The Sandpiper is about the three Cameron women. Kate the perfect older sister. Jamie the screw-up. Their widowed mother Ellie. It’s about Nina Judd, their guardian angel, the novel’s heartbeat.
Kate had the chance to know their father Dr. James. But Jamie was born too late. Sisters by birth. Sisters in loyalty sanctified by a blood oath. Two bright, pretty women full of promise. Then something happens the summer Jamie turns 18 that ruins everything.
And maybe Kate’s not so perfect after all, Jamie not so hopeless. Embraced by The Sandpiper, Nina’s white-shingled cottage above the endless blue of Lake Michigan, the sisters struggle toward forgiveness, toward healing.
That love is all there is Is all we know of love.
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The Sandpiper is for mature readers. Some profanity is involved, and a few incidents of violence occur, although not described in depth. This did not change my high opinion of this book. I would classify this novel as Edgy Christian fiction as there are Christian components throughout. Susan Lovell is a "new-to-me" author. What originally compelled me to purchase The Sandpiper is the fact that the story is based in West Michigan, my home. I will not miss any of Susan Lovell's future books! Her writing style is deeply authentic and steeped in reality. I related to the characters as if I had known them personally, and could easily perceive their experiences. The locale is described as only a resident or frequent visitor to the area would know it, and is an important force throughout the tapestry of these deeply interwoven lives. The women portrayed in The Sandpiper are complex and credible. Personal experiences tear them apart, but the strength of their bonds empowers them to overcome even significant obstacles, reuniting them through love and acceptance. The relationships between women represented are powerful and heartwarming. Harsh realities are described with dignity and compassion. I highly recommend this book for its honesty, difficult topics broached and the strength of this author's creativity! This book will remain in my library, and will undoubtedly be read again.
An alcoholic, a perfectionist, a single mother, and an aunt all feature prominently in this read. Two sisters deal with issues stemming from their past which intrude into their present, and getting over them takes the love of each other, their mother, and their aunt. This is women's literature that makes the reader smile, weep, and root for the characters of Jamie, Kate, Ellie, and Nina. Choices and events plague them all, but together they can do just about anything.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautiful and enriching story of love, friendship, loss, forgiveness and redemption. Ellie and James Cameron were the perfect couple until the Vietnam War took James and left Ellie the single mother of two young girls. The only friend she had was Nina Judd, the woman whose cabin James had rented for them while he was away. Jamie and Kate Cameron were polar opposites. Kate was three years older than her sister. Not only did she help to raise her, but Kate was the perfect child, while Jamie struggled through life, leaving her older sister to pick up the pieces, cover for her and made everything okay again. The one anchor they have is dying of cancer, and they all reunite at The Sandpiper to be reminded of what is really important. Susan. Brace Lovell has written a wonderful book. The characters are so realistic and a connection is immediately felt with them. Each scene felt like I was right there on the patio sipping hot chocolate and chatting along with them. I think the most important thing I learned about myself as I read Jamie's plight, is that in order to really move on, I need to forgive myself before I can completely accept others forgiveness. This novel certainly feels more like a family friend, one that I will revisit time and time again.
This is the story of four women. Ellie is a widow from Vietnam with two daughters, Kate and Jamie. Kate was young when her father was killed in war but Jamie was not yet born therefore never knew her dad. At age eighteen, Jamie’s life is changed forever and she starts drinking and doing drugs. Jamie decides to get her life together and move back home, also helping her Aunt Nina in her last days. Kate is now happily married and living a “perfect” life or so Jamie perceives. As the family deals with their lives they realize that each of them are not what the others think. Aunt Nina, not really a blood relative, is the woman that gave these girls a place to live when their rock, their father and husband, was killed in Vietnam. She quickly became the woman that truly held this family together. I found this book to start with a deliberate slowness that let me really connect and get to know each character. After forming a bond with all the main characters and their stories, the story moves along at a perfect pace keeping me reading and having to know what was going to happen. The details of emotion and thoughts let me feel like I was in The Sandpiper, like a fly on the wall, living my life side by side with Ellie, Kate, Jamie, and Aunt Nina. The topics in this book are not easy topics. Addiction and fighting sobrierty, infertility and the desperate hope for a child, and the lose in the time of war are topics Susan Brace Lovell covers with carefulness, but honesty that many authors fail to accomplish. The way the different characters cope and react to each turn of events is true to life. This is a book that anyone looking for an engaging and perfectly written novel will love and be unable to put down. I highly recommend The Sandpiper.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A story of sisters, mother/daughter and friends who must learn to lean on each other for help through both the good and the difficult times. Jamie is the younger sister who has never been able to live up to the perfection that she thinks her sister is. Kate is the older sister that became an adult at a very young age and has a hard time letting go of the caregiver role. I love books where the characters are the complete central and the setting takes a little bit of a backburner and the story is the heart of it all. These two sisters have had many things to overcome as a family and individually and thankfully this is the story where it starts pretty low and there is hope for a light at the end. There were a few moments where I wanted to knock some sense into the girls to have them see the situation through a different set of eyes, but maybe that is a lesson to be learned, not to think before you try to see it a different way.