Sanctuary Sound Novels
The Memory of You
Winner of the OKRWA’s 2018 National Readers’ Choice Award
for Novel with Romantic Elements
Stefanie Lockwood can repair anything, except her heart—that’s still recovering.
After a brutal assault leaves Steffi Lockwood with puzzling memory lapses, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how—with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one old friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.
Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—the first love who shattered his heart.
Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?
“(Beck) deepens a typical story about first loves reuniting by exploring the aftermath of a violent act. Readers will root for an ending that repairs this couple’s past hurt.”
“Beck’s portrayals of divorce and trauma are keen… readers will get caught up in [the couple’s] journey toward healing and romance.”
The Promise of Us
Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising pro-tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself as an interior designer in her coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was the boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Now Claire’s business has hit a financial snag, but she’s up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. At least she thinks so…until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire’s traitorous friend.
Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. But his sister’s illness teaches him that there’s more to life than chasing the next thrill. Now bent on helping her win Claire’s forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo.
After years of playing it safe, Claire must now take some risks. The payoff could be huge, but if it all falls apart, can her heart recover from another loss?
“Beck’s depiction of trauma, loss, friendship, and family resonates deeply. A low-key small-town romance unflinching in its portrayal of the complexities of friendship and family, and the joys and sorrows they bring.”
“A fully absorbing and unfailingly entertaining read from an author with a genuine flair for originality and an engaging narrative storytelling style”
—Midwest Book Review
The Wonder of Now
Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using her second chance to move forward, she’s stuck promoting the memoir her brother convinced her to write, thus reliving the very battle she wants to forget. If she hopes her European book tour will allow her to enjoy revisiting her favorite travel-writing destinations, she’s wrong. Her PR whiz is too consumed with his own goals to consider her needs.
Since his teens, Mitch Mathis has relied on discipline to achieve his goals, and with his new firm’s success riding on Peyton’s book launch, he must keep her on task. They’re here for business, not pleasure. And Mitch won’t let unbridled desire harm his professional reputation—not again.
When frustrated expectations and attraction throw the tour into chaos, it challenges everything Mitch and Peyton believe about themselves, life, and love, forcing these opposites to consider whether they can embrace the change they need to grow.