Friday, July 15, 2022

Review - - Sanibel Sisters

Sanibel Sisters
by Hope Holloway
Shellseeker Beach -  Book 4
Publisher: Hope Holloway
Release Date: July 15, 2022
Reviewed by PJ

As the found family in Shellseeker Beach prepares for the high tourist season, excitement is in the air as the new Sanibel Sisters boutique opens. Eliza navigates the possibility of a second chance romance, but an unexpected fear is slowing things down.

Her daughter has decided she is all in with a man she once thought was all wrong, but efforts to help him out of a bind threaten to backfire. And when Katie finally opens her heart to the first true love of her life, her stepsister’s arrival suddenly changes everything.

PJ's Thoughts:

Hope Holloway's debut Coconut Key series set a high bar last year. I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the author's writing style. I fully expected to enjoy the books in this year's Shellseeker Beach series but I did not expect to have the same visceral reaction to them as I had with those set on Coconut Key. I was wrong. 

In book four, we return to Sanibel Island with another story I couldn't put down. The focus in this book is sisters, a theme with the ability to generate great depths of emotion...and conflict. Holloway explores both as she skillfully guides her characters through the ups and downs of life, love, forgiveness, understanding, reunions, and life-changing realizations, all the while flawlessly balancing the intricacies of multiple storylines. It's a beautiful tapestry woven together using the individual threads of these members of found family that reside within Shellseeker Beach. 

Reading each book in this series is like returning to a favorite place populated with friends who have become family. Holloway perfectly captures the vibe of Sanibel Island, immersing me in that unique Southwest Florida atmosphere that I love and miss. Then there are her characters: realistic, relatable, and emotionally engaging. I feel as if we've been friends for years. I'm invested in their journeys, their happiness, aching when they're in pain, celebrating with them during times of joy and success. I know them. I care for them. And I can't wait to read more about them. 

If you have not yet discovered Hope Holloway, I highly recommend adding her to your summer reading list. Her books are closed-door, contemporary romance/women's fiction with an abundance of humor, hope, and heart-tugging emotion. As with her earlier Coconut Key series, each Shellseeker Beach book builds upon the previous stories. For that reason, I strongly recommend beginning this series with Sanibel Dreams and reading the remaining books in order. There are seven books in the series, which will be completed by November, 2022. The books, in order, are:

Sanibel Dreams
Sanibel Treasures
Sanibel Mornings
Sanibel Sisters
Sanibel Tides - August 19, 2022
Sanibel Sunsets - September 16, 2022
Sanibel Moonlight - November 18, 2022


  1. This book and series sounds like it will be a worthwhile investment of time. Balancing multiple threads and interlocking relationships takes talent and makes the book more interesting. Her style and books sound a bit like Sheila Roberts. I have enjoyed her Moonlight Harbor series and one of her Christmas books.
    I will have to add Hope Holloway and her Shellseeker Beach/Sanibel series to my wish list. I will definitely be reading them in order.

    1. While you're waiting for Shellseeker Beach to be completed, you might want to take a look at her Coconut Key series. Book one is A Secret in the Keys. They're available for purchase but are also in Kindle Unlimited if you're a KU subscriber.

  2. Both series have made my wish list. My kids can pick and choose which ones to get me.

  3. She's a new Author for me, I will check out her books, this sounds good, thank you

  4. It is a puzzlement how I read so many books and still there are talented authors who I do not know. Thanks for the review and the explanation of where to start and what to expect from such a good writer.
    Hope everyone is well

  5. I'm echoing Annette. Every day another talented author I've yet to read!