Sea Glass Sunrise (The Brides of Blueberry Cove) by Donna Kauffman
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: In seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, friends are just another word for family, and big-city politics take a backseat to local pride. But the real treasure on these shores is always love...
When D.C. lawyer Hannah McCrae heads home for her brother's wedding, she's dragging a lot of baggage along wither her - and she doesn't mean suitcases. Betrayed personally, and humiliated professionally, the last thing she wants is a new man. That's fine with square-jawed, rugged contractor Calder Blue. He and Hannah may be wildly attracted to one another, but all he wants is to build the town's hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, day after day the pair wind up tangled in each other's business - and maybe soon in each other's arms. Every bride needs something "blue"...Includes a delicious wedding cake recipe! (from Goodreads)
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: I really enjoyed Kauffman's Bachelor's of Blueberry Cove series so I couldn't resist this one.
My Impression: While this is the first book in a new series there is a lot of stuff from The Bachelors series that is getting tied up. However, I think it'd be pretty easy to figure out what's going on and that you can go immediately into this series without having read the other books. The book starts off with Hannah heading towards Blueberry Cove, Maine. She's back in town for the wedding of her brother and the lighthouse restorer he met and fell in love with in book one of the Bachelors (Pelican Point). She's got her own set of worries and reasons for keeping some secrets from her family. Her reasons are understandable and she is planning on telling all so this isn't a reach into the book and yell "JUST TELL THEM" kind of story.
Plans are derailed when she almost runs into Calder and the first meeting is pretty interesting. He's intrigued by her and she's intrigued by him but somewhat horrified about how their first meeting went (other than the car accident it involves a crushed bag of chocolate covered pretzels and her sister acting seriously annoyed while in an awful bridesmaid dress and rain boots) which I found relate-able. I loved being back in Blueberry Cove and it was nice to check up on everyone from the previous books.
I really liked both Calder and Hannah. Calder is definitely in alpha-male territory but he's not heavy handed about it. As he tells Hannah at one point "Everyone needs to be rescued at some point." and so he wants to help her. Hannah's a bit lost when she shows up in Blueberry Cove and is in a lot of turmoil. Her turning to Calder makes sense as they do have an instant connection and she really needs someone to talk to who isn't her family.
We do stray into insta-love territory here but in a way does make sense just the time line is a little rushed. I do get the connection and the attraction but the speed strained believe-ability a bit. I also had a hard time connecting to Hannah. While I liked her and understood her it felt like she kept her walls up so much that she kept the reader at a distance.
While this wasn't my favorite romance that I've read from Kauffman, I did enjoy my trip to Blueberry Cove and getting to know these characters. I'm looking forward to reading Fiona and Kerry's stories.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes definitely. Kauffman is an author that I've consistently enjoyed.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you like contemporary romances that involve lots of small town goings-on this is a great series. It's definitely more on the Debbie Macomber (though with more heat) side than Jill Shalvis.