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Publisher's Summary

In seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, friends are just another word for family, and big-city politics take a backseat to local pride. But the real treasure on these shores is always love....

When DC lawyer Hannah McCrae heads home for her brother's wedding, she's dragging a lot of baggage along with her - and she doesn't mean suitcases. Betrayed personally and humiliated professionally, the last thing she wants is a new man. That's fine with square-jawed, rugged contractor Calder Blue. He and Hannah may be wildly attracted to one another, but all he wants is to build the town's hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, day after day the pair wind up tangled in each other's business - and maybe soon in each other's arms. Every bride needs something "blue"....

©2015 Donna Kauffman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town - you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!" (Lori Foster)

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Mainely Humorous 30+ Romantic Drama

I was thoroughly entertained by Sea Glass Sunrise, my 1st book by Donna Kauffman. The main characters (Hannah, her siblings and Calder) were mostly mature (30+), compelling, quirky, intelligent and engrossing personalities. The sisters were all strong,women, not a doormat in the family and Calder was sexy, yet caring & kind. The "supporting cast" (other relatives and local residents) were also unique, adding spice to an original plot.

My only compliant was the lack of authenticity in the Maine coastal setting of Blueberry Cove, population just over 300. Being a native Mainer myself, the pronunciation of local towns (Calais for example) was totally wrong and no village of that size could support a police department or city government services.

Also the weather/clothing did not match the stated seasons (Hannah would have needed a parka to walk the water front in late spring, not a light jacket since sea breezes are always cool due to ocean temperatures never above 50, even in August). Furthermore, no native resident of Down East Maine (the coast north of Bar Harbor to Canada) stays home when in snows, which is 7-8 months of each year.

Regardless, the book was excellent with mild sex scenes and very little swearing. Amanda Ronconi has the best voice for humor, adding nuances to witty dialogue.

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Meh

Frankly, I was disappointed. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. The story is plodding, the “mystery” convoluted, bordering on ludicrous.

Fairly forgivable, but the author insured I won’t be listening to the other books in the series by repeatedly using the word “tribal” to convey the wildness of the youngest sister. Not only is it not appropriate in the sense that it’s the wrong descriptor, it’s also entirely racist, and shows a complete lack of understanding of any of the cultures referenced. Please do a deep dive on cultural appropriation and colonialism, then convey your character’s wild child-ness in another way. Maybe she’s outspoken and flits from job to job. Maybe she changes her mind a lot. Maybe she can’t find what she’s looking for in the world or what her place is in it, and is a restless wanderer. Using “tribal” is lazy and offensive.

Beyond all that, and on a lighter note, the narrator constantly said “exacT-ly”. It drove me bananas. Maybe that’s the dictionary proper way to say that word, I don’t know, but I’ve never heard it said like that, and I cringed, hard, every time I heard it.

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A Book to Enjoy!

I am so thankful to have found this book, its hard to a find book with a great story, that makes you laugh and to have a narrator that can actually change characters without sounding painfully fake is a WONDERFUL experience!!

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A great discovery

Confession time: I checked out the story because it was narrated by Amanda Ronconi and stayed for the story. I had never heard of the author. Yes I have been hiding under a rock. Her characters are very likeable. The story was addictive. There was romance, suspense, good and evil. Everything I enjoy in a book. Time to check out book 2.

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Maine pronunciation

Every time I hear the narrator pronounce Calis I cringe! Here in Maine you hear the S. If you are going to write and/or narrate a book set in Maine, check with natives on pronunciation please!

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I’m using, romantic, and perfectly narrated

I love this kind of plot. Small town girl sexy it’s in the big city and then returns home. The characters are pretty and sexy, with a lot of witty dialogue. The narration, by Amanda Ronconi, is ideal for the story

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Corny

The story was good and interesting. The interaction between the main characters was just over the top silly and corny.

I'm new to this genre. I hope I can find a story/author that doesn't make the dialog seem so disconnected to the story.

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Painfully Slow

Decent story, but it just moved along painfully slowly. And the author took an inordinate amount of time spelling things out for the reader. I'm not sure why I didn't stop listening or why I'm giving the second book a chance. The characters are compelling and I'm a sucker for small town family romances.

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Cliche and more cliche

I wanted a mindless read, but this was too mindless. Silly, cliched, predictable from the start. Of course, I didn’t actually finish listening, because I just didn’t want to suffer through it.

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over the top, cliche

Writing is way over the top, so predictable and cliche. don't waste your time.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-29-17

Light reading

There wasn't anything remarkable about this story, but it was enjoyable enough. The characters had a bit of depth and the plot moved along at a decent pace. At times it wasn't very believable (I seriously doubt such a small town would have such an extensive infrastructure and I highly doubt being mayor of a town of 300 would be a stepping stone for an aspiring politician- but I suppose that's why it is called fiction). So all in all, this book makes for a nice holiday read or a bit of light fun. The narration was fine.

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  • Rosina Greenwell
  • 09-29-21

Not for me

The story was predictable but okay.
The sex scenes put me off. Too much detail yet I’m aware writers are encouraged to put this in their books.
Lacks substance and depth.

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  • P. Clancy
  • 05-18-22

love it

this is the first book in series but my third book listening too lol love the stories and the first from the writer donna kaufman will listen again over and over and will be checking out more of her books 5* hope the rest has the same reader

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Sea Glass Sunrise.

Didn't like it very much.Shallow story and shallow characters.Didn't like the narrator's voice.Totally in memorable!

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  • Julia m.
  • 05-15-22

Not heard of this author . Will try another book

Good story line. Prefer
English narrators , will try another book to get used to narrator

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  • jo
  • 05-10-22

Switched off

Turned this off after about 10 minutes, the narration was just too annoying to listen to..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-22

Atypical Greatness

The story is gripping and easy to follow, for a romance this is an amazing change of pace as it allowed for more character growth and moments. Ronconi's performance gave life to the story easily distinguishing voices of characters though sometimes inner monologue was harder to tell apart from speech.

Definitely worth the read.

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  • Miss M
  • 11-18-21

A welcome addition to Explore Plus, unabashed escapist romance

Feel-good romantic love stories with perhaps more intimate detailing of sexual frisson and ‘action’ in this department than a few reviewers were comfortable with, and/or deemed unnecessary, have been a new discovery in the Explore Plus Catalogue.

Though less, but not totally unfamiliar, with authors who turn up the dials of the heat between two people coming together in full-throttle lust, I’ve rather amused myself with my enjoyment of these stories that don’t hold back on this score because they’re saved from being smutty or tawdry due to the real heart and emotional connection that builds between entirely likeable, nicely drawn characters.

I may not have actively chosen to use a credit - I need longer listens than many in this category due to being wholly reliant on audio content for entertainment - but this and other similarly veined titles in this oeuvre are decently enough plotted with rounded enough characters to keep me captive and happily listening.

Predictable, in that you know you’ll get a happy conclusion, sometimes real life can be so tough one needs such comfort fare and this listen ticked the boxes perfectly well for a title in the Explore Plus Catalogue that is a very welcome addition for Audible members.

The mystery element may have been a little anti-climactic but, not being billed as thriller material, the entire story ticked along to give genuine enjoyment.

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  • ejenna
  • 10-05-21

warning

it is a shame about the sex scenes
otherwise it is a good story line

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 04-25-22

Logan and Hannah

Hannah is travelling home in shame. She has just unknowingly, had an affair with a married man.
Just outside town she has an accident. Contractor, Calder Blue, helps as she swiped a roadside sign trying to avoid his truck.
This book sets the scene for the sisters, the town, and it’s inhabitants.