by Hope Holloway
Shellseeker Beach - Book 5
Publisher: Hope Holloway
Release Date: August 19, 2022
Reviewed by PJ
In order to secure a high-profile feature story for Shellseeker Cottages, the family must come together like never before. But as they do, some of the strongest relationships face daunting challenges, and more than one heart may be left broken on the beach.
Olivia and Deeley’s lives are suddenly thrust into a new kind of chaos, and the solution threatens to end their brand new romance. Camille is struggling with feelings she’s never had before, both thrilling and terrifying, while others are being pulled away from the oasis on the beach.
Like the tides that bring a bounty of shells every morning and night, change is the only constant…and love is the foundation that holds this found family firmly on the sands of the place they call home.
Just like the tides that lap at the shore, this fifth book in Hope Holloway's Shellseeker Beach series is filled with highs and lows. There is so much depth to these stories. Holloway excels at creating layered, complex, fully-developed characters who she then sends on complicated, realistic, life journeys. I've become so attached to them. They feel more like good friends, even family, by this point rather than characters in a book.
I love the fact that all generations in these books have compelling storylines and full lives. Romance is not only for the young in Holloway's universe. Nor is it easy. There are some deep emotional valleys traveled in this book and scenes that ripped my heart out. I'm not ashamed to admit the tears were flowing. I like that Holloway keeps things real, exploring the real-life challenges of relationships that many experience on the path to our happily ever after. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, and when the final page was turned all I wanted to do was go back to the beginning and read it all over again. I probably will.
This is a series where each book builds upon the events and relationships from the previous one and continuing characters evolve over the course of the series. For maximum enjoyment, I strongly recommend reading the books in order.