Beach Reads

By Cindy Bilbao

books to read by the pool

Sea Glass Sunrise book

Sea Glass Sunrise

By Donna Kauffman

The title of this book was enough to capture my attention but once I began this romance novel, (which, by the way, is the first book of the Brides of Blueberry Cove series) I was quickly caught up in the great cast of characters and an interesting plot.

Hannah McCrae, a successful D.C. lawyer returns to her small-town, coastal Maine home of Blueberry Cove because to attend her brother’s wedding. Upon her arrival, she misses a stop sign and, to avoid colliding with a pick-up truck she crashes her car—and that is her introduction to Calder Blue. Calder is the pick-up driving contractor, visiting Blueberry Cove to build a fancy new yacht club that is in direct contrast to the hard-working fisherman type that have lived in the town for generations. This makes Calder one of the least popular persons to ever visit the area. Calder also is part of a generations’ old family feud that threatens to stir up controversy in the quiet, quaint cove.

Sparks fly immediately between Hannah and Calder even as Hannah tries to stay emotionally distant. He is from the wrong side of the family feud- the enemy. And when mayhem ensues in the otherwise quiet town he is the first suspect to be questioned. How can a big-time D.C. lawyer consider any serious feelings for this man? And yet the feelings are there for sure!

Kauffman’s writing is very entertaining, and full of rich dialog that really brings her characters to life. You will find yourself wanting to visit Blueberry Cove again- and thankfully you can with other books in this series!

romance novel

Love and Other Words

By Christina Lauren

Macy is about to get married. This is the icing on the cake of the neatly put-together life she has created for herself. But then she runs into her first love. She hasn’t seen or spoken to him in years because their relationship came to an unfortunate, abrupt halt. Through love and loss Macy confronts what really happened all those years ago.

historical novel

Lilac Girls

By Martha Hall Kelly

An important historical fiction story about three women, each from a different country and lifestyle, who endured imprisonment in the infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp. Told from their individual perspectives it is a story of courage and resilience. A must read, especially if you have an interest in the Holocaust.

charming story of curmudgeon

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

This is a charming, story of a not-so-charming old man named Ove and the circle of friends he makes despite his off-putting personality. Ove’s story unfolds through his relationship with his neighbors; by the end of the story you’ll grow to love him! Simply heart-warming.

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This article appeared in the Glassing Magazine July/August 2018 issue.

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