Sea of Love: A Bayberry Island Novel

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan welcomes you to Bayberry Island, a special place between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket where a bronze mermaid statue promises to grant true love to anyone who asks with an open heart…

For years Rowan Flynn distanced herself from Bayberry Island and its infamous mermaid legend. But after her investor fiancé lost what was left of her family’s fortune, Rowan reluctantly agreed to run the Safe Haven Bed-and-Breakfast, determined ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan welcomes you to Bayberry Island, a special place between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket where a bronze mermaid statue promises to grant true love to anyone who asks with an open heart…

For years Rowan Flynn distanced herself from Bayberry Island and its infamous mermaid legend. But after her investor fiancé lost what was left of her family’s fortune, Rowan reluctantly agreed to run the Safe Haven Bed-and-Breakfast, determined never again to fall for the ridiculous fantasy of the mermaid matchmaker.

Now Rowan is just biding her time until she can return to her “real” life in New York, fixing up the B and B and avoiding neighbors who are angry that the Flynns won’t sell their land to a developer set on turning the island into a glitzy vacation destination.

But when a handsome stranger arrives at the B and B the night before the annual Mermaid Festival, Rowan’s life takes a turn for the interesting. Could it be the divine hand of the town’s patroness? Or is Rowan being set up for another disappointment?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
The first entry in Donovan’s new series is a lovely blend of romance and women’s fiction. Neither Rowan Flynn nor Ashton Louis Wallace is looking for love. Rowan has slunk home to Bayberry Island—“the Key West of New England,” where locals and tourists alike dress in costumes and there are brawls between rival gangs of fairies and mermaids—after her fiancé turned out to be a con man. Ash is on the island undercover, working for a real estate developer trying to buy the Flynns’ land. When Ashton unwillingly becomes the Mermaid Festival’s bachelor mascot, the magic of the festival and the island works on both of them. Rowan and Ashton’s instant, intense attraction steams up the pages, but Donovan’s real triumph is turning them into complex characters who share a believable connection and are fun without being wacky. As they encourage each other to grow, plausible inner and outer conflicts turn into great chemistry and a satisfying conclusion. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451419286
  • Publisher: Signet Select
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Bayberry Island Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 162,665
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Donovan is a New York Times extended list and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen novels and four novellas. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. She lives in Maryland with her teenagers and dogs.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    The first in the series on Bayberry Island. There is legend of l

    The first in the series on Bayberry Island. There is legend of love with mermaid statue, fact vs. fiction. Will Ash fall for it with Rowan. I really enjoyed the community of Bayberry Island and how Ash changed his purpose of being on the island. Will enjoy reading more about the Flynn family.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    Susan Donovan releases her first book in the new Bayberry Island

    Susan Donovan releases her first book in the new Bayberry Island contemporary romance series, Sea of Love. Set against the backdrop of local legend involving a bronze mermaid statue that can grant true love, Sea of Love is a captivating novel with dynamic storytelling and heartfelt emotions. Donovan's warm sense of humor and memorable characters are sure to ease their way into the hearts and minds of readers. A delightful beginning to a new series!

    What I liked:

    The legend of Bayberry Island mermaid was both intriguing and made of all the things good legends are made of. The people native to the island have passed down the story of the bronze statue for years and years and it has become a part of the culture of the place. It was a wonder idea for a theme and Donovan does it justice with this novel.

    I liked the setting a lot as well. Donovan's descriptions of Bayberry Island make readers want to visit it's shores and stay in little bed and breakfast. A place to get away from it all and maybe even fall in love. Donovan's attention to detail in even the smallest of things makes the setting stand out and take on a life of it's own.

    Ash and Rowan make the perfect couple. Not only have they both loved and lost but they have seen what there was to see and now they know what they want, it's just a matter of getting it. Rowan's family has taken a beating and even some of the locals are against them. She is facing a lot and Ash knows he needs a change. His life was going in a direction he wasn't sure he liked. Meeting each other changed their lives... isn't that how love's supposed to be?

    I liked the set up for the series and thought Donovan did a great job showing some pretty complex relationships. The relationship between Rowan and Ash is only one. Her relationship with her family. Her families relationship with the other people of Bayberry Island etc. It took a bit of set up, but I'm looking forward to where the next book goes with these ideas and relationships.

    What I didn't like: 

    There were a few parts that felt a bit rushed. Not just in the pacing but the overall idea of the novel. Yes, I think true love is possible. Yes, I think love at first sight is possible. I think instant attraction certainly happens. But building a relationship on a sexual experience that happens only a few chapters and hours into meeting someone is a bit far fetched. Usually that ends in a one night stand not a lasting romance. 

    Bottom Line: 

    I could suspend my belief in what it takes to make love work, because of all the humor and just overall good feeling this book produced in me. It's a feel good romance with some great characters and lots of local color and intrigue. A good place to start!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    R rated--very trashy language.

    R rated--very trashy language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Good romance

    Just finishing this romance. I found it enjoyable with a good story line. It has some crude wordage but can be overlooked in the long run. Some things could be softened up and be every bit as good story. I will try reading the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Good

    ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

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