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Sand Castles by [Stockenberg, Antoinette]
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From Library Journal

Winning the lottery is just about everyone's fantasy, and when Wendy Hodene's husband, Jim, wins more than $10 million in a Powerball jackpot, life seems just about perfect. But then the past unexpectedly catches up with Jim, and Wendy suddenly realizes that her safe, secure life has been built on nothing more solid than sand. Well-drawn, sympathetic characters, exceptional writing, and an intriguing premise that puts a new spin on a classic plot combine to produce a riveting story of selfishness, betrayal, and love that readers will find hard to put down. Stockenberg (Tidewater) is a RITA Award-winning author and is noted for her compelling, emotionally involving stories, sometimes with a paranormal twist.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Imagine that you're a happily married wife and mother. Your life is very nearly perfect. One day your husband tells you that he has won the lottery. Now you are millionaires. How would you react? How would your life change? Would you want it to? These are the questions facing Wendy Hodene. Wendy is firmly planted in reality, but her husband has big plans. Although the money starts to come between husband and wife, winning the lottery will change Wendy's life in an unexpected and truly devastating way. Meanwhile, Zack Tompkins' beautiful, fragile sister is certain after seeing the newspaper picture of the lottery winner that he is the man who deserted her more than a decade ago. Zack offers to check it out, and is more than surprised when his sister's belief is confirmed. Not sure what to do about it, he hires on as a member of the construction crew working on the Hodene house. Then when Zack meets Wendy, he's even more confused. Moral dilemmas abound in this intriguing and compelling tale. Maria Hatton
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1513 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BVSXDQ
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By A Customer on May 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eight co-workers including Jim Hodene win the Powerball lottery of eighty-seven million dollars. Jim knows that his victory insures the financial present and future for his family, making them secure beyond their wildest dreams. Though the constant solicitations bug Jim and Wendy, she is particularly pleased to see her dream of expanding their house begin.

Zina Hayward insists that the lottery winner shown in the newspaper is her runaway husband Jimmy. Her brother Zack Tompkins thinks Zina is nuts as she has been since Jimmy left her and she began collecting the stray cats. Now he thinks she has gone even deeper into the loony bin with this wishful thinking about the lottery winner. Unable to dissuade her from her belief and worried about her mental state, Zack agrees to check out whether the lottery winner is his missing brother-in-law. To stealthily accomplish this task, Zack accepts a job with the Hodene house construction crew. As Zack begins to uncover the truth, Wendy also learns new ugly things about her spouse who is not the paragon she though he was. However, what she learns may prove deadly.

Antoinette Stockenberg shows her ability to provide a powerful suspense thriller with the exciting SAND CASTLES. The characters are a superb group especially the key foursome whose motives feel real even those of Jim and Zina. Though the plot is filled with twists and turns, readers will know what is going to happen next, but will not mind at all. Fans of taut thrillers with a pinch of romance will want to read Ms. Stockenberg's strong intrigue.

Harriet Klausner
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Antoinette Stockenberg has captured my heart again with Sand Castles. I found the story of Wendy, Zack, Zina, and Jim fast moving and could not put it down - I believe I finished this one in record time. Again, I can't wait for her next book. Kudos to Ms. Stockenberg.
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Never read any of A. Stockenberg's books before - when I read the synopsis on the back - I really didn't think it was my kind of book. Boy, was I surprised. I could hardly put it down. The characters are so believable and you really like "Wendy" and "Zack" and hope Wendy finally finds out what a creep her husband (well, not really) is. I will now read more of A. Stockenberg's books. Can't wait!
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A very enjoyable novel. It kept my attention to the last page. It makes you wonder if money is truly the answer to happiness. It also makes mental illness take on a different perspective when seen through the eyes of a woman that had an extremely tramatic experience as a child. I cried, I gasped, and I felt with the characters. A good read.
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This is yet another great book from one of my favorite authors. It had the suspense that makes me want to fast forward to see what happens but written so well that I did not want to miss a single word.
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This book was great not at all predictable and I love that in a book. You really got to know the characters. It was very moving at times and made me cry. The story was interesting and not the usual love story. I read it on my Kindle in a few days as it really held my interest. The sex scenes were not smutty, but tastful. I would seek out this author again.
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I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed. The story line was interesting. Although I felt it ended abruptly and then went to the epilogue. It was a good read, especially if you were on a beach somewhere!
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I thought this was a very very intriguing book. It seemed a somewhat unlikely story but was very interesting nonetheless and kept me wanting to read more to see how it would all be resolved. I enjoyed the characters and the regional flavor.
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