Monday, August 25, 2014
Sandpiper Island - Review
Sandpiper Island (The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #3) by Donna Kauffman
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Ford Maddox has spent the last 20 years hiding from the world and doing work with birds on the secluded Sandpiper Island. 20 years ago Delia O'Reilly helped him when he needed it the most and now she needs help. But Delia has spent that time doing things on her own and getting her to accept help is not an easy thing to do. Can these two independent strong willed people work together? Can they each let down the walls they've spent so much time building?
Why I Picked This Book: While I enjoyed the previous book in this series (Half Moon Harbor review) it took me awhile to get into it. I wanted to see if reading the books in order helped.
Pros: One of the things I loved most about this book and the previous book was the characters. I can say the same thing about the characters in both books - they acted like mature and reasonable adults. However, Kauffman did a wonderful making these characters completely different than Grace and Brodie from Half Moon. Delia is all heart and used to being a shoulder for everyone else's troubles yet keeping herself slightly apart emotionally. A long time ago she lost everyone and everything that mattered to her and she's determined to not feel that way again while still reaching out to help people as much as possible. Ford had a rough childhood and a tough military career. When he came to Blueberry Cove, Maine he needed to find his footing and he needed to heal. He retreated to the island to work with birds and basically spent the next years alone. I liked that while Ford really wants to help he is awkward and rusty in dealing with people - especially Delia. Their interactions are lovely as well. They have quite a history so they know each other, however they haven't seen each other in awhile. While they say the wrong things they don't always storm off mad. They listen to each other, they communicate about what made them mad and they try to fix things all while seeming authentic. All the time spent at Delia's Diner gives the reader a good insight into the people of the town and the divide between the fisherman and the developers. I really enjoyed the time spent on Sandpiper Island and I'm going to have to spend some time looking up baby Puffins!
Cons: This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order as most of the background between Ford and Delia happened in Half Moon Harbor. I had a problem really figuring out what was going on in Half Moon Harbor for the first little while because I hadn't read the book before and I think that would've been the case with #3 if I hadn't read #2. Also, the end didn't tie up things as much as I'd like. I was satisfied with the ending between Delia and Ford but there were other storylines that were left a little open ended. I'm hoping to see more of what happens in book #4.
Overall: I really enjoyed my 2nd visit to this little harbor town in Maine. Delia and Ford are really likable characters that you can't help but root for. Just make sure you read the series in order!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I've already got book #1 in this series and am looking forward to book #4!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely just remember that this is a series that it is important to read in order.