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A Home by the Sea

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    A "keeper" book with wounded hearts,characters you love, and healing.

    This book has it all. A main character with a heart that needs healing and a hero with patience to teach her to open her heart to love.

    Skye introduces us to three woman friends re-united again in a venture of selling yarn and knitting class after living a fast-paced life in Washington D.C. The main character is called home when her grandfather, who raised her is stricken with a heart attack.

    The characters seem like people what you would know--they are 3 dimensional and real. This will take you on an emotional ride that you will love!

    The hero is back there too and it happens to be an island off Washington State that stuck me as a heavenly place to live.

    You immediately are involved with these characters and the genius of Christina Skye is shown in that she can take these people from one place to the other and the reader can almost smell the sea!

    This seems like the first of a trilogy and I'm waiting and waiting (not patiently) for the next installment!

    This is definitely a "KEEPER"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Irresistible Love Story!

    Life isn't always fair, and Grace just found that out. Grace Lindstrom, a cute woman with sparkle, is slowly picking up the pieces of her life. She has a job she loves, where she researches food that takes her to exotic locales. She hasn't seen her fiancé, friends or grandfather in a long while with her hectic life, and she misses them dearly. Life deals her a double whammy when her fiancé, a UN negotiator, is killed in a plane crash. Then later, she finds out from a couple different sources that he was a cheating scoundrel. Her heart is shattered into a million pieces. He is a rat, but she still mourns his death. Will she be able to trust a man again or even open her hurting heart to love?

    Fate blows in a humdinger of a man, top-secret bomb disposal expert Noah McKay, who is a striking, mysterious man with a sincere heart and immense patience. It is a stroke of good luck one cold blustery night when Noah makes the acquaintance of Grace. He has yearned for a woman just like her to complete his life. Only one thing stops him from getting to close to a woman and that is his profession. He never completely divulges to anyone the details of his job, afraid of their reactions to it and since it is top security, he is not allowed to talk about it at all. Will this girl be the one to accept him for who he is and what he does?

    The winds of life blow in unexpected directions and unfortunately separate Noah and Grace. Grace's grandfather has a serious accident that takes her back home to Oregon, the sleepy little town by the sea where she grew up. Grace looks forward to meeting her good friends back home in addition to taking care of her grandpa. Unbeknownst to Grace, her friends back home have many surprises in store for her, especially stress relieving surprises of the eating chocolate and good food, knitting and a hearty good laugh. In addition, Noah is working with his bomb disposal team on a dangerous assignment that is keeping him very busy for an extended period. Was the time that Noah and Grace spent together enough to make them realize how much they complete one another?


    A HOME BY THE SEA is an achingly beautiful novel of deep emotions, secrets, close friendships and love. Destiny brings Noah and Grace together on a windy, winter night and then when fate unexpectedly tears them apart, their attraction and love for one another is tested. Christina Skye expertly delivers a true testament to friendship in the raw - the giving, laughing, listening, helping, caring and crying that real friends do together. If you are careful, you can hear your own laughter with your best friends echoing through the pages. I loved how the author takes the reader on a sweeping journey through betrayal, lost loves, deep family emotions, honest-to-good friendships and learning how to forgive and forget. Ms. Skye teaches that there are more blessings wrought from change than anyone realizes. One thing I love about Ms. Skye's books is her beautiful endings, and this book did not disappoint. This novel delves deeply into friendship and family. I only touched the surface of all that happens in this epic love story so I recommend that you buy it! A HOME BY THE SEA delivers an emotional punch to the heart with its sharp plot and vivid romance. This book is hard to put-downable!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Skye a story part two

    So after the start of the first camp the three half blood got confused. They got leslie and ronnie's names mixed-up and split. Ronnie then changed her name to katrina and tried to start camp again. It was successful. Until the drama kicked in. Fights were increased, hearts were broken, and one villian called eathan and his accoplice a became imposters of other rpers. The camp broke apart. (To be continued)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Very good story

    I enjoyed this story a lot. Good story, not just a formula romance that you know what will happen. I enjoyed it & look forward to something like this again from Ms Skye. I took 1 star off because the main characters were apart for too long & it would have been easy to forget about the hero :( But overall it was a good story &

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    very good

    enjoyed the story. was different from her other books witch I enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great story

    Love, family,friends....it seems like it should be a series.....what happens to jilly, and caro, and gage. Etc.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    A heartfelt and tear jerk of a romance

    Grace Lindstrom has tried over the last year or so to rebuild her life from the ashes that the death of her fiancé left, the betrayal that followed and the heartbreak that continues. With the biggest career opportunity arrives the meeting of an enigmatic man that just might change her mind about relationships. When a family emergency strikes she drops everything and rushes home to Summer Island Oregon, where surrounded by her lifelong friends she learns to breath again, and perhaps to dream again too.
    Noah McLeod needs utter concentration for his highly dangerous job but his life has been anything but since the tragic death of his brother. But when he suddenly spots a face through a window his whole life changes.
    Grace and Noah have much to offer each other but there are many struggles they will have to face to make it. Will they be brave enough to take a leap of faith or will their haunted pasts control their future.
    Christina Skye brings us one of the most heartfelt of romances from her beautiful scenic Oregon shore to her unforgettable couple and her narrative that is as pain filled as it is promising. Her plot is one of triumph and tragedy of love and of pain and it's a story of life and of loss. Her dialogue does the landscape of the Oregon coast proud and her narrative is easy to read and hard to put down because you just have to know what happens to these characters next. And her characters, they are all wonderful and not just the hero and heroine but all the co-stars and even the bit players as well. I feel as though I know all of these people personally after reading this. Her hero is hard to forget with the personality that every woman wants not just talk dark and handsome but the strong silent type as well. The heroine could easily be pitied but her personality doesn't allow it and you will find yourself intrigued and awed by her. The romance is one that you right off the bat know won't work but some how they will and the journey to that knowledge is half the enjoyment of the read. The love scenes are sensual and a little racy and yes I read them twice, okay three times and am still fanning myself thinking about it.
    If you're looking for a read that will be remembered long after the final page is closed, if you're looking for those just a bit larger than life characters who's story you will recommend to your friends or family, if you're looking for that first stocking stuffer of the season, this is the one. If you just want a read for yourself to curl up with by the first fire of the season or if you enjoy the writing of Susan Wiggs or Susan Mallery, give this one a try. And something tells me that we haven't seen the last of this bucolic town or it's residents.
    Thank you Ms. Skye, this was my first experience of your writing but it won't be my last.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    This is an entertaining contemporary romance

    Although she has never moved on beyond the death of her fiancé in a plane crash, Grace Lindstrom has buried herself in her job as she travels the world to write about food. However, she has an opportunity in DC that the international gourmet historian cannot ignore though it means remaining in one place.

    Military explosives detachment specialist Noah McLeod is fortunate not to have been splattered with his latest bomb disposal. He and Grace meet at a dumpster where someone discarded kittens. They are attracted to each other, but he knows he cannot offer her what he believes she deserves. However, when her beloved grandpa takes a bad fall that has left him with amnesia, Grace heads home to the Oregon barrier isle Summer Island to care for him while he heals. Her departure is a wake up call for Noah who knows life without his Grace would be unbearably lonely.

    This is an entertaining contemporary romance starring two likable individuals who fall in love but each believes they have no long term future together. Although several support characters detract from the overall engaging sequel to Christina Skye's entry to The Knitting Diaries anthology (see Return to Summer Island), fans will enjoy this return to the Oregon coast.

    Harriet Klausner

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