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Walking on Sea Glass by Julie Carobini – My Thoughts

Walking on Sea Glass Book Cover Walking on Sea Glass
A Sea Glass Inn Novel
Julie Carobini
Women's Fiction, Inspirational, Romance
Dolphin Gate Books
May 24, 2016

Book Description:

"Poignant ..." ~ Kathryn Cushman, author of Finding Me and Fading Starlight

Falling in love could tear them apart ...

 Suddenly single, Liddy Buckle flees the desert to work at an up-and-coming seaside resort with her best friend, Meg. The breezy backdrop of an inn by the sea offers Liddy the dream of starting fresh, but soon she is shocked to discover another setback brewing in her life. Despite the battle that lies ahead, she finds herself drawn to Beau Quinn, a captivating widower with a wounded heart of his own. 

As Beau and Liddy's burgeoning relationship attempts to survive, will Liddy have the courage to trust a man again--especially one as emotionally fragile as Beau? Can Beau commit to a woman facing a challenging recovery? 

 And what is going on behind the scenes at Sea Glass Inn, where late night deliveries and secret meetings are spoken about in whispers? Set in a fictional California seaside town, Walking on Sea Glass weaves a romantic story of courage, faith, and the power of true love.
My Thoughts:
I feel like I need to tell you something before I tell you my thoughts on the newest release from Julie Carobini, Walking on Sea Glass. Julie and I go way back, well that might be an exaggeration; I've been reading Julie's books for a long time. In fact, I think I have read everything she has published. So, you might say that I am a fan.
When I saw the cover of Walking on Sea Glass, I saw an inn that I would love to visit. I love the ocean, the beach, and the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach. In fact, I decided to put myself on the beach to read. Yes, I'm landlocked in Oklahoma, but Spotify (who has no idea who I am) has Nature Sounds playlists with the sounds of Ocean Waves. I pushed play, and I could picture myself on the beach right where the couple is walking.
Chapter one brought back memories of my mom and my aunt taking all five of us kids on road trips. Oh, the days before GPS and Siri.  It brought back memories of me going to the lake with my family, and everything was always great at the lake.  Maybe not the ocean, but a smaller body of water.
Carobini has a wonderful way of making each of her characters relate-able to her audience. Her writings are real and pure. Her version of romance is perfect. When you google the definition of romance it says that romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. They could list every one of Julie's books as references to this definition.
Liddy goes through many things that many of us have gone through. It really could have been a true story, and I really could have been her friend. She's a character that I found myself pulling for, and found her creeping into my everyday thoughts.
Shawn really should've been punished. Meg, Liddy's BFF, and I could be BFFs too. She offered to key Shawn's car, so I am not the only one that feels like he should be punished. Yes, I do know that they are just characters in a book.  Beau sounds like such a good guy from the beginning. You know the type - owns his own business, good looking, church-going, and fun. He was probably the captain of his high school football team. But he has been dealt a pretty tough hand in life, and I completely understand why he takes things kind of slow.
There is a bit of mystery to this story, and when it is reveal toward the end of the book I literally laughed out loud.  You know, LOL. It was funny to me because in today's world it is such a real possibility.  I love the scenarios that each character comes up with. Is the chef dealing drugs or in the mob? Just like in real life, everyone has their opinions and there's quite a bit of chatter the inn about the chef and the restaurant. You will love it when the truth is revealed!
Like I said, I do know that Liddy, Beau, Trace, Meg and Pepper are all fictional characters, but Julie brings them to life, and I hated for the book to end. I wanted to finish the book to find out what happened, but I didn't want it to end so soon. Does that make sense?
Walking on Sea Glass was just released today, May 24, 2016.  I'd say it was perfect timing to be a summer read.  It's just under 300 pages, and it will keep you interested the whole way through.  You will cheer, scowl, wince and cheer again! Walking on Sea Glass is wonderfully real, pure, and refreshing!
Now I am going to go find Liddy, Meg and Trace on Facebook. Kidding, I am just kidding.
Thank you to the author, Julie Carobini, for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Book Reviews

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck – Review

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How to Catch a Prince on Amazon

Book Description:

Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could’ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.


I’ll just get this out of the way right now. I’m a Rachel Hauck fan. I haven’t read any of her books that I didn’t like. So, I knew going into this one, that it was going to be another good one. I just didn’t realize how good.  I call books like this fluff, and I do not mean any disrespect at all when I say that. I like fluff. It’s kind of like Marshmallow Fluff, you just can’t put it down. It’s one where there aren’t too many plot lines, and characters to keep up with. It is a fairytale sprinkled with faith!

These characters are Royals and Elites; they are not your typical Dick and Jane, but as I read through their enchanting story of love, regret, and forgiveness they seemed more down to earth than Royals and Elites are usually depicted.

How to Catch a Prince is the third and final book in The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck. I did something a little different with this series. I read this book before I read the second book in the series, Princess Ever After. Why would I do that? Let me tell you. I’m usually one to start reading a series of books with the first book and not stray out of order until I am finished with the series. This time I wanted to see if this was a book that would stand alone, or if it was dependent on the other books in the series. I am happy to report that How to Catch a Prince can stand alone. Now, with that said, I will be going back and reading Princess Ever After because I love this series, the characters, and Rachel Hauck!  Whether you start on the first book, Once Upon a Prince, or not is up to you, but if you like romantic fairytales then this book, as well as the others are for you!

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a free ecopy of this title in exchange for my honest review.