Friday, April 29, 2022

Review: Sand Dollar Lane by Sheila Roberts


A fun romance set in a small beach town is what you'll find in the latest Moonlight Harbor novel by Sheila Roberts. 

Sand Dollar Lane features Lucy Holmes, a Seattle-based real estate broker working with her husband, until she catches him showering at one of their listings with another agent. Determined to start over, Lucy buys a house in Moonlight Harbor, a small beach town. 

Brody Green has suffered through a divorce and being dumped by his fiancée. Even though he and Jenna remained friends, they still live in the same small town. Eager to make up for breaking off their engagement, Jenna is seeking the perfect woman for Brody. 

The one thing Brody always has going for him is that he owns the one real estate office in town. That is until Lucy Holmes arrives and opens up her brokerage.  

I have enjoyed this author's books for years. I rarely pass up an opportunity to participate in her virtual book tours. This read was a bit tough on the eyes since I used NetGalley on my phone, but it was worth every minute.

Roberts creates characters you love and want to spend time with. In Sand Dollar Lane, you can't help but feel sorry for poor Lucy, whose entire life is turned upside down by her husband Evan's indiscretion. And who can't understand how Brody feels watching the woman he thought he would spend the rest of his life with marry someone else? It is a novel that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you root for the main characters to find lasting love.

What I truly enjoyed about this novel, however, is how well Roberts used multiple points of view to work through the subplots of the novel. Lucy and Evan's daughter Hannah brings a fresh and younger perspective to this women's novel. I don't want to spoil things, so I won't go into detail, but I loved her insight into her family's troubles and how big she dreams about her and her mother's futures. 

Anything with a beach town setting is going to capture my attention, but Roberts' cast of town residents and their town events really made this a special story. As a real estate professional, I also appreciate that the author took the time to run details by an actual real estate broker. I despise when fictional real estate professionals do crazy things that would never be allowed. 

If you enjoy small town romance, women's novels, or well-written stories told from multiple view points, you need to give Sand Dollar Lane by Sheila Roberts a try.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MIRA; Original edition (April 26, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 077838635X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0778386353

I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


Damyanti Biswas said...

A very interesting review :)

Cheryl said...

Thanks. It was a great book.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

How fun for you to read a novel with a real estate aspect to the plot. I've enjoyed several Sheila Roberts books so this is on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!