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-- Jon Land, bestselling author of Pandora's Temple.
"Sand Dollar is a strong pick for general fiction and romance collections, highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review
"So to the hopeless romantics out there I say, Highly Recommended - have at it, this is a must-read. To the snarling cynics like me who mentally have their arms akimbo and their eyebrow raised, I say pick up Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love and surprise yourself by discovering the romantic in you." -- BookIdeas.com
"Sand Dollar, a fantasy romance by Sebastian Cole, lives up to its subtitle, A Story of Undying Love... bookreview.com considers Sand Dollar an excellent romance novel and looks forward to reading more from Sebastian Cole." -- BookReview.com
"Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is Sebastian Cole's debut novel, but I think he will have a long list of best sellers if he keeps going at this rate. It will renew your faith in finding and keeping that one true love." -- Kate Patrick
From the Author
- ASIN : B00E0SR5PG
- Publisher : Sebastian Cole LLC; 2nd edition (April 18, 2012)
- Publication date : April 18, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4536 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #934,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would not recommend this book.
I think the book suffers from two major issues. One - the time jumps, as other reviewers have complained. The "big reveal" about the identity of the orderly wasn't that well done, mainly because he doesn't really factor that much into the story as a whole. And there IS a discussion section at the end of the book that suggests who the character really is, but I just didn't see it that way. I felt like the orderly, in the scheme of things, played a much more minor role than the author suggests. (If you read it, you'll probably get what I mean.) Two - the characters just aren't that believable, and the main problem here is that the dialogue is terribly stilted. They're all meant to be lovable characters with major flaws, or perhaps meant to be majorly flawed characters with some lovability underneath. Either way, the dialogue didn't serve them and I found myself really not caring one way or another how they ended up.
The love story played off as juvenile in nature, with characters who never truly matured or grew up in any way. The whole story ends with the summation of the main character, Noah, as "having lived his life by following his heart," or some such notion, but to me, Noah just came off as pretty much confused and immature throughout the entire novel. Robin, similarly, was not really well-developed as a character. The author explains her behavior by giving her a personality disorder, which is demeaning, quite frankly.
There were many themes Cole introduced but never got around to exploring. I kept wondering, what was the point of making the family Jewish? Would the theme of cultural propogation be explored? No. Was it a comment on the interaction between an American Jewish family and a significant other from a different religion or who embraced atheism? No. Would we explore a culture clash? No. The effect was that it made the Hartmanns look petty and conniving, with few redeeming qualities - their objections to Noah's relationship with Robin were hinged on the very differences between their religion/culture and Robin's, yet Cole failed to even explore the very themes he brings up.
I suppose Sand Dollar is a good read for people who like romance and big, fabulous, spiritual endings. For me, the story just didn't support it, and I, like other reviewers here, am really glad I got the book for free on Kindle. It's bad enough I wasted my time reading it, no need to have wasted my money, too.
First of all, the characters are not likeable - at all! I spend the book being aggravated by Noah - what's wrong with that man? Normally, I can get behind the hero and cheer him on - Noah inspired none of this in me. And Robin? I found absolutely nothing to like about this woman! I never saw any evidence of why they "loved" each other so much - what was to love, much less like? The author's best shot was "the way she looked into my eyes".... huh? It would have been nice if the readers would have been privy to what made either one of them lovable - we weren't.
Still, I stuck to it until the end (silly me). It got even worse, the hysteria was SO contrived. (Spoil Alert) Robin was forced (roughly even!) from the room in Noah's last minutes by the doctor????? That NEVER would have happened. By the time I got to the part where Noah comes back to life for just one minute to tell her he loved her, I was laughing. My advice? Save yourself time and money and move onto a better book!
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