Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Review - Two of Author Sherryl Woods' 'Ocean Breeze' Novels

Title: Sand Castle Bay
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 26, 2013)
Genre: Women's Fiction
Page Count: 376
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~"It's only as complicated as the two of you want it to be," Ethan said. Take away all the doubts and the angst and listen to your heart. That's my advise."~ 
Page 180

About The Book:
In a trade-off she's lived to regret, Emily Castle left home years ago to become an interior designer. The youngest of three sisters, Emily desperately wanted to prove herself. Success, though, came at the cost of leaving behind the man she loved.

For Boone Dorsett, losing Emily left his heart shattered, but another woman was waiting in the wings. Now a widower with a young son, Boone has a second chance with Emily when a storm brings her home. But with his former in-laws threatening a custody suit, the stakes of loving her are higher than ever.

Will fate once again separate them—or is the time finally right for these two star-crossed lovers?

Title: Wind Chime Point
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (April 30, 2013)
Genre: Women's Fiction
Page Count: 393
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~"I'm scared to death, but I want to keep my child" Gabi said.~ 
Page 264

About The Book:

When life gets complicated, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods proves family—and love—can make all the difference

Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love.

Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It's not the only time he's found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn't looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion…and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.

Lynda's Review
Since I read these two books in sequence and enjoyed them both equally, I'm reviewing them together. I don't usually do that, but my feelings for both stories are the same.

Author Sherryl Woods writes in a compelling manor with word choices, phrases, and verbs that move the plot, as well as, the readers emotions. Believable women, in believable situations, acting and reacting in believable ways, makes loosing oneself in the stories easy. But being believable doesn't make these stories stale or boring, on the contrary, like life, these characters never know what's coming next. The setting for these two books add to the warm, breezy feeling that made me relax and just enjoy the moment.

The dialogue is crisp and clear. These characters show their feelings and flaws, but still manage to maintain the readers respect and attention. All together, this is a series worth perusing.

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