Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Nantucket
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Denise's Website: www.denisehunterbooks.com
"What a tangled web we weave…" was one of her aunt’s sayings, and boy, was it apropos to the situation Sabrina Kincaid finds herself in.
Hurt and betrayed, Sabrina keeps men at arm’s length. Relationships just weren’t for her. Unless they were by email. Shortly after moving to Nantucket, Sabrina innocently enough was put into contact with Tucker McCabe. Email contact. Through email she could be herself, tell him things she couldn’t say face to face. Through email she fell in love with him. Luckily for her Tucker doesn’t know that the server who waits on him every morning at the café is the woman he’s been exchanging thoughts, ideas, and hopes with.
Thanks to her landlady’s praises on her researching and puzzle-solving abilities, Tucker wants to hire her to find…her! He won’t take no for an answer, and if she refuses he’ll hire someone else! What to do? Only one answer. Pretend to examine the emails, look for clues as to an identity, and throw Tucker off the track. Good thing for her the photo she sent him was of her cousin. After what she did, he simply couldn’t know she was "Sweetpea."
Soon her web becomes even more tangled. Her plan has some flaws, which she’s dealt with the best she could as needed, but when another huge snarl is woven into the web things (emotions and situations) spiral out of control. Sabrina’s sure once he learns the truth, the whole truth Tucker will look at her with disdain.
Sabrina has no faith in herself or God. She feels she’s drab and unlovable. What she’s done is unforgivable. How could Tucker, or God for that matter, possibly forgive what she’s done? How could he possibly love her?
Seaside Letters is sweet and touching. It’s never preachy. The spiritual references are sparing, however they offer the right amount of inspiration to the reader as well as insight into the characters. Sabrina is hurt and confused and the secret she’s hiding from is becoming like an anvil around her neck. She just needs to find her faith in herself and in God. Tucker is all that is patient and kind wrapped around a package of strength and honor. He’s willing to fight for Sabrina’s love.
Reading a story that is fresh, engaging, and moving as well as inspiring is time well spent. Ms. Hunter combines many elements in her story and characters which maintains the reader’s interest and attention. She touches the reader in an indefinable way, subtly with a delicate touch and plenty of empathy.
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