From bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn a poignant novel about a woman who must care for her ill and elderly father, hoping to mend both his health and their relationship.A daughter s gift of time, a father s silent wish. Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin s son Jordan and his fiancee, Sierra, plan a grand wedding. But the two friends aren t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father s and oh, yeah, Delores s cottage by the sea. What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea."