Narrator Teri Clark Linden has a slight huskiness to her voice that lends an additional layer of angst to this moody romance. Fragile Mel has just survived an unexpected divorce, leaving her skittish and wary of love. She restarts her life by buying a bed-and-breakfast on the Oregon coast called the Sea Glass Inn and finds Pamela Whitford, the artist who inspired her move in order to commission artwork for her new business. Pam has neglected her talent for years, fearful of the vulnerability that accompanies creativity, but something about Mel loosens the chains around her heart. The beautiful images Linden creates with her voice will linger in listeners' minds like Pam's paintings.
After a life of wrong turns and lost hope, can true love be more than a bittersweet fantasy? Melinda Andrews arrives on the Oregon coast with a dream of running the Sea Glass Inn. Still reeling after an unexpected divorce, Mel believes she has missed her chance to find love. All she wants is to make her business a success and regain her independence. She locates the artist who inspired her move so she can commission more paintings for her new inn. Pamela Whitford runs a gallery in a small seaside town, planning events and supporting other artists while neglecting her own talent. Since being deserted by the love she thought was forever, she refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her again. But Pam can't resist the struggling new innkeeper, and she agrees to paint for her even though it means opening herself up to creativity and the vulnerability that goes with it. Can they learn to trust again and discover a second chance at love?
©2013 Karis Walsh (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
Mel is just off a divorce and has been out of the scene for several years. Pam has been hiding from emotional connections since being totally played by an uncool b****h. Two older ladies with unhappy pasts come together due to some wicked hot chemistry, but can they leave the pain of the past behind? Hey it's a freaking romance novel you know the answer to that one.
If I can make a point or two here I'd like to have a little more action happening and for the two protagonists to spend a little less time in their heads. Hey; maybe I'm just too young to get it but if I hadn't had a distraction with me; I'd have given up on this one early. I just finished up with my teen years and I didn't have as much angst as these two women.
Then there are the supporting characters, who with the exception of Mel's son Danny are a waste of space; they never felt real to me.
Thanks to my girl's dad for this; i hope this isn't too bad; it's my first. Oh yeah this book's an okay listen; enjoy.
Story is slow to unfold except that like with many books the people of interest seem to know by page 5 who they want. I liked the story and the details and references to the Oregon Coast. The narration took away from the story a little. No doubt Teri is a pro. She pulled off some great scenes. But Mel's narration and often Pam's felt more like a children's book than what I would have expected from these women.
The narration was quite good. However the story as a whole was mired in to much angst. These two women met, felt an attraction, found fulfillment on a sexual basis but there was no worthwhile communication. One woman comes from a bad relationship where her partner was jealous, it seemed, of her talent as an artist and they could not reach fulfillment plus the jealous partner has a child that our artist just adores and one day she just takes the child and goes away ending the relationship. Our other woman comes from a sham of a marriage where she knows she is a lesbian but stayed with the man for the sake of the child. Once she leaves the marriage she goes to a small coastal town and opens up a bed and breakfast to start her life over. She meets the artist and there is an attraction right from the start but the artist is mired in self doubt or self pity from the failed relationship that has kept her from painting since her breakup. Paintings are commissioned and the two women help each other heal from their past relationships. Our artist starts to come alive, painting wise, as the friendship grows but is still afraid to start or except any possible relationship with the B&B owner other than a physical one.
"one of the finest romances"
Have listened to around 20 romances in the past 6 months, Sea Glass has to be one of my favorites. To the point that during a resent visit to the sea side I was busied myself for hours collecting different sand smoothed coloured glass from the beach hoping to use it in a craft. However after hours I only came up with five pieces. Enough rambling from me. story is very much a traditional with many elements of traditional romantic notations weaved into the characters and circumstances. Pam is an introverted artist who has lost her nerve to create while Mel has taken on a new life to repair and open for business and old sea side inn. The strength of this novel comes from the quality of the traditional romantic tale, as well as the detail in which the characters are developed, their fears, and conflicts. A lot of insight is provided into the creative struggle of the artist, which I can relate as well as the the drive to be successful in a new life. A very enjoyable novel and one of the few I plan to listen to again.
"Pretty bog standard"
This story turned out to be pretty much like a lot of lesbian novels out there. Basic idea being that one person is portrayed as straight, but then finds themselves attracted to another woman. This however was not the sum total of the story, because at least the 'straight' woman had known for some time that she was gay, and was only in the marriage for the sake of a son.
And with that you do get something that is a bit different to the other stories of a similar ilk.
The performance by the narrator wasn't too bad, but could have been slightly better at times when distinguishing between characters.
Am I happy to keep this in my audible collection? Yes, because although it doesn't stretch you story wise, it is alright to use on a day when you don't want to think about anything too hard.
"Unambitious and distinctly average"
Look, as I reader, I know what to expect from books of this genre. They are often pulpy and hysterical and very much predicable. So this was more of the same... granted, not so hysterical and the tone was calm and measured, but still... There is a certain formula that lesbian romance novels follow..1, the characters meet, are attracted, but clash. 2. Take ages to get together... largely as each assumes that the other is not interested. I can't think why, what with the preponderance of shallow gasps and dilated pupils, but anyway...3. Two major obstacles appear...the first one based on the stubbornness of one of the main characters, the second due to car accident/shooting/job offer elsewhere/children etc 4. They reconcile both times and by the time they do, the reader is practically in a coma and has long ceased to care.
So this book is kinda like that. It wasn't horrendously written or anything. Granted, the two main characters were very similar, like the author was writing aspects of herself for both rather than imagining two very different characters. I would guess that this is the authors first novel, and for that it is OK, but really she has a way to go in terms of surprising her audience. It was very, very predictable, and badly needs a dose of tension or intrigue.
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