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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: Sea Glass Island by Sherryl Woods + Giveaway

Format: .mobi (provided by Harlequin MIRA through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: May 28, 2013

With her two younger sisters heading for the altar, will Samantha Castle exchange old dreams for new ones? Lately she'd rather be on the North Carolina coast with family than in New York with agents and actors. Though she vows not to let her teenage crush on Ethan Cole influence her decision, it's hard to ignore her feelings for the local war hero.

Ethan lost more than his leg in Afghanistan. He lost his belief in love. Even being surrounded by couples intent on capturing happily-ever-after won't open this jaded doctor's heart. It's going to take a sexy, determined woman—one who won't take no for an answer.

Samantha Castle had a crush on Ethan Cole in high school, only he didn't know she existed. Ethan doesn't want any complications in his life, the last one left him a shattered man and his career in the military left him without a leg.

The final book in the Ocean Breeze trilogy, Sea Glass Island is in my opinion, the best out of the three books and closes up the trilogy quite nicely.

Ethan Cole's background as a military man, his injury and his fiance's abandonment have left him slightly bitter and reluctant to trust Samantha. It also makes him a multi-dimentional character and the most interesting of all three heroes in the series. Ethan seems more flesh and blood than Boone or Wade and his relationship hangups are part of what make Sea Glass Island more interesting and engaging than its predecessors.

His way of coping with what life has done to him is to retreat within himself and avoid emotional entanglements. Ironic really since he's a doctor and he does genuinely care about his patients. Samantha represents a threat to his way of life. She makes him feel things he hasn't felt before and for the first time in a long time he catches himself starting to hope. He responds by shutting down at odd times and being gruff and at times rude.

Samantha, like her sisters, has had to learn tough lessons in life all on her own. She learned the hard way that being beautiful wasn't enough to make it as an actress and now that she's not as young as she used to be, she doesn't quite know what to do with herself.

Sea Glass Island isn't as dramatic as Sand Castle Bay and Wind Chime Point, even though the heroine is an actress but it does bring the Castle sisters full circle not only individually but as a family unit. Samantha finally gets the chance to work on her relationship with her sister Emily and her father. Their absentee father finally steps up and starts to get to know his adult daughters, which is awkward at times but works it's way up to heartwarming, and their grandmother Cora Jane can finally sit back and relax now that she's meddled in her granddaughters' lives to her satisfaction.

Family is everything in a small town and Sherryl Woods shows that no matter what happens in life, a good, strong family can make even the impossible seem possible. Sea Glass Island brings closure to the Castle family and fans of the trilogy in a way that will leave a smile on your face for days to come.


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