Title: Sand Castle Bay (Ocean Breeze #1)
Author: Sherryl Woods
Review: This was a nice story of lost and found love. Not much happens in the story. It begins with a hurricane and the excitement is lost at that point. If you enjoy romances with no sex-behind the door in this book (yes they can be good even without this), no sexual tension-very little if any (no they cannot be good without this) and excitement, then you will enjoy this book.
I found the story line old and boring along with the lack of any attraction to the characters. I liked the little boy and the grandma, but the other characters were very stilted and one dimensional. I was expecting more out of a book this size and from this publisher. I have to say I was disappointed in the lack of much going on. The big bad climax was nothing much at all…it was all made up in the mind of the characters and had really no basis in real life. I’m sure these things happen, but as a climax it was boring and anticlimactic.
I enjoyed the ending and am glad what happened, happened, I just think we could have gotten there much faster and with less boring items in between. 382 pages are too many for not much excitement or anything for that matter. I live in the everyday and when I read I want something more than every day. I will be reading the next one because they came together, I just hope it has a bit more to offer the reader then this one did.
Published: Expected publication: March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published March 19th 2013)
Quick Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Where I got the book: Sent from the publisher for review.
Synopsis: 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?
Author Bio: With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she's lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.
"The friends are the only things I've brought with me through the years that really matter," she says. "I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sandpail or another snowglobe, but I need those friends."
The theme of enduring friendships and families is always central to Sherryl's books, including her latest Chesapeake Shores series — THE INN AT EAGLE POINT, FLOWERS ON MAIN and HARBOR LIGHTS.
Author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels, Sherryl Woods grew up in Virginia. Over the years she had lived in Ohio and Florida, as well as California. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.
A graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism, Sherryl spent more than ten years as a journalist, most of them as a television critic for newspapers in Ohio and Florida. For several years she also coordinated a motivational program for the more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
Her first book, RESTORING LOVE, was published in 1982 by Dell Candlelight Ecstasy under the pseudonym of Suzanne Sherrill. Her second book, SAND CASTLES, under the pseudonym of Alexandra Kirk, was published later that same year by Bantam. She began using her own name when she moved to the Second Chance at Love line at Berkley Publishing. In 1986, she began writing full-time and also began her long career at Silhouette Books with the Desire title NOT AT EIGHT, DARLING, set in the world of television which she covered for so many years.
In addition to her more than 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition, she has written thirteen mysteries — nine in the Amanda Roberts series and four in the Molly DeWitt series.
When she's not writing or reading, Sherryl loves to garden, though she's not at her best on a riding lawn mower. She also loves tennis, theater, and ballet, even though her top spin has long since vanished, she's never set foot on a stage, and she's way too uncoordinated to dance. She also loves baseball and claims anyone who's ever seen Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" can understand why.