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Sea Glass Sunrise
     

Sea Glass Sunrise

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by Donna Kauffman
 

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“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” —Lori Foster

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 D.C. lawyer Hannah McCrae

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“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” —Lori Foster

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 D.C. 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”…

Includes a delicious wedding cake recipe!

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"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!"

—Lori Foster

Library Journal
06/15/2015
Back in Maine for her brother's wedding and to rebuild her life quietly after a humiliating end to a disastrous relationship, brilliant DC attorney Hannah McCrae finds herself drawn into a 100-year-old blood feud while also attracted to a rugged contractor she knows is not her type and may be on the wrong end of a development project. Calder Blue has his own agenda, and when his great-uncle's dock goes up in flames and Calder is the chief suspect, he needs Hannah on his side—and not just as his lawyer. Sexual tension crackles between the pair as they work against time to track down a villain and finally give into their feelings and let go of the past. VERDICT Sweet, sexy, and sigh-worthy, this small-town charmer takes readers back to tiny Blueberry Cove and launches a linked miniseries that promises to be as entertaining, character-rich, and emotionally engaging as its predecessor, The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove. Kauffman (Sandpiper Island) lives in Virginia near DC.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420137453
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Series:
Brides of Blueberry Cove Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
405,448
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sea Glass Sunrise


By DONNA KAUFFMAN

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2015 Donna Kauffman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3746-0


CHAPTER 1

So, there was going to be a June wedding after all. Only it wouldn't be Hannah McCrae in a gorgeous white dress, walking down the aisle.

No, she'd be swathed in wildflower blue. Or spring leaf green. Or dandelion yellow. Or some other color found only in nature and bridesmaid's dresses.

Hannah didn't slow down as she passed the cheery, hand-painted sign welcoming her to Blueberry Cove, Maine. Chartered in 1715. Population 303. "Make that three hundred and four," she murmured, still undecided on when she was going to share that little tidbit with the rest of her family.

She should be happy for her big brother and his impending nuptials. And she was happy. Truly. Logan deserved all the love and fulfillment in the world and she was thrilled he'd finally found them. Alex MacFarland had gotten herself a good guy. Probably the last remaining good guy on the planet.

Not that Hannah was biased or anything. Or cynical, for that matter. Okay, so maybe she was a little cynical. All right, more than a little. Who could blame her after the year she'd had?

Hannah wove through the narrow streets of her hometown on autopilot, too distracted by her thoughts to soak up the sense of belonging, the unconditional love she always felt simply entering the Cove. Unable to sleep, she'd left her Old Town Alexandria row house at four that morning, then driven north for thirteen straight hours, fueled solely by the promise of that much-needed hometown group hug. Well, that and the king-sized bag of chocolate-covered pretzels presently tucked in her lap.

She dug in for another fix. They'd been an impulse buy when she'd filled her tank after passing through New York City. She couldn't even say why. She hated salty and sweet together. Of course, she'd also hated finding out the guy she'd been giddily anticipating a marriage proposal from at any second had already proposed to someone else. In fact, he'd not only proposed to someone else, he'd married her. Four years ago. Which meant Hannah had spent eighteen months dating a married man. Eighteen monumentally stupid, blind-as-a-bat, how-could-I-be-such-an-idiot months!

She was a trial attorney, for God's sake. A damn good one. She earned her living by knowing when people were lying to her. How could she not have known? How could she not have had at least some inkling of a suspicion long before Tim's very petite, very blond, and exceedingly pregnant, sweet-faced wife stalked into Hannah's office, in front of God and everyone—and by God, she meant Findley Holcombe, the senior partner of Holcombe and Daggett, and by everyone, she meant, well, everyone—and announced, quite loudly, using language that could only be described as salty, just what Hannah could do to herself, and stop doing to her husband?

Yeah, Hannah thought, and shoved the pretzel back in the bag. She hated salty and sweet.

As the Rusty Puffin pub came into view, she felt a tug in her chest, and a knot form in her throat. She wanted nothing more than to pull over, run inside, and be immediately folded into one of her uncle Fergus's big bear hugs, but she couldn't trust herself not to fall apart all over him. No way would she get out of there without telling him why she was a wreck, which would be as good as telling the entire town. Instead, she whispered a silent I love you, knowing she'd see him soon enough at the wedding rehearsal the following afternoon, and continued toward the coast road that would take her out to Pelican Point ... and home.

She didn't see the pickup truck until it was too late.

One second, she was glancing over at the tall shoots of summer lupines, in all their purple, pink, and white stalks of glory, and—dammit—digging out another chocolate-covered pretzel. The next, she was slamming her brakes and swerving to miss the tail end of the big dark green dually that was suddenly somehow passing right in front of her.

She missed the truck's rear bumper by a hairbreadth, but the hand-painted sign on the far side of the intersection advertising Beanie's Fat Quarters, The best little quilt shop in Blueberry Cove! wasn't so lucky.

It all happened so fast, and yet each second seemed to be somehow elastic, as if she could live a lifetime inside of every single heartbeat of the accident as she was swerving through it. So many thoughts went through her mind as she careened toward the sign she knew Beanie's husband Carl had so proudly painted for his wife when she'd opened up her little shop, what, fifteen years ago now? Sixteen? Hannah had just graduated high school. Carl had done the town sign, too, right in his adorable little potting shed-turned-art studio, touching the signs up like new every spring after the winter season did its number on them. And yes, okay, that made two good men, but Carl had gone to his great reward just last year, so that left Logan as the only one still breathing.

So many thoughts raced around inside Hannah's brain in those weirdly elastic, terrifying, life-threatening seconds. The things she should have said to Tim during their final confrontation—on Christmas Eve, no less; that she should have told Logan and her sisters what had happened; that she should have come home for Christmas or the New Year, or both, and leaned on them instead of shouldering the holidays and the six months that had elapsed since then alone. That maybe she should have tried harder to make her newfound notoriety in the Capitol Hill legal community work for her, that she still felt terribly guilty for being involved with someone who was married to someone else, even if she hadn't known, and hating—hating—that she'd ultimately caved, quit, and come running back home to the Cove with her humiliation tucked between her legs like the tail of failure and shame that it was.

Then Carl's once-beautiful sign raced right up to the hood of her car and no amount of further wheel yanking and swerving was going to save her from smashing right into it. There was a small explosion as her air bag deployed, punching her in the face and chest, just as her shoulder harness jerked her tightly against her seat back. Her thoughts were yanked instantly back to the present as she plowed straight into the stack of brightly colored plaid quilting squares painted on the bottom corner of the sign. Sorry, Beanie, she thought inanely, along with Shit, shit, shit! as she finally slid to a stop a mere speck of an inch before hitting the cluster of tall ash trees that stood just behind the sign.

She instinctively batted at the white, puffy bag, trying to keep it from smothering her, as she struggled to regain clarity of thought. Her head was buzzing from the adrenaline rush, her pulse was pounding in her ears, and her face hurt. A lot. So did her shoulder. Then the driver's-side door was being pulled open and there was a man crouching next to her. At least, given the deep voice, she assumed it was a man; she was still wrestling with the air bag.

"You okay?" he asked, his voice all deep and dark and smoky in that bass vibrato kind of way that sent shivers down a woman's spine. Though, in all fairness, her ears were ringing from the impact and she was pretty sure shock was setting in, so it could have just been an aftereffect of the collision.

He effortlessly collapsed the air bag with one broad palm. "Whoa, whoa," he added quickly, putting those broad, warm palms gently but firmly on her wrist and shoulder when she tried to wrestle off her seat belt. "Let's make sure you're okay before you move too much, all right?"

She wanted to be the cool, competent, in-control—always in-control—attorney she was. Not the exhausted, injured, bordering-on-hysterical idiot who stupidly and blindly dated married men yet still got the shivers over a smoky, hot, sexy voice. Sadly, the latter was the best she had to offer at the moment. "What ... happened?" she managed, her voice sounding oddly tight, bordering on shrill. "Where did you come from?"

"I came from your left, through the intersection. You ran the stop sign. Not sure how you didn't see me."

She leaned her head gingerly back against the headrest, eyes still closed, willing her brain to get straight and her face to stop throbbing. "What stop sign? There's no stop sign going that way."

She felt his broad hands grow even gentler on her arm. "Well, then I took those big, red octagonal things with the word STOP on them the wrong way, but let's not worry about that. You didn't hit me."

"Yeah," she said, her breath coming out in small pants, her heart still feeling a little out of control as the shakes started to set in. "Good. I'm sorry. For scaring you. I—I'll be okay. You don't need to stay. I just need a few minutes, that's all." And a few painkillers. Possibly a few stitches. And a very long nap. "It's not ... your problem," she gritted out, bolstering herself for another attempt to undo her seat belt. Though she might want to shoot for opening her eyes first. Yeah. Maybe a few more minutes. "Thank you, though. For stopping."

"Well, the sign is DOA," he continued calmly, in that spine-tingling voice of his, as if she hadn't just summarily dismissed him. "And given the steam rising from under the hood, your car might need more than a little CPR, too." She heard him pushing at the air bag and she felt him angle in for a closer look. "Looks like you took a bit of a hit from the air bag canister when it popped. And, uh ..."

At the odd edge in his voice, she cracked open one eye and caught sight of a head of tawny, sun-streaked brown hair. She couldn't see his face, because he was staring at her ... boobs? Really? She'd have snorted in disgust if she hadn't been pretty sure doing so would make her face fall off. "Someone from town will tow me," she said, barely restraining the urge to pull his head back. By the hair. Now get your stupid man face out of my boobs. She sighed. Six years of college, summers spent clerking for a federal court judge, a law degree, and a fast-tracked position in one of Capitol Hill's premiere litigation firms ... and the best she could do was stupid man face? Maybe she needed more than a long nap.

"Good." He glanced up then and met her slitted gaze with an easy expression and eyes the color of warm honey. "You might want to call the paramedics while you're at it."

Oh God. She closed her eyes again, not wanting to know what her face must look like. Given how badly it hurt, she was guessing not great. Oh shit! The wedding! She shut that train of thought down immediately, knowing it wouldn't help her at the moment. "How ... bad ...?" she managed, too afraid to open her eyes again and look in the rearview mirror. Maybe she had far worse injuries than whatever had happened to her face, only she couldn't feel them because she was in shock. Maybe—

"Well, I'm not sure," he said in a serious tone, "but I think you've been gut shot by Willy Wonka."

She frowned, winced, then gingerly lifted her head from the headrest and peered downward. The air bag had smashed the chocolate pretzels into a crumbly, chocolate blob and plastered them across the front of her once-beautiful Helona Georgette white silk blouse. She let out a long, shaky sigh of relief and closed her eyes again. "Bastard," she breathed, then was surprised to feel her lips curving upward when he chuckled, even though the hint of a smile only intensified the throbbing. It was a nice sound, his laugh—rich, deep, and inviting, just like his voice, and his eyes, she thought.

"Wiggle your toes," he said, and she cracked her eyes open again. "Make sure your legs are okay, and your back."

"They're fine," she said, but wiggled her toes inside her leather flats, just in case. "Are you a doctor?"

"Contractor," he replied. "I'm going to call someone to come get your car, come take a look at you." He straightened. "Sit tight for a few minutes."

She wanted to insist once again that he go on his way, but what came out was, "I think I can manage that."

She also managed to open her eyes enough to watch him step to the front of her car and survey the damage. The deflated air bag was in her lap now, so her view through the front windshield was unobstructed. She should be looking at the damage to her car, too. Or reaching for the rearview mirror to take a gander at the damage to her face. What she did instead, however, was take a gander at her Good Samaritan.

He wasn't a local. At least not one who'd lived in the Cove for any length of time. She hadn't been home in a couple of years, but she'd have remembered him. A contractor, he'd said. Probably in town temporarily then, on a job of some kind. Or maybe not working in the Cove at all, but just passing through on his way down to Machias, or up to Lubec. It was all too much to ponder and her face hurt too much to think it through. So she let her head loll back on the headrest, focused on releasing the post-crash tension from her neck and shoulders, and used the moment to mindlessly enjoy the view.

He was tall. And big. Not like a gym-obsessed muscle-head or anything. More like a lumberjack or, well, a contractor. The kind of man who'd gotten those broad, thickly muscled shoulders, and biceps that strained the armbands of his short-sleeved polo shirt through honest, hard labor. His chest filled out the soft, dark green cotton pretty nicely, too. Her gaze drifted downward, approving the flat stomach where his shirt was tucked into the waistband of his jeans. His approval rating climbed further when he bent down to look under her car, giving her a nice view of the back pockets of those jeans. Not a baggy, saggy inch of denim to be found there. No, sir. Not when he straightened again, either. Damn. Her gaze had moved back to his face, cataloging the honey-colored eyes, tanned skin, the smooth angle to his jaw, and that mouth wasn't bad either ... when he lifted his gaze directly to hers, as if he'd felt her watching him.

Maybe he had, she thought, a little dazedly. She felt like she'd been visually frisking him.

The late-afternoon sun backlit his hunky, decidedly masculine frame, casting his face and those thickly lashed eyes in shadow. Her gaze drifted to his hands again as she remembered how they'd felt, keeping her steady in those first moments after the crash. He looked like the perfect guy. All gorgeous, courteous, manly-man rescuer of damsels in distress.

She felt a hot rush of attraction zip right through her recently traumatized system. And by trauma, she didn't mean the car crash. She blamed it on that, though, all the same. All that adrenaline and pain, making her a little lightheaded. Had to be it. Otherwise she was quite certain she'd have looked at him and felt nothing. Because not only had she sworn off men in general, she'd sworn off men who made her girl parts tingle very specifically.

One thing was certain. Looks were deceiving. Because there were no perfect men. "Just perfect idiots," she muttered, lifting her hand from the wheel, as if taking an oath. "Yes, your honor, guilty as charged. No need for a trial. The evidence is overwhelming." She looked at him again ... and, yep, definite tingles. Book me, lock me up, and throw away the key, judge. Because that's apparently the only way I'm going to save me from myself.


Calder Blue wasn't sure if the woman still strapped in the driver's seat of the banged-up Audi was waving at him or blocking the sun from her eyes, but he didn't wave back. He also didn't take his eyes off her, though he couldn't have said exactly why.

She wasn't his type. On first glance, she was all money and status and high maintenance wrapped up in the veneer of fierce independence. She hadn't wasted any time making sure he knew she was perfectly capable of taking care of herself, despite glaring evidence to the contrary. In his experience, women like that always ended up being the clingiest, the neediest, though they'd deny it to their dying breath. They shoved that fierce independence front and center like a thick, impenetrable wall, then all but begged a man to batter his way through it. In reality, that wall would always turn out to be a thin, barely held together smokescreen designed to hide things like deep-seated insecurity, massive self-doubt, and low self-esteem. When that wobbly facade came tumbling down—and it always did—the real-world light would then shine into all those hidden neurotic nooks and crannies.

Give him a down-to-earth, capable woman who didn't waste time labeling things or shoving anything in anyone's face, but simply took care of business because that was how the world turned, offering a hand when she could, taking a hand when she needed one. A smile, a wave of thanks, or you're welcome was all that was needed. No endless analysis of every little thing. Not giving a damn what anyone else thought of her. That, to him, was true independence.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Sea Glass Sunrise by DONNA KAUFFMAN. Copyright © 2015 Donna Kauffman. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, Donna Kauffman has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia, where she is presently applying her crafty DIY skills to decorating her new mountainside abode. Well, when she isn’t busy trying to keep the bears from hanging out in her flower and vegetable garden all day and night!  With her new Brides of Blueberry Cove series, Donna’s been having a blast applying those same restoration and design skills to doing some fictional wedding planning. Of course, if that means haunting all those lovely antique shops and flea markets that are so plentiful in her new neck of the woods, well, it’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. When she’s not finding ways to take her love of all things rustic and vintage and give them a fabulous seaside, coastal Maine wedding party twist, she loves to hear from readers!  You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.

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Sea Glass Sunrise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
tlsloves2read More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the story of Hannah and Calder so much that it was one of those books that I couldn't put down (too bad I had to work) and then when it ended, I wanted it to go on. Huge romance fan and love when a story makes me laugh out loud, which this did. Was so caught up in reading all the details of the residents and businesses of the small town of Blueberry Cove, that it made me want to take a trip there. Can't wait for Fiona's story in the next book, Snowflake Bay!
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I had purchased Donna Kauffman’s books as soon as they went on sale however they sat on my TBR shelf. I should know better as she has been a favorite author for a long time. I read all three of the previous books in The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Series and Sea Glass Sunrise is the first in The Brides of Blueberry Cove in the next part of the series. I loved it. Plain and simple. I literally laughed out loud thru most of the first half of the book. I mean snort-filled belly laughs. And then the story took a serious turn and it was thrilling with twists and turns and drama. I truly loved the family interaction of Hannah McCrae and her brother and sisters (we met Sheriff McCrae in the first book of the previous series). I wish I had the relationship with my family that Hannah has with hers. And Calder Blue…[insert sigh here]. He was a terrific character and again, I’d love to meet someone like him in real life. Hannah and Calder make a great team. Read the series, people. You won’t be disappointed.
redhotpv More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is Book 1 in the new Brides of Blueberry Cove series. It has a good blend of romance, humor and suspense. There is a strong chemistry between the two main characters that pulls you into their story and keeps you there. As an avid romance reader I have never been disappointed when I read one of Donna's books, and this one is definitely worth reading. I highly recommend it!
cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has romance, a little mystery and great supporting characters. It is very well written and kept me turning the  pages wanting more. This is the first in The Brides of Blueberry Cove and I can't wait for more. The McCrae sisters are forces to be  reckoned with. This story is Hannah and Calder's. Hannah McCrae is coming home to Blueberry Cove for her brother's wedding. She is coming home with secrets. Distracted she almost hits Calder Blue when she runs a stop sign. Calder Blue is in town to check out a potential job. The attraction is immediate. After running into each other several times they finally give in to the attraction. They both have things going on in their lives and falling in love isn't one of them. Will they realize what they have? I loved the romance in this book. I immediately connected with the characters and can't wait to visit Blueberry Cove again.  I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a feel good romance.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
Excellent!  I enjoyed every turn of the page!!  Great mix of funny, sexy and peril.  Calder and Hannah are Best!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get comfortable and join the story of Blueberry Cove. The Cove will immediately invite you in with two main characters that are strong, sexy, sassy, and smart! In the Cove you will find some family drama and mystery that will lead you into a great read! I give this book two thumbs up and eagerly await more...give me more Ms. Kauffman!
Lynngrier More than 1 year ago
also love small town romances and Sea Glass Sunrise just hit the spot. This is the first book in the series The Brides of Blueberry Cove and my first read by Donna Kauffman. This book kept me turning pages and totally engaged with Hannah and Calder. Its a keeper for me. Blueberry Cove will keep you wanting more of the series and looking forward to the next book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Sea Glass Sunrise has a little something for every reader. Romance readers there is definitely sparks and chemistry between Calder and Hannah. A hint of mystery and a whole lot of action. Donna Kauffman did a wonderful job of intermingling all these elements. She created a beautiful story. Received an ARC of Sea Glass Sunrise for an honest review.
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Res. # 2. Introdution and main clearing 3. Bios 4. YOU ARE HERE 5. Warriors den 6. Leaders den 7. Medicine cats den 8. Appretices den 9. Nursery Every other res. is beach or moor. There's also some woods. ~Seastar
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Donna Kauffman brings us back to Blueberry Cove, Maine with her new series The Brides of Blueberry Cove! Book One - Sea Glass Sunrise, emotionally charged on all cylinders! Hannah McCrae is returning to Blueberry Cove for the happiest occasion in the McCrae family history, at last her big brother and Chief of Police, Logan McCrae is getting married! A top notch attorney in Washington DC, Hannah travels straight through to make it home with nothing but a bag chocolate covered pretzels as company. Hannah just can't wait to get home, she's co-maid of honor in the wedding such a happy occasion that has everyone in the cove is looking forward to. She is determined no trace of the real reason that has her yearning for the sight of her tower that once provided all her with protection can be seen especially by those who love her. She wonders if she will be able to pull it off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, but there were certainly a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. I have enjoyed all of her previous books, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get interested. Skipped but didn't help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book - 272 pages.
pkgeihs54 More than 1 year ago
The book has all the same flair and class as Doona's characters always have. The best thing I can say is that I simply can't wait for October and the next installment!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Small town charm and drama, meddling, loving family, and a love story that took my breath away, those are the ingredients of this lovely summery read. The small town in Maine has its colorful history, and the founding families, who still battle with the aftermaths of the feuds started long ago. The story is riddled with family history, events that led to the standing the families now have, and the tragedies behind the events. The McCrae siblings have a rare kind of bond, loving, caring, protective, yet they are not shy about ribbing each other, the dry humor and sass amongst them often leads them to laughter and big group hugs. Hannah and Calder have an instant attraction to each other, and I absolutely loved them together. They have so much in common, they fit together well. The humor is contagious, there's so much joy, laughter, fun, heat, passion, caring, and respect between them. I loved how the thought process is expressed, that Calder goes through to figure out his feelings towards Hannah, it was fresh and adorable. Every encounter they have left me smiling, their honesty and openness towards each other is refreshing. The mystery behind the explosion at the boathouse is intriguing, as they walk the steps to figure out the culprit. The tension that comes from the events following of the explosion was well built, and the whole crime/suspense aspect of the story for me was a lovely surprise. The tale is pure entertainment; the big family, the small town dynamics, the delightful love story, all spiked with humor, laughter, and glee, that made me smile ~ Four Spoons
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
I love small town stories and I think Donna Kauffman did a great job with this one. Instead of writing 1 main series, Donna actually separated the series to 2 series - The Bachelors and The Brides. I thought that it was really interesting. I have read a couple of the books from The Bachelor's series and somehow splitting the series into the guys version and the girls version made it seem more fun. I love the characters of Hannah and Calder, especially Calder. As Hannah said, Calder is a humanitarian - treats people well and treats horses even better. They were simply explosive together. I especially love the references to Gone With The Wind. It made the story really fun and full of humor. Apart from the chemistry and the humor, there was also a touch of suspense in the story. Great to have some twists. The small downside to me was (as some other reviewers have mentioned) there were quite a lot of things included in the story - a wedding,  a family feud, an arson, the harbor development and Hannah’s siblings. It got a little confusing for me. But I still did enjoy this story very much and I would definitely read the rest of the series. One word of advice though - although it's not necessary, I think it's better to read the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series before you start on this one. It think the whole picture would be clearer. * Many thanks to Donna Kauffman for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Hannah McCrae is coming back to Blueberry Cove, Maine for her brother Logan's wedding. What her family doesn't know is she dumped her ex (who was married, with a pregnant wife unbeknownst to her); quit her high paying job as a trial attorney and is planning on moving back to Blueberry Cove for good. Hannah is almost back home when she gets into an accident because of a new stop sign that she was unaware of. The truck she almost hits belongs to Calder Blue and the two of them have immediate chemistry. As the two of them talk, Hannah realizes Calder has a connection to the Blue's in Blueberry Cove. Years ago there was a division in the Blue family and Calder's half moved away from Blueberry Cove to St. Croix. Since then, a St. Croix Blue has never come back to Blueberry Cove so this is big news for the little town. As the mystery unfolds regarding why Calder is in Blueberry Cove, he keeps running into Hannah. Their conversations were great! I loved the take on their love of old movies. The chemistry between these two just kept getting hotter and hotter! When Blueberry Cove's Jonah Blue's boathouse is blown up, of course Calder Blue is the primary suspect. Hannah steps forward to represent Calder much to the surprise of her brother, Police Chief, Logan McCrae. As they work together to prove his innocence, they grow closer and closer. I loved these two together. I really enjoyed how they both were just so drawn to each other like they couldn't breathe without the other. I loved the mystery around the explosion. Kept me guessing up until the end. I loved Hannah's sister's Fiona and Kerry...these two are a hoot and I can't wait for their stories. Overall, a great story with great, likable characters.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Kauffman has definitely done it again.  This novel was a fantastic, approachable read with all the bells and whistles.  The characters in this novel have the ‘awww’ happy kind of love.  It’s fantastic.  There is such unmistakable tenderness throughout.  Readers also get to experience the Maine coast & small town life via Kaufmann’s picturesque writing.  I’ll admit, at the beginning, even though I was enjoying the story, I was wondering exactly what direction it was heading in.  By about 20% through, I couldn’t put the story down or get it out of my head.  The well plotted and executed tale took me on twists and turns that one rarely sees in contemporary romance, but that really make the novel stand out.   The McCrae sisters are a fantastic trio that I’m dying to get more of.  The closeness of these sisters, and the way that they interact with one another was so genuine that I felt as if I were part of a family moment.  The Blue family history added an extra twist to the tale that I loved unravelling.  There were also lots of introspective moments that really draw you to the main characters as individuals.  I loved getting a look at their feelings, fears, and desires, as well as how this all comes together to make these individuals who they are.  I loved getting a look at how Hannah thinks and views things.  The scattered, multiple thought trains at once was fantastic.  I felt as if I really got to know the real her through it.  Because of these intriguing two main characters I’ll never look at Gone With The Wind or Oliver Twist the same way again.  These literarily inclined characters were definitely a treat.   Kauffman never fails to leave me with a smile on my face at the end of a novel.  This one was no exception.  It’s a fantastic read for all those who enjoy contemporary romance.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
ShellyE More than 1 year ago
**I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** Hannah McCrae comes home to Blueberry Cove to attend her brother Logan’s (Pelican Point) wedding. Running from an awkward personal relationship that caused great embarrassment at her place of employment, the last thing she needs or wants is to get mixed up with another charming man. The first person she runs into (literally) is Calder Blue – a member of the “infamous” Blue clan. Calder is in town to discover the hidden motives behind his contract to build a yacht club in this sleepy community. This book is another fine example of Donna Kauffman’s great story telling. She creates characters that everyone can relate to, that you can feel for, or would love to know personally. The sexual tension between the H/h is always smokin’ hot. The secondary characters are just that – characters. You wind up hoping that they will all get their own story eventually. Throw in a little suspense, and you’ve got a great read. If you liked the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove, you’ll love the Brides of Blueberry Cove.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful addition to the Blueberry Cove series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is the first book of the bride series. Hannah has returned home for her brother's wedding and to start over after a disastrous relationship. Calder ha moved to Blueberry Cove to build a Yacht Club. The first time that they meet is in a fender bender. There is an instant chemistry between the two, but both fight it off, but how long can they fend of their feelings for each other. This book will have you smiling and laughing with the situations and the town folk. I think I would like to move to Blueberry Cove, after reading her books. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of small town romance. Can't wait to read the rest of bride books.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Fun Summer Romance - 1st in New Series I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. A light hearted contemporary romance, Sea Glass Sunrise by Donna Kauffman is the first book in the Brides of Blueberry Cove series, a spin-off from her Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series.  Set in a small fictional town in Maine, Ms. Kauffman’s story is filled with colorful characters, family drama, a sizzling romance and a touch of comedy.  While tied to another series, this is a book which can be read on its own. Returning to Blueberry Cove for her only brother’s wedding, Hanna McCrae plans to start her life over.  Humiliated both personally and professionally by a romance which was a huge mistake, Hannah left her once promising career as an attorney in D.C. to return to the small town she once called home and is filled with people who love her.  Only her first day back doesn’t exactly work out as planned, traffic accident caused by a new stop sign she wasn’t aware of, and soon she’s can’t remember why she wrote off hot men. Calder Blue has travelled to Blueberry Cove to conduct some business and settle a two hundred year old family feud.  Becoming involved in a traffic accident with a pretty lady was not a part of his plans, though he’s definitely attracted to the woman.  Will his temporary stay in Blueberry Cove turn into something permanent? Ms. Kauffman does a good job developing the characters of both Hannah and Calder, though I have to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Hannah at first (let’s just say she was foolish when it came to her previous romance).  While both Hannah and Calder have romance issues from the past, they couldn’t help being attracted to each other from the start.  It helped that they each found the other extremely attractive.  I enjoyed watching their romance develop from what could have been a tragic incident and it helped that both characters had a good sense of humor and were decent people overall. The secondary characters were also well developed and I really enjoyed getting to know the people in Blueberry Cove.  I especially liked Hannah’s family, her brother Logan, Alex McFarland, his fiancée/bride, and Hannah’ younger sister Fiona, who is a real hoot and has a wicked fashion sense.  I also enjoyed getting to know Calder’s estranged family and Barbara Benson, one of the town’s police officers, who also happened to be the McCrae family’s substitute mom. Will Hannah and Calder give their blistering attraction a chance to develop into something more than a temporary romance?  Will Calder be able to get his family to move on from their 200 year old feud?  And will the town of Blueberry Cove be the home they are both looking for?  You’ll have to read Sea Glass Sunrise to find out.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read Snowflake Bay, the second book in the series featuring Fiona, which will be published in September. 
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
It was the book title and cover that first caught my attention. I've read Donna Kauffman's books before and somehow I feel her books are a hit and miss for me. Nevertheless I decided to try this new series out especially since it had such a beautiful name. The story did start off slow in my opinion. It included lots of details and thanks to the 2 strong leading characters, they managed to stand out. The connection between the McCraes were something heartwarming and it was nice seeing the bond that they shared. Hannah and Calder's chemistry kept sizzling with each encounter they had and Calder made it difficult for Hannah to resist the attraction with his gentlemanliness, personality, ease of conversation and needless to say his good looks. I was surprised by the twist as the story unfolds and that was when the story picked up. Overall, I enjoyed how the relationship developed between Hannah and Calder, reading about the additional characters and the setting in this small town Blueberry Cove. I can't wait to read about the remaining sisters. I hope Logan will have his own story told as well. "Sea glass," she said. "Is it from - you didn't have this on before." "I found it in my jeans pocket. It was what I had. Of you. Of that perfect day." "There's an ancient belief that if you wear a piece of something you gathered in a meaningful place, carry it with you, you'll go back there someday." Reading this just gave me a happy sweet contented sigh... Many thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.