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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Sandpiper by Susan Lovell - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

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.
-Emily Dickinson

My Thoughts:

This is a charming and captivating novel of mother-daughter relationships, friendships, and family relationships.  Told in the alternating chapters of Ellie, Kate and Jamie, readers will learn of the hardships and triumphs of the Cameron family and their beloved friend, Nina Judd, the angel who guides them through their lives.

A great deal of this novel revolves how the family deals with Jamie's alcoholism and an act of violence that affected Jamie back in her teens.  This part of the book is very gritty and realistic, but lends importantly to the drama of the overall story.

I enjoyed the character of Nina the most in this story. The former English teacher drops references to Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare liberally and has a quote for nearly any situation the Cameron's find themselves in.  And they always fit perfectly!

Author Susan Lovell does a wonderful job telling this story and I was impressed that portions of the book sales will go to the Salvation Army's Turning Point rehabilitation center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I think readers will truly enjoy this well-written and poignant novel.

About The Author:

Susan Brace Lovell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in English from the University of Michigan and taught high school and college English. She co-founded Cadence, a weekly newspaper in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is the author of four non-fiction histories. Lovell is a longtime member of the Salvation Army and sits on the Grand Rapids Salvation Army Advisory Board. She and her husband live in Grand Rapids.

My thanks to BookSpark PR Group for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

stacybuckeye said...

This looks like a great story and I love what she's doing with the money she makes.