Sand Castles

Sand Castles

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by Antoinette Stockenberg

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WINNING A LOTTERY ... who hasn't dreamed of it?

Wendy Hodene, for one. She has always been one of those people for whom just enough is plenty. She's married to a charmer, has a young son she loves, and lives close to family in a small New England house that her great-grandfather built. True, she'd love to have room for a three-cushion couch (and of course…  See more details below


WINNING A LOTTERY ... who hasn't dreamed of it?

Wendy Hodene, for one. She has always been one of those people for whom just enough is plenty. She's married to a charmer, has a young son she loves, and lives close to family in a small New England house that her great-grandfather built. True, she'd love to have room for a three-cushion couch (and of course more closet space), but all in all, she's happy with her life.

Happy, until her husband Jim goes and wins a lottery, upending every reassuring aspect of Wendy's existence. The man she thought she was married to for a decade turns out to be someone else entirely; the house she thought she wanted renovated turns into a stress-inducing pile of dust and demolition; the son who once desired nothing more than a new video game now wants a big new house on the beach; and the mysterious contractor who shows up among the crew on a fine June morning turns out to be a man who's both able and willing to destroy all that Wendy holds dear.

Zack Tompkins has better things to do than to knock down walls and put in floor joists, but his fragile and heartbroken sister Zina is convinced that the lottery winner whose photo she's seen in a newspaper is the man who once married and then abandoned her. It doesn't take long after he's signed on as crew in the Hodene renovation for Zack to see that Zina was right. His choice then becomes all too clear: wound his sister, or tear apart a family.

As dreams and schemes are washed away like sand castles from an incoming tide, one truth remains: some hearts, not fully broken, can mend and still be whole again.

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Editorial Reviews

Old Book Barn Gazette - Heather Heath
"This book was wonderful! In fact, I was so caught up in the story, I forgot to analyze anything. Twists, good dialogue and a question to answer at the end .... Kudos ... an excellent read.
Library Journal
"Well-drawn, sympathetic characters, exceptional writing, and an intriguing premise that puts a new spin on a classic plot combine to produce a riveting story of selfishness, betrayal, and love that readers will find hard to put down. Stockenberg is a RITA Award-winning author and is noted for her compelling, emotionally involving stories.
The Word on Romance - Kimberly Lightfood
"A beautiful story filled with imagination, complexity, and sweet love, SAND CASTLES had plot twists that had me tearing through the pages to find out what happened next. A keeper and a must-have for all lovers of romance."
Booklist - Maria Hatton
"Moral dilemmas abound in this intriguing and compelling tale."
BookBrowser Reviews - Harriet Klausner
"A powerful suspense thriller ... the characters are a superb group, especially the key foursome. The plot is filled with twists and turns ... fans of taut thrillers with a romance will want to read this strong intrigue."

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Sand Castles 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read several of this author's books and every one has been hard to put down. Some are more lighthearted and some are less. This one asks the question what would you do if overnight you became a millionaire? The answer is "be careful what you wish for." The characters are so real you feel you know them. Zina, the hero's sister who cares for animals in a shelter, was especially sympathetic. A touching, charming read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I have a question, why do people post a review, when they haven't read the book? This is not fair to people interested in the book nor to the author. Reading someone else's review, then saying I don't think I would like this story and giving it one or two stars is rude, cruel and pompous. Please read or if you chose not to read, simply don't post a rating. This book was a fun read. The heroine, Wendy was a woman, satisfied with her life, family and home, when a lottery win turned her life upside down in unexpected ways. Zane, was a nice addition to the story and played the strong male role, a must in fluff fomance and angst books. At first I thought the husband would end up being the hero, because he played the role of victim so well. Zane's sister came across as a vapid, nut case, sweet, but unable to face reality. In the end, she had a bit more depth to her character. My favorite person in this story was the son, he was as exactly what he should be, created perfectly. I wish he played a larger role in the book. This book taught the lesson, be careful what you wish for, if your wish comes true, you may also get unwanted consequences. I think the fate of one of the main characters was just a little too neat and tidy, as if the author did not know what else to do with the role at that point. All in all, this book was enjoyable, held my interest and I archived it, so at some point I can reread it. It was well edited as well.
Chrystala More than 1 year ago
Figured I'd take a chance on this book since it was on sale for 99 cents. So glad I did. It's a great read that's so hard to put down. Read it in just a day. Afterwards I bought 2 more of her books.
NookaholicAC More than 1 year ago
Love Antoinette's books, though this one was not as good as her others. Still deserves 4 stars. Not many likeable characters in this one. Wendy and Zach, yes, but Zinna is too frail of mind and body, and Jim is just downright terrible. Didn't like him even before I knew more about him. Did not have many twists or turns in this book as per usual for Ms. Stockenberg. Makes you think twice though about becoming an overnight millionaire though. All in all a good read for the buck. It shows 1148 pages, but Sand Castles is only 848 pages, the rest is this and that about her upcoming and previous books. I will continue to read her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was shocked by how good this book actually is! Had a slow start but it was worth it! Must read
deodara More than 1 year ago
Another winner by this author…this was the fourth book I've read of hers. I’m still enjoying the experience of a get-away “beach read” that is entertaining AND well written—I have to say, Stockenberg’s well-crafted writing beats out many a book I've read on the NYT bestseller list! As with her previous books, all the elements of a good read hold up in this story…characters, language, story line, romance, mystery. Keep them coming!
SuperMomof4 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read by Antoinette Stockenberg (A Month at the Shore being the first). I was not as impressed by this book as I was by the first book I read. The characters in Sand Castles were somewhat inconsistent, although the main hero and heroine were quite likeable. The plot was not nearly as suspenseful as I had hoped. I would recommend the author again, but I don't think I would recommend this particular work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As comforting as a cup of tea on the veranda. Easy to read, good story line and well executed. If you've ever dreamed of winning the lottery, you will enjoy this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She did it again. Great story line. Kept me going all the way. Really enjoyed this book. Great summer read..........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Good plot and good characters. Couldn't put it down at times. I enjoy this author's work and have read several of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and kept my interest. Nice setting, and the heroine is very down to earth and you can completely relate to her. As for Zack, there's nothing sexier than a guy with a tool belt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Great characters; very realistic. This could happen. Makes you think and go hm..........sw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprising plot twists brough an end to a warm engrossing story. I really enjoyed this book, although I usually enjoy more sex scenes, but they didn't fit with the plot!
jesNH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story that kept me rivited as to the outcome. Very interesting characters that delivered whether they were likeable or not. This story had both. This is the first book by this author I read. I plan to read more. Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author. Her stories are great, clean, and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As others have commented, this story has a very likeable hero and heroine and enough twists and turns to keep you reading. I was glad to see that the hero's sister Zina ended up okay. I'll be looking for other works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and the plot. Just the right amount of romance too.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great author and wonderful book! I recommend very highly!!
KristiSixx More than 1 year ago
I bought this on sale on my nook over the summer and finally finished reading it during the last 2 weeks. It took me until about halfway through the book to get into it. Then, the action all unfolded pretty quick. Generally, I don't read romantic fiction, but I enjoyed this book. Although the characters were predictable as well as the plot, I did find it hard to put the book down once the action really started. I might by other books by this author if I find myself renting another house at the beach next summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and suspense. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Couldnt put ir down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
goood book ss