Saturday 17 October 2015

Review ~ The Sand Dollar by Maggie Christensen


When Jenny Sullivan finds a sand dollar amongst her cherished possessions, it brings back memories of the happy times she spent in Oregon, USA with her godmother Maddy. Jenny unexpectedly discovers that the job she has enjoyed for the last ten years is about to come to an end and in order to make sense of this catastrophic event, she makes the momentous decision to travel from her home in Queensland ,Australia to Oregon in order to spend some special time with her godmother. Forced into making some dramatic changes in her life, Jenny uses her time in Oregon to discover the hidden secrets of her heritage which, ultimately, opens a journey of self-discovery that Jenny could never have imagined.

I thought that the story was allowed to evolve nicely and the author shows a real sense of empathy with her characters. The gentleness of the narrative allows Jenny’s story to be told in an entirely realistic way and I enjoyed the anticipation of how the journey would advance and develop. The burgeoning relationship between Jenny and widower, Mike Halliday is sensitively explored and shows that people can, and do, find love at a later stage in life. Jenny’s relationship with Maddy is a joy to read, as is Maddy herself, who is feisty and determined.

Overall, I thought that this was a lovely story with real potential to develop as a series.

The Sand Dollar is book one of the Oregon Coast series.
The Dreamcatcher is book two of the Oregon Coast series

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 Maggie Christensen

Twitter @MaggieChriste33

My thanks to the author for sharing her book with me.


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