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Sea Glass Sunrise

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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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 DC lawyer Hannah McCrae 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 one another, but all he wants is to build the town's hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, 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"....

©2015 Donna Kauffman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town - you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!" (Lori Foster)

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Light reading

There wasn't anything remarkable about this story, but it was enjoyable enough. The characters had a bit of depth and the plot moved along at a decent pace. At times it wasn't very believable (I seriously doubt such a small town would have such an extensive infrastructure and I highly doubt being mayor of a town of 300 would be a stepping stone for an aspiring politician- but I suppose that's why it is called fiction). So all in all, this book makes for a nice holiday read or a bit of light fun. The narration was fine.

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  • Rusty
  • 04-01-16

Mainely Humorous 30+ Romantic Drama

I was thoroughly entertained by Sea Glass Sunrise, my 1st book by Donna Kauffman. The main characters (Hannah, her siblings and Calder) were mostly mature (30+), compelling, quirky, intelligent and engrossing personalities. The sisters were all strong,women, not a doormat in the family and Calder was sexy, yet caring & kind. The "supporting cast" (other relatives and local residents) were also unique, adding spice to an original plot.

My only compliant was the lack of authenticity in the Maine coastal setting of Blueberry Cove, population just over 300. Being a native Mainer myself, the pronunciation of local towns (Calais for example) was totally wrong and no village of that size could support a police department or city government services.

Also the weather/clothing did not match the stated seasons (Hannah would have needed a parka to walk the water front in late spring, not a light jacket since sea breezes are always cool due to ocean temperatures never above 50, even in August). Furthermore, no native resident of Down East Maine (the coast north of Bar Harbor to Canada) stays home when in snows, which is 7-8 months of each year.

Regardless, the book was excellent with mild sex scenes and very little swearing. Amanda Ronconi has the best voice for humor, adding nuances to witty dialogue.

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  • Jen P
  • 15-10-19

Meh

Frankly, I was disappointed. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. The story is plodding, the “mystery” convoluted, bordering on ludicrous.

Fairly forgivable, but the author insured I won’t be listening to the other books in the series by repeatedly using the word “tribal” to convey the wildness of the youngest sister. Not only is it not appropriate in the sense that it’s the wrong descriptor, it’s also entirely racist, and shows a complete lack of understanding of any of the cultures referenced. Please do a deep dive on cultural appropriation and colonialism, then convey your character’s wild child-ness in another way. Maybe she’s outspoken and flits from job to job. Maybe she changes her mind a lot. Maybe she can’t find what she’s looking for in the world or what her place is in it, and is a restless wanderer. Using “tribal” is lazy and offensive.

Beyond all that, and on a lighter note, the narrator constantly said “exacT-ly”. It drove me bananas. Maybe that’s the dictionary proper way to say that word, I don’t know, but I’ve never heard it said like that, and I cringed, hard, every time I heard it.

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  • Sharon
  • 23-01-20

I’m using, romantic, and perfectly narrated

I love this kind of plot. Small town girl sexy it’s in the big city and then returns home. The characters are pretty and sexy, with a lot of witty dialogue. The narration, by Amanda Ronconi, is ideal for the story

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  • Carolyn
  • 01-12-19

Corny

The story was good and interesting. The interaction between the main characters was just over the top silly and corny.

I'm new to this genre. I hope I can find a story/author that doesn't make the dialog seem so disconnected to the story.

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  • Linda
  • 19-10-19

good

I thought it was good, loved crazy teddy, and his wife sounded like she was hi.

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  • Trudy D
  • 12-09-19

A great discovery

Confession time: I checked out the story because it was narrated by Amanda Ronconi and stayed for the story. I had never heard of the author. Yes I have been hiding under a rock. Her characters are very likeable. The story was addictive. There was romance, suspense, good and evil. Everything I enjoy in a book. Time to check out book 2.

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  • Melissa
  • 19-08-19

Painfully Slow

Decent story, but it just moved along painfully slowly. And the author took an inordinate amount of time spelling things out for the reader. I'm not sure why I didn't stop listening or why I'm giving the second book a chance. The characters are compelling and I'm a sucker for small town family romances.

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  • Stephanie
  • 07-08-19

Maine pronunciation

Every time I hear the narrator pronounce Calis I cringe! Here in Maine you hear the S. If you are going to write and/or narrate a book set in Maine, check with natives on pronunciation please!

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  • Gift Diva
  • 30-01-19

Great start to a series!!

Loved this book. can't wait to listen to the next one in the this series

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  • Dianne Hart
  • 24-09-18

Sea Glass

Found another series by Donna Kauffman, Blueberry Cove. This first book is about Hannah, the hot shot lawyer from D.C. coming home to Blueberry Cove ME and almost running into contractor Calder , literally. I loved this first book and really forward to book 2.