Wednesday, April 5, 2017

White Sand, Blue Sea by Anita Hughes ~ My Thoughts


White Sand, Blue Sea

White Sand, Blue Sea: A St. Barts Love Story by Anita Hughes
Print and ebook, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin 

Olivia Miller is standing on the porch of her mother and stepfather's plantation style villa in St. Barts. They have been coming here every April for years but she is always thrilled to see the horseshoe shaped bay of Gustavia and white sand of Gouverneur's Beach. This trip should be particularly exciting because she is celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday and hoping that Finn, her boyfriend of four years, will propose.

The only person who won't be here is her father, Sebastian, who she hasn’t seen in twenty years. He’s a well-known artist and crisscrosses the globe, painting and living in exotic locations like Kenya and China. When Sebastian walks unexpectedly walks through the door and floats back into Olivia’s life like a piece of bad driftwood she never knew she wanted, she starts to wondering if her world is too narrow. She questions the dreams and the relationship she’s always thought she wanted. But there seems to be more to the story than an innocent fatherly visit, and Olivia must decide if love is more important than truth.

Set on St. Barts, the jewel of the Caribbean, White Sand, Blue Sea is a heartwarming story about romance and adventure, and most importantly, about knowing yourself, and what makes you happy.


My thoughts about White Sand, Blue Sea ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"It was late morning and the sky was bright blue and the sun was the color of honey."

This is the second Anita Hughes story that I have read and I love being taken to the worlds she creates. St. Barts in the Caribbean is the local of this book and I felt like I was on a vacation with friends.

Olivia is preparing to celebrate her 25th birthday and expecting an engagement ring from her boyfriend but what she gets is an unexpected visitor; her father whom she has not seen in 20 years. Emotions and loyalties get all jumbled up as everyone tries to adjust to the appearance of this long lost person from their past.

The evolvement of the relationships was what made this story a page turner. It was interesting watching them all try to figure out what they wanted, and what they needed to be happy. As I mentioned, reading one of Anita's books is like taking a vacation and I am glad I took this trip to St. Barts.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.


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