The Abalone Shell (Sea Glass Cove Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This was my first encounter with a Suzie O'Connell book, but it definitely won't be my last. From the moment I started reading, I found myself enjoying this tale. The characters are sweet and relatable. Their struggles are struggles that many of us face. Unfortunately for me, I've been in situations similar to what both the main characters have faced, and their reactions and baggage were completely realistic - but not in a way that was overly upsetting or depressing. When things got serious, the author knew just when and how to lighten the tone. The adorable daughter was a scene-stealer from time to time, but the sweet romance developing between the main characters was pretty satisfying to read, too. A number of times, I caught myself with a big, goofy grin on my face while I was reading - which is exactly what I wanted and needed right now.
I enjoyed the breezy, easy-to-read writing - it wasn't overly complicated, didn't get bogged down in any unnecessary descriptions - just the right amount of words to convey the images and action beautifully. I loved the setting - the Pacific Coast Town is becoming more popular as a romance setting - but it works. We didn't see much of the town in this book, but I can imagine it being a rich setting for more Sea Glass Cove books in the future.
In another book, I might be tempted to call this story a little on the short side, but it totally worked in "The Abalone Shell." The author didn't feel the need to pad the word count unnecessarily - it's long enough to tell the story, but the pace moves right along, and it never feels abrupt or draggy.
In short: I have zero complaints. This was a pleasant, satisfying book that I would happily recommend. So consider this my recommendation - read it!
The Abalone Shell embodies O’Connell’s greatest strength, her ability to craft heroes and heroines who are just resurfacing after fighting through their darkest days. O’Connell explored that strength in depth throughout her Northstar Angel series and I was delighted to see her continue that exploration in this first installment of her new Sea Glass Cove series. In The Abalone Shell, we meet Owen and Hope. Hope has just divorced her husband and is visiting her family’s cottage in Sea Glass Cove with her young daughter. Owen lives and works as an artist in the area and is ready to move forward after grieving the death of his son and wife for the last three years.
-In The Abalone Shell readers get introduced to O’Connell’s newest picturesque small-town, Sea Glass Cove. Like all of O’Connell’s other small towns, Sea Glass Cove has a homey feeling that pervades each page. The best part? Just like O’Connell’s other books, the setting is not the focus of this book! I like small-town romances, really I do, but sometimes I want to read a romance set in a small-town that doesn’t focus on the secondary characters or a town crisis. If you like small-town romances that keep a tight focus on the hero and heroine, then O’Connell’s work is perfect for you.
-More often than not, widower romances are not my thing. In widower romances, I always feel like there is some reason the heroine is “better” than the hero’s first wife (the heroine is better suited for him, or the hero didn’t actually love his first wife). That pitting of women against one another, especially when one is dead, bothers me. Owen though, I actually completely and thoroughly loved Owen as a widower. What set Owen apart was that he loved his wife, Sam. Since her passing three years ago he’s mourned her and he made the decision, prior to the start of The Abalone Shell, to move on and find happiness. Hope isn’t replacing Sam and that’s made explicitly clear by O’Connell and through Owen’s actions.
-This book, sadly, ended with an HFN (happy for now) instead of an HEA (happily ever after). These two deserve to be happy with each other FOREVER. In my mind, I’ve been glossing over the HFN and replacing it with an HEA honestly.
This book is everything I’ve been waiting for from Suzie O’Connell’s newest release; there were emotional highs and lows, a deep exploration of grief and incredibly lifelike characters. I’m pretty sure I would consider moving to Sea Glass Cove if it was a real place. I’d probably weasel my way into being friends with Hope and Owen too! 4.5 stars for The Abalone Shell!
Copy for review provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally published at Straight Shooin' Book Reviews.