of my books, I’d totally given up on anyone really getting it. This was such a hard story to write because Thompson is based on a very real person. My husband and I were traveling on our boat going through Savannah where we stopped for the night. The next morning I was on the flybridge having my first cup of coffee listening to the weather report and saw my inspiration for Thomspon. The man was standing on the end of the dock staring at the impending sunrise. From the back I could see his shoulders slumped over and his stance had such a defeated air, but when he turned around and saw the pain on his face, I had to write his story. I have no idea the origin of his pain, but I wanted to get the anquish I saw on his face across to my readers. Where ever this man is, I sure hope he found his Hank and his happily after ever. Thank you for getting it. And regarding my descriptive writing style, I’m trying really hard to work on that. Its just so important to me for my readers to see exactly what I see in my head when I’m writing a scene, I guess I go overboard. But thank you so much for being so kind.

    Scotty Cade

    • I am so glad that you are happy with my review – I truly loved Sunrise Over Savannah … It is amazing! I think the way you portray Thompson’s grief and guilt is so raw and emotionally real … And I’m not joking about wanting Garner to get his story and ahoy ending! Take care, Leisa <3

  2. I wasn’t sure about this book. I read the excerpt during the release party at Dreamspinner on the release day and was feeling wary because of the blurb (I’m not really a fan of menage). I was hoping the story would be something like your review. I’m going to give this a read, from your review it sounds like the kind of book I would love.

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