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"Kauffman's second Bachelors of Blueberry Cove...explores themes of home, family, and belonging in a warm, positive story filled with deep-hearted, articulate characters who learn to trust as they open themselves to love. Charming Irish shipbuilder Brodie Monaghan...is quickly charmed by [boathouse] buyer, Grace Maddox, who intends to...turn it into a inn. The romantic arc hits a perfect mix of lust, affection, and playful humor. Strong character ties between past and future books make the series unusually cohesive and give the...Maine town an emotional sense of place..." - Publisher's Weekly

"Kauffman continues her Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series with an enchanting story. Witty dialogue, wonderful Maine scenery and a hero with swoon-worthy Irish brogue make it a great read. There's no fluff here; Kauffman has constructed well-developed characters and set the stage nicely for the next installment. 4.5 stars/HOT" - Susannah Balch, RT Book Reviews

"Witty dialogue, sexy heroes, Donna Kauffman's a must-read!" -- New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis
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Product Details

  • Series: Bachelors of Blueberry Cove
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758292791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758292797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, Donna Kauffman has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia, where she is presently applying her crafty DIY skills to decorating her new mountainside abode. Well, when she isn't busy trying to keep the bears from hanging out in her flower and vegetable garden all day and night! With her new Brides of Blueberry Cove series, Donna's been having a blast applying those same restoration and design skills to doing some fictional wedding planning. Of course, if that means haunting all those lovely antique shops and flea markets that are so plentiful in her new neck of the woods, well, it's a sacrifice she's willing to make. When she's not finding ways to take her love of all things rustic and vintage and give them a fabulous seaside, coastal Maine wedding party twist, she loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.
Quotes & Comments for her Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Series:

"Witty dialogue, sexy heroes, Donna Kauffman's a must-read!"  --New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis

"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town--you're going to love Donna Kauffman!" -- New York Times bestselling author, Lori Foster

"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." - The Library Journal for SEA GLASS SUNRISE, Brides of Blueberry Cove Book #1

 "A touching romance that offers healing and redemption to two lonely hearts who fall into a love they don't even realize they're looking for. The first of a series, the book introduces a quirky community and secondary characters with enough personality to make readers want to come back. A light romance with a touch of heat, a pinch of intensity and a dash of mysterious small-town magic." - Kirkus Reviews on PELICAN POINT (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #1)

"Kauffman's second Bachelors of Blueberry Cove contemporary (after Pelican Point) explores themes of home, family, and belonging in a warm, positive story filled with deep-hearted, articulate characters who learn to trust as they open themselves to love. Charming Irish shipbuilder Brodie Monaghan spurns the adulterous advances of Cami Weathersby. She takes her revenge by selling off a portion of his family's shipyard property for the price of the back taxes. Despite his anger at Cami, Brodie is quickly charmed by the buyer, Grace Maddox, who intends to respect the history of the boathouse even as she turns it into a inn. The romantic arc hits a perfect mix of lust, affection, and playful humor. Even more notable are the sincere, insightful, and low-tension friendships between Grace and architect Langston DeVry, and between diner owner Delia O'Reilly and Grace's estranged brother, Ford. Strong character ties between past and future books make the series unusually cohesive and give the tiny Maine town an emotional sense of place despite little attention to the scenic locale." Publisher's Weekly (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #2/HALF MOON HARBOR)

"Kauffman's third visit to endearing Blueberry Cove, Maine (after Half Moon Harbor) solidifies the idea of the whole town as a quirky family. Blueberry Cove's inhabitants love one another even while they're process their own insecurities, and they prepare to fight the caricatured evil rich developers and those who want to sell out the town's charm. Military veteran Ford Maddox thinks he's content, quietly living in an isolated island tree-house at the seabird research station. When his baby sister, Grace, asks him to reach out to Delia O'Reilly, whose family's beloved diner is about to be turned into a yacht club, he realizes that to help Delia, he'll have to face the enduring emotions from their intense tryst 20 years earlier. An emergency rescue of adorable baby puffins gives Ford and Delia the time to develop mutual trust, bridge the gap between platonic comforting and hot sex on a ladder, and realize that they've been yearning to call each other family. Kauffman's stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy; she excels at expressing the struggles and joys of giving in to love." Publisher's Weekly (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #3/SANDPIPER ISLAND)

"Humor, heart, and characters you wish lived next door." -- New York Times bestselling author, Mariah Stewart

"Donna Kauffman's sexy, fun, and moving Pelican Point is a five star winner!" Emsy Van Wyck, Fab Fantasy Fiction


Quotes & Comments for her Cupcake Club series:

STARRED REVIEW! Publishers Weekly PICK OF THE WEEK! (Cupcake Club Book #1: SUGAR RUSH)
"Leilani Trusdale spends 10 years training with charming but tough chef Baxter "Hot Cakes" Dunne, taking over his New York City pastry shop when he leaves to host a cooking show. When she finally escapes the city to open a cupcake shop in her father's tiny hometown of Sugarberry Island, Ga., Baxter turns up, natch, to start his show's traveling season, with a secondary agenda of romancing Leilani. The tension leads Leilani to revive her old bake therapy sessions with her best friend, Charlotte, adding Leilani's quiet new assistant and a lovable town gossip to lend support, share opinions, and add sugar as members of the Cupcake Club. The ladies of Sugarberry will be delightful companions to look forward to in future stories, and readers can bake along with the included cupcake recipes."
~ Publishers Weekly

"Sugar Rush is a playful, sensual, laugh-inducing read. But there's so much more to the story. Kauffman's book chronicles profound character growth and offers layer upon layer of authentic, life-changing conflict. ... it's a good thing Sugar Rush is only the first in a series, because the residents of Sugarberry -- especially the delightfully oddball members of the Cupcake Club -- will lure you back to their island again and again." -
-- Kathy Altman, USA Today/Happily Ever After

"Fans of cupcakes and TV chefs will like this first installment of the Cupcake Club back-to-back romance series that comes with recipes. For those looking for more, not to worry -- this isn't a light, spun-sugar tale. It has more substance, like a rich chocolate ganaches. The suprorting characters are delightful and one hopes they will appear in future books."
-- 4 Stars, Joyce Morgan, RT Book Reviews

"I can't get enough of this new town, characters and the romances that have bloomed and will continue to bloom in this new series."
-- Lush Book Reviews

"It's like blending the Food Network together with CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC..."
-- (4 Hearts!) Megan, Book Brat Reviews

"A fun romantic read for the serious baker, the not-so-serious baker, and the buy-your-cupcakes type of reader (like me)!. Kudos to the first Cupcake Club Romance with recipes included at the end!" ~ Valerie Burleigh, Romancing the Book Reviews

"This is a delicious story about true love and cupcakes that is just as sweet as any treat but won't ruin your New Year's resolutions! The characters are great and there's even a few recipes of delicious cupcakes to try (those might ruin a few resolutions, though.)" ~ Amy Phelps, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

"Kauffman writes crisp, emotionally charged dialogue... Sugar Rush is a sweet, delicious romance fortified with mouth-watering cupcake recipes." ~ Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines, Shelf-Awareness.com

"SUGAR RUSH is a quirky, fun tale with Leilani and Baxter learning to really get to know each other while surrounded with several eclectic characters that provide for some humorous interaction. The chemistry between Leilani and Baxter is slow to grow at first, but once they kiss, their attraction for each other begins to smolder out of control. Will they make it work? Find out for yourself in the delightful SUGAR RUSH."
~ Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today

"Donna Kauffman has brought a sugary sweet romance in her latest, Sugar Rush. Set on a small, rural Georgia island with lovable quirky townsfolk, this novel delves into the age-old question, "What the heck are men thinking?" It's a fun read with lots of yummy goodness thrown in and a sexy romance to drool over while eating that forbidden cupcake."
~ Lani Roberts, Affaire de Couer magazine

STARRED REVIEW! (Cupcake Club Book #2: SWEET STUFF)
"Romantic fun, lovable leads, and surprising emotional complexity in both the main relationship and the supporting deep friendships make this quick return to the tiny Georgia island of Sugarberry (after Sugar Rush) a deliciously warm and feel-good read... Kauffman describes her characters' internal monologues and thoughtful conversations with an eloquence that makes them feel like the reader's best friends. Contests and cupcake recipes will keep fans eager for Kauffman's next sweet treat."
~ Publishers Weekly

"This is only the second book in the series but I can tell this is going to be a promising one. Kauffman touches on trust, desire, friendships, and a promising new love that just needs a little tlc to grow into something amazing. The emotions behind the characters were a big part of the story that kept me intrigued and wanting to find out more. Every single character made this story more than enjoyable but also delightful. I can't wait until book 3 comes out. I am excited to see who will be next to fall in love in the town of Sugarberry."
-- Lush Book Reviews

Sweet Stuff is the second edition of the Cupcake Club novels and is hilarious from start to finish. Riley has the body of Marilyn Monroe, wild, curly blonde hair, the girl-next-door face and the klutziness of the Three Stooges. She's absolutely adorable and gorgeous author Quinn Brannigan thinks so, too. Throw in a small pony-sized dog with a tendency to drool and drop logs on your toes, and you have a romance made in heaven-as long as you carry lots of Band-aids."
~ Lani Roberts, Affaire de Couer magazine

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Anne on July 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Grace is an Estate lawyer who quit her job and bought an old boathouse which she plans to turn into an inn. She bought the property in a small town near where her estranged brother lives, hoping they can re-connect. The boathouse belonged to Brodie but he didn't know it was being sold by the town for back taxes until he meets Grace at the boathouse. Not a good start to their relationship but they are attracted to each other right away. Brodie is an Irish hunk who is very kind and would do anything for anybody, even Grace.

Brodie is a great guy and I really like how honest and open he is. His relaxed manner of accepting everything that happens without worrying about it is refreshing. On the other hand, Grace is too obsessed with Brodie's looks and wanting sex with him in the first half of the book. It makes her look none too smart. Also, I don't like Grace because of the way she handles her life. Who would buy an old boathouse in a small fishing town to turn it into an inn? Just because her estranged brother lives in the town - somewhere, especially when she doesn't even know if he will see her. Cami is a great addition to the cast. She is so mean, and wants revenge on Brodie, that you just have to hate her.

I thought a lot of the descriptions went on much longer than necessary for the story. The ending didn't wrap everything up as clearly as I would have liked so I still had questions at the end. I am glad to see that many others enjoyed this book and this author but wonder what I missed since I didn't love this book.

Please note, I won Half Moon Harbor in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare O'Beara on June 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is set in the town of Blueberry Cove in Maine. A wharf called Half Moon Harbor is the focus. I liked the well described setting.

A young woman new to town has waded right in and bought a historic boathouse although I could not see how she would do that without a man who lives on the wharf noticing. After all she'd need to visit it, get it surveyed and so on before investing her hard earned money. She's a lawyer. Anyway the man living in a boat house on the wharf thinks he owns all the wharf - the council put one building up for sale to pay back taxes. Again, a lawyer would want to get all this established before buying. She intends to open a historic inn. I am not sure if she'd applied for planning permission for a change of use, but the grumpy boat builder is none too happy.

This boat builder is called Brodie, a Scottish surname for his first name, but strangely he is Irish. I live in Ireland and I have yet to meet an Irishman named Brodie, though it's possible they exist. I also found the introductory scene too drawn out with too many forced excuses for the lady to look at a towel-clad man, get her clothes dirty, have to go upstairs and wash up, see a towel-clad man... yes.

The story is interesting with some good characters locally; however the author has chosen to write this consisting almost entirely of conversations and no action. Nobody sits down to enjoy a meal of famous Maine seafood - perhaps this is because the fishermen say they are all catching eels to sell to China.

So the book is a mixed bag for me with good and bad points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MGWysham on April 26, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read (well, listened to) Pelican Point, and although I found the beginning very slow, I eventually enjoyed the story and the characters enough that I forgave the excessive backstory and inner monolog. Unfortunately, Half Moon Harbor seems to be riddled with the stuff. I checked at about the 100 page mark, and up to that point there had only been two real scenes; the rest was the inner musings of the two main characters. This author obvious doesn't follow that writer's axiom, "Show, don't tell," because she told us, over and over again, ad nauseum, every single thought the two had, including a whole lot that were repeated. No need to dumb down the story and explain every thing to us, Ms. Kauffman; show us the characters feelings in their actions! I will not be finishing this story, and certainly won't continue the series. Too bad; I like Maine and wanted to like these characters, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pw reader on May 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a fan of Donna Kauffman for many years and watch her grow as a gifted writer. Half Moon Harbor shows her ability to tell an intriguing story concerning ordinary everyday people caught in a financial sticky situation. I loved the depth of the characters and the development of their story. Getting to know Brodie and Grace was like making new endearing friends. The dialogue was just delightfully written, especially the banter between the two of them from the first moment that they meet. Wonderful, heartwarming story. First Whomper and then Brodie, I must admit I might be just a bit envious of Grace now.
Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivian F. Shane on August 3, 2014
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Generally I am a fan of Donna Kauffman's books, but this one didn't do it for me - it wasn't as good as the first in the series. Brodie seemed unsure of who was "the one", changing allegiance from Alex to Grace in a short period of time which wasn't believable for me and I wasn't vested in the growth of their relationship. I also didn't experience any interest in what happens with Ford so will probably skip the last in this trilogy which is his story.
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