Friday, April 2, 2021

Review & Giveaway - - The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn

The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn
by Leigh Duncan
Sugar Sand Beach - Book 1
Publisher: Gardenia Street Publishing
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Reviewed by PJ

Escape to Sugar Sand Beach with Michelle Robinson and her best friends for a second chance at all life has to offer.

At forty-five, Michelle has a great life. A husband who loves her. Two children on the fast track to success. A beautiful home in the rolling hills of Virginia. And three of the best friends a girl could ever want.

But with the sudden death of Michelle’s husband of twenty-five years, her life turns upside down.

Forced to sell their forever home and at odds with her children, Michelle faces a bleak future. Until an unexpected inheritance starts her on a path paved with bright possibilities.

Join Michelle, Reggie, Nina and Erin as they journey to Sugar Sand Beach where fresh opportunities for life, love and happiness are as limitless as the blue Florida skies.

PJ's Thoughts:

The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn launches Duncan's new women's fiction series about four women, best friends, each at a crossroads in her life, who are offered the unexpected opportunity to take a new path. It's heart-tugging, complicated, hopeful, and inspiring. 

In this first book, Duncan introduces us to four fully-developed and complex characters. While Michelle takes center stage, we begin to know all four friends and dip into their individual stories as they are tested by complicated family relationships, workplace manipulation, and personal betrayal. I'm intrigued by each of them, already forming attachments, fully invested in their stories, and eager to discover where this new adventure will take them. It will be fun to watch them bring a forgotten, Florida beachfront, Queen Anne home to life again with a new purpose as they - hopefully - do the same for themselves, with the possibility of new romances to sweeten the deal.

If you enjoy female friendships, mature characters (mid-thirties to mid-forties), new life adventures, and the beach (who doesn't love the beach?), give The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn a try. The remaining four books will all be released this year and I am eager to read all of them.   

The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn (3/23/21)

The Secret at Sugar Sand Inn (5/14/21)

The Cafe at Sugar Sand Inn (8/13/21)

The Reunion at Sugar Sand Inn (10/15/21)

Christmas at Sugar Sand Inn (11/19/21)


In their quest to restore their new property and open the Sugar Sand Inn, each woman takes responsibility for a different facet of the project. Michelle is the business mind, Reggie is in charge of landscaping, Chef Nina tackles the kitchen, and globe-trotting athlete Erin dives into water sports and other activities. 

If you and a group of friends decided to restore an old home and turn it into an inn, which part of the project would you claim?

One person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, April 3 will receive a Kindle copy of The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn

*Must be 18

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  1. I would be hospitality. I am a good people person, and I am a good hostess. Actually, this entire premise sounds like such a lovely idea to me.

    I am a fan of friends who come together to form a successful project.

    Thanks for the review. You have given me a wonderful gift...again. I just got this book.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well. MAY EVERYONE HAVE A BLESSED EASTER!

  2. Social director? Love the peaceful looking cover!

  3. This sounds like a fun read. I would take on the kitchen or be the business manager. Thanks for the chance.

  4. I really enjoy series revolving around good friends. And I think this age bracket isn't covered as much as it should be. This series sounds like it will be a real winner.
    I'd probably like to work with the bedrooms...give them each a personality of their own.

  5. I would love to do the sitting room. In an old Victorian house there should be a sitting room or parlor. Somewhere to read a book, have a glass of wine, listen to some music or just enjoy quiet conversation.

  6. Guess I'd work in the kitchen.


  7. I'd probably be most useful in the kitchen. Well, that and creating a library.

  8. From all these comments, it sounds like we have a first rate team to open our own beachside inn! :)

  9. I would likely plan the layout of the rooms and some of the interior decorating and landscaping. We restored an 1898 victorian house and I tackled all of it. A lot of work, but so worth it.
    I did this comment earlier and company came. I forgot to post it until just now.

    1. Something went wrong with my google account and it would't let me post. It has taken me an hour to fix it.