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Blueberry Cove, Maine, is as small-town as small towns get. More than a little quirky, it has sheltered generations of families. But there's always room for a new face.

Fixing things has always been Alex McFarland's greatest gift and keenest pleasure. But with her own life thoroughly broken, she's signed on to renovate the dilapidated Pelican Point lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with herself. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling in love - with the glorious coastline, with age-old secrets and welcome-home smiles - and with rugged Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on. DIY is so much better with two.

©2013 Donna Kauffman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • DK
  • 10-18-15

I Expected Too Much of Pelican Point....


Pelican Point seemed like an exciting book for me to listen to, as it takes place on the rural coast of Maine – a place I know very well.

The beginning was strong, but after that it just seem to muddle along. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't 'blow me away.' It was too descriptive and detailed. Everything was repeated, from the condition of the lighthouse to the trees, the water, the land, etc.

I won this book in a contest but have not been able to finish it (I'm about halfway through) and putting it aside for now. I will not pursue this series nor would I recommend it as anything but average.

I have mad respect for authors, as it takes courage and self-discipline to write and put your product out to the public. So, Donna Kaufman, I appreciate your effort. This book just didn't do it for me.

The narration was good to better.

Notes: some descriptions of sex - PG

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Just ok

I really didn't get through the whole thing! Just "meh..." I fell asleep about ten minutes in, must get an award for most repeat listens!

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Couldn't get past the first couple chapters

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author spent a whole chapter with the heroine in a fog, taking in the hero's extraordinary great looks and about 5 minutes on his deep baritone voice. When the hero spoke tho, he sounded like a teenage cartoon character. I realize it's hard for women to do men's voices but I think my biggest criticism is that it was all just too boring to listen to. People who love, love, romance novels would probably like this book but for me there was too much of the heroine being fainting and delicate and swooning over the hero's good looks. I just couldn't get past the first 4 chapters and had to return the book.

Has Pelican Point turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe I should have read through the reviews more thoroughly. I would still check out other books in this genre.

What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

The hero's voice sounded like a teen cartoon character.

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Just what I needed!

This is a lovely story that is relaxing to listen too. It has a great setting, a strong sexy guy and a relatable heroine. The narrator is perfect.

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  • KO
  • 12-05-20

Wonderful

I am a big time Robyn Carr fan. Virgin River and this town Blueberry Cove in Maine are places where I’d like to live. This delightful story is about a woman whose world was shattered and how she returns to the “living”. Donna Kauffman did a great job with the characters who are kind and real; the story line is without violence or ill repute. It’s a feel good “read” all around. I have read all of Robyn Carr’s works I was really worried in what direction I would go to find another terrific series. Now I know. Thank you Donna Kaufman.

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Weak woman, strong man. No thanks.

Lame damsel in de stress narrative. A set back for women everywhere. Weak woman, strong man. Yuck.

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Beautiful story

This book is up there with Virgin River and Angels Rest for me. I love this story and the elements with the lighthouse, past losses, the romance, etc. Loved it.

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Pelican Point

I was not a fan of the narrator's choice for how to perform Logan's deep voice. And the "boy loses girl" beat of the plot was contrived. But as usual, I read these books not because they're high literature, but because they're light and soothing and they don't stress my nervous system, for which I am glad.

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Likable characters

Cute and wholesome small town story.

This is a story for people who love Nicolas Sparks.

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Setting: Blueberry Cove, Maine Contemporary to 2013
Genre: Romance
While his 3 younger sisters took off for college and professional lives, or to explore the world, Logan McCrae returned to his little hometown of Blueberry Cove to join the police force and become one of the youngest in the position. He feels an obligation, not just to the town, but also his family’s legacy. The McCraes were the light keepers at Pelican Point from when it was built in the 1700s to when it was decommissioned in the 1970s, at which time they bought it from the state. It, along with the keeper’s cottage and the larger family home from the 1800s are in need of repair. So, without his knowledge, Logan’s great uncle calls in McFarland & Sons, specialists in lighthouse restoration to get the job done.
Alex is the last McFarland in the company. In fact, the company has been reduced to an ancient truck, some good tools, and her knowledge and experience, since her father’s fatal accident. She desperately needs the job restoring this lighthouse. It will take 2 years, and she can use that time to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Continue the business, or find something new?
Logan does not want to hire Alex. It isn’t that he doesn’t think she can do it (how refreshing not to have a sexist prick for the male protagonist, which is so often a device in novels in which the female has a conventionally masculine profession). Instead, it is a matter of money, and at the moment, restoring the house is more important. So she finagles her way into that business for a limited time (He’s allowing her to stay while she lines up another restoration job) while trying to convince him about the lighthouse. Logan and Alex are attracted to one another, but their respective baggage keeps getting in the way of their achieving happiness.
The writing is good, as far as grammar and usage go, but Ms Kauffman could have used a good editor. Probably could have cut it by a couple of hours. There were times I wanted to sit them down and discuss passivity. Too much description, too much internal monologue, too much ongoing anguish. Really, perhaps the author should have put a mental health clinic in town so her character could realistically deal with her grief. Most people have family and friends to help them through tragedy, but Alex is alone. It really isn’t realistic that she could handle the emotional demands of a heavy relationship. So yeah, there’s that.
I actually got this book after accidentally reading the first book in the Brides of Blueberry Cove Series. I thought it was a good idea to read the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series first before returning to one that shoots off this one. I don’t know how many of these I can binge read without starting to hate them. We’ll see...

The narration by Lauren Fortgang is fairly good. She differentiates well between male and female characters, she does a passable up East accent when called for, and gives adequate accents to the two Irish characters. I generally enjoy her work.

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  • Sue Casey
  • 03-11-18

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book, even if it did waffle on in spots a nice romance story

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  • Alana
  • 06-14-17

A good read

I love stories about lighthouses so had to read this. Enjoyed it for the most part & may read the series