- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Melissa Foster
- Audible.com Release Date: July 19, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01INYRJ3K
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Seaside Dreams: Seaside Summers, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Seaside Dreams is enchanting, sweet and steamy love story.
Bella and Caden's attraction is immediate and intense, and they have little power to fight against it. The way their relationship is built up, is enjoyable and fun to read. Bella and Caden are both building up new lives for themselves, facing the challenges of the new jobs and location, and now also the demands of new, strong attraction and possible relationship.
Caden's son Evan, is in that awkward place between being a child and young man, with all the angst, trials and tribulations fourteen year old faces. The storyline with Evan is real and easy to relate to.
But Seaside Dreams is more than just the love story. It's also endearing picture of lifelong friendships, and what a cornerstone those are in our lives. The secondary characters are vital part of the story. The love, support, and 'know-how' of those forever friendship is priceless.
Melissa Foster writes beautifully grafted stories, where the characters are real and authentic. It is easy to identify with their life, feelings, and challenges they face.
Seaside Dreams is delightful, satisfying, and entertaining story, highly recommended ~four spoons!
Every summer, Bella visits Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where she shares magical summers with all her friends. But this summer isn't like the previous ones. Bella, reliable and steady, quits her job, packed up her belongings, put her house for sale, and vowed off relationships until her life is in order again and she knows what her future holds for her. But sometimes, what you plan and what is destined to happen are two completely different things...
Caden Grant is a single father who left the comfort of his home in Boston to come to Seaside Cottages to escape the horror he faced when his partner in the police force was killed on the job. Now, starting new, he tries to put all his focus on Evan, his son and his pride an joy. He's never loved anyone as much as he loves Evan, never thought there was room for anyone else, until he met the spark-fire that is Bella. She's wild. She's charming. But most importantly, she cares for his son. When his son gets mixed with the wrong crowd, Caden will have to put all his attention on Evan, but where does that leave Bella? Does Caden's heart really have room for Bella, when all his life Evan has been his whole world?
Sometimes starting over means facing the demons of your past. And sometimes, summers aren't meant to be forever.
I absolutely loved this book! Every character was likable, which isn't common in books, and I really felt invested in, not only the main characters story, but the supporting characters as well. If the other characters, whom get their own books, are as wonderful as Bella and Caden, I can't wait to get sucked into this sweet summer series!
I highly recommend this book.
My favorite quotes:
"That's how you know it's real love, son. There's no ifs ands or buts. There's only life with her or hell without her."
"The woman I want to spend my life with, and maybe one day, if you want to, you'll be the mother of our child. That side of my heart that Evan fills has room for more, but the other side of my heart? Your side? It only has room for you."
"Sometimes having a relationship makes everything else easier to deal with. Sometimes all it takes is that one piece of the puzzle to pull the rest of them together and have them all make sense."
You get to know Bella and the rest of the girls and they're all so real. The first book in this series "Seaside Dreams" is the story of Bella finding herself. She also finds a few other perks along the way (like tall, dark, handsome....) Enter Caden Grant (my new book boyfriend). He's the kind of man every girl longs for. Not only is he handsome and strong, he's a great dad and always looking out for his son before anything or anyone else.
You see the love story blooming, quickly between Bella and Caden, as you also see a couple of other storylines play out (that are important to the way things eventually work out). Will the feelings be enough for the single father to allow himself to fall for a woman he barely knows? Will any man be enough for Bella to altar her life changing plans? I can't divulge too much without getting into spoiler territory. So I'll just make this short and sweet. I will warn you though, once you read this one you'll be anxiously waiting for the next book in the series!