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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881830
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Sarah Draycott moves to a small town on the coast of Maine following her divorce, she is drawn into the lives, joys, and heartaches of her neighbors. She helps a widow deal with her child's illness. And she helps nine-year-old Oliver-who is taken into custody by an uncle he's never met-discover the truth about the deteriorating mansion where he now lives. Kirsten Potter's slow, smooth narration fits Cannell's novel. And while the book contains emotional scenes, mystery, and suspense, it's written in a low-key tone-and Potter matches it perfectly, while also giving the characters (both young and old) recognizable and appropriate voices. A Severn House paperback. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Sarah is still reeling from an unexpected and painful divorce. She moves to a sleepy coastal village and buys the first house she sees. Almost immediately, Sarah meets a wide variety of people whose lives entwine and converge with her own, and ultimately everyone’s circumstances change. There are Gwen, who is caring for an adult son with early-onset Alzheimer’s; Nellie, a nosy eightysomething who consults spirit guides and carries a cane she doesn’t need; and nine-year-old Oliver, who moves into the old Cully mansion with his aunt and uncle because his grandfather, who is his legal guardian, can no longer care for him. Cannell is best known for her cozy mysteries (She Shoots to Conquer, 2009), but coziness doesn’t translate quite as well here. The charming village and overly nice, one-dimensional characters doing very nice things for each other feel forced when not anchored by a solid mystery. Cannell does create a mini-mystery surrounding the possibly haunted Cully mansion and the not-nice behavior of Oliver’s aunt and uncle, and this is when the novel shines. --Carolyn Kubisz

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Nice to have the focus away from her usual series.
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The book was boring from the beginning, but I kept reading in hopes that it might get better.
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Dorothy Cannell is one of my all-time favorite authors!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NHunter on February 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
She is and always has been one of my very favorite authors. I have read all of her books - over and over- laughing again and again at her 'way with words'. She is a marvel. This book was something else. The typos came fast and furious...I almost started keeping track because that would have been more interesting than the plot in this one. Everything happened so 'pat' --so quickly, so ....uninteresting and unimaginative. I was amazed and not in a good way. I always wait, with bated breath, for every new work by Ms. Cannell and share with all my family and friends. This one, I think not. Can't figure it out. I couldn't find the 'Unique and Impressive Dorothy Wit' in this one. Very very disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary on March 20, 2013
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Not her usual style at all. No comedy, predictable love story. I'll stick to the Haskell mysteries from now on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Cat on June 22, 2013
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Dorothy Cannell is one of my all-time favorite authors! I love her Ellie Haskel series, and admit to some disappointment when I learned that "Sea Glass Summer" was not a continuation of Ellie's adventures. However, "Sea Glass Summer" stands proudly on its own merit. Cannell gives the reader more to "chew on" in this novel. I found myself pausing to reflect more than when I dash through one of Ellie Haskell's romps. One meets a whole new crew of lovable characters in this novel. My only problem with the book was that I had trouble keeping up with who everyone was, as there are a number of characters introduced who play more than bit parts. The story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion, but I would love to read about further adventures of Oliver Cully and his friend Brian, as well as Sarah and Evan and all their friends.

For Ellie Haskel fans, I would urge you to give this book a chance - but don't expect it to be a quick read. If you're suffering through a long, hot summer, pick up this book and be whisked off to a quaint sea-side cottage in Maine with Sarah Draycott. Join her in walks on the beach and meet the neighbors. A little romance, a little mystery and suspence and lovable characters. This will be a book that I will want to pick up and read again.

Not to say I wouldn't like to re-visit Ellie and Bentley Haskell in a new adventure as well. Just in case you read this, Dorothy. ; )
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shanter on August 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Boring. Slow. Soporific. I can't believe Dorothy Cannell wrote this. She must have lost a bet. It's a pleasant story (Note: damning with faint praise), but it is not engaging, gripping, funny, moving, interesting, intriguing, or mysterious. I love the Ellie Haskell books, but this one was a huge disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Addesso on March 25, 2013
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I loved this book, in fact I read it twice; picked up areas I missed! I love the plot/story line and would recommend it to anyone who wants to curl up and be entertained.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne C. Gunter on November 17, 2012
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I really enjoyed the author's character development, and how she gave us a good taste of each character before showing how they each become instrumental in one another's lives. No fowl language or explicit sex, just a nice, easy read with enough intrigue to make you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Highly recommend.
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By SK on September 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Somehow, this book managed to be boring and irritating at the same time. The characters are relatively one-dimensional. Every inhabitant of the village of Sea Glass is unfailingly sweet and nice and never the least bit unpleasant. The one outsider who could be considered somewhat of a villain is obviously up to something, but when I reached the part of the book where this character's plot was revealed, I laughed out loud, because it was so lame. The book was boring from the beginning, but I kept reading in hopes that it might get better. It didn't.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi McCarty on April 23, 2013
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I was able to put this book down for long periods of time and not really care if I picked it up again soon. Very talky but not much going on. This book just did not hold my interest as other "by the sea" books tend to do.
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