SEA GLASS SUNRISE
Read an excerpt of Sea Glass Sunrise published in USA Today!
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 McRae 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 each other, but all he wants is to complete the town’s hotly contested new yacht club and keep his firm afloat. Yet thanks to old resentments and new feuds, 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!
“SEA GLASS SUNRISE is the perfect small-town romance with just enough drama, mystery and minimal angst in a fabulous setting! Definitely one to read.” 4 1/2 stars
“Engaging and fun!” 5 stars
“The Coast of Maine, the Present
Hannah McCrae, one of three sisters and a brother, left the little town on Blueberry Cove to make a life and a name for herself. She became a successful trial attorney in Washington, D.C. In the other part of her life, she was not so successful. After eighteen months of a relationship she thought would lead to marriage, she found out—in a most humiliating way—that her boyfriend already had a wife—a most pregnant one. Hannah was already planning a trip home for her brother’s wedding, so she decided to make it a permanent move. She quit her job, gave up her apartment, and headed home. As she neared town, she failed to notice the newly erected four-way stop signs and blasted through the intersection barely missing a truck. Unfortunately, she didn’t miss an advertising sign. The jarring stop deployed her air bag. Between the force of that and her seatbelt, Hannah was a mess. Just then a Good Samaritan, with a lovely deep voice–the driver of the truck—came to her rescue. Being the independent, take-charge sort of female she is, she argued with him. But he won. Her car needed towing, and her nose needed stitches.
Calder Blue came from another of Blueberry Cove’s founding families. However, the Blue clan split near a century ago, but the feud still exists. The local branch fishes the sea; Calder’s ancestors moved north toward the Canadian border and became building contractors. He’s in the area because a local man is trying to take over the cove to build a yacht club no else one wants. He offered the job to the northern Blues, and Calder accepted. He thought something was off in the offer and was curious to find out what, and also to see if he could heal the breach between the two sides of the family. Calder’s Great-Uncle Jonah Blue is a stubborn old coot who orders Calder off his land, and Brooks Winstock, the man who made the offer, keeps putting off their meeting. It’s most curious. What is also curious is the affect the bruised Hannah has on him, black eyes, cut lips and nose and all—and he on her, if truth be known. She’s still hurting from her last affair and busy with the wedding and reunion with her family; she has no time for a dalliance.
SEA GLASS SUNRISE has a complex plot that grabs you and hangs on, and so do the many characters. There are especially Hanna’s two younger sisters, Fiona a designer in New York City, and Kerry, the wild child often away to exotic locales. And we mustn’t forget brother Logan, Blueberry Cove’s chief of police, and his fair bride, Alex. There is a lot of love in this family, and Alex soon becomes another beloved sister. Look for mystery and suspense brought about by the ambitions of a local man, and a growing relationship between Hannah and Calder. The latter also plans major changes in his life, so it doesn’t seem like a good time for romance, yet Hannah and Calder will charm you and amuse you with their banter. I was thrilled with the respect and kindness they exhibit toward each other.
I first met Donna Kauffman many years ago on the old AOL Romance Boards, where readers and authors chatted. I enjoyed her and her books then, but somehow lost track. I am delighted with SEA GLASS SUNRISE and the chance to read a favorite author once more. Don’t miss this novel; it has everything.”
“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.”
“Hannah McCrae is coming home for her big brother Police Chief Logan McCrae’s wedding. In truth, she has come home to stay but no one needs to know about her troubles until after the wedding. Hannah left the Cove to be a big time lawyer in D.C., but things have gone south and she has come home to heal. When Hannah runs a stop sign that wasn’t there the last time she was home and misses broadsiding a pickup, then goes in the ditch and hits a sign, she meets Calder Blue who was driving the truck, and the man who comes to her rescue.
Calder Blue is from the St. Croix River Blues so he has never been to the Cove, where the other side of the family live. They have been feuding with his side of the family for decades. Calder is a contractor and was asked to come to the Cove to talk to the man who wants to build a Yacht Club there. Calder finds himself drawn to Hannah and when things start happening that implicate Calder in arson, he decides to enlist Hannah’s help as his lawyer.
Hannah has sworn off men until she can get her life back in order but there is something about Calder that excites her. They are working together to find the arsonist so they can clear Calder’s name and they get to know each other better.
I am happy to be back in Blueberry Cove where the community pulls together to help each other and the atmosphere is just slow and easy in this lovely little town. I started reading Donna Kauffman’s books with her first series in Blueberry Cove and I am glad to be back for this series. Having lived in a tiny town in the Midwest, originally, I can relate to the nosy townsfolk and laugh at all the antics that occur. Small town America is somewhere I want to go to as often as possible, even if just in a book. I give 5 Blue Ribbons on Romance Junkies’ website because of all the love and the feeling of returning home SEA GLASS SUNRISE portrays. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes feel good books set in a coastal setting and in a small town. You will feel the love as soon as you read the first page.”
“SEA GLASS SUNRISE is a great way to start off the Brides of Blueberry Cove series. I felt an instant connection to the characters and wanted to be in Blueberry Cove at the wedding with them. I am usually drawn to stories with a small town feel and this was one of them. I enjoy the connection between family and friends in small towns, because it is exactly what I had growing up.
A personal and professional blow leaves Hannah McCrae, a high powered attorney, unsure of her future. She returns to her home base of Blueberry Cove under the facade that she is only there to attend her brother’s wedding. Upon entering town and being distracted by the beauty she has missed, Hannah runs a stop sign that brings her face to face with sexy contractor and farmer Calder Blue. Oh my, we all need a Calder Blue.
Calder has travelled to Blueberry Cove to conduct some business and to settle a two hundred year old family feud. Becoming involved in a traffic accident with a gorgeous woman was not a part of his plans, though he’s definitely attracted to her. Will his temporary stay in Blueberry Cove turn into something permanent? The whole killing of the sign is such a funny scene that I was laughing out loud.
Calder and Hannah keep bumping into each other all over town, literally. Calder continues to come to her rescue in small ways in the week leading up to the wedding, but soon she comes to his aid as an attorney when there is suspicion that he committed a crime in the name of a family feud. Although there seems to be an instant attraction, and everyone in town is talking, Calder and Hannah each have past experiences that make them leery of true love forever.
SEA GLASS SUNRISE is the perfect way to spend the day. The ways that Hannah and Calder keep running into each other are hilarious and I was doing so much giggling reading their escapades. Plus Hannah’s sisters Fiona and Kerry will have you laughing so hard you will be snorting.
Donna Kauffman’s SEA GLASS SUNRISE is a follow up to the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove, which I am now in a quest to read. There is no need to read the series or books in order, but I know some people have to read series that way. The dialogue between Hannah and Calder is hilarious and the romance sizzling. Included at the end of the book are some delicious recipes, and who doesn’t love that? Donna Kauffman’s stories always leave me smiling and wanting more. I’m so excited to read the next book, SNOWFLAKE BAY, coming out in September 2015.”
THE NAKED TRUTH/Truth or Dare
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