Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stephanie's Review of WRITTEN IN THE SAND by T.A. Foster & Mary-Kathryn Craft

Title: Written in the Sand
Author: T.A. Foster & Mary-Katheryn Craft
Publication Date: 10/28/2014
Source: ARC provided by Inkslinger PR

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Blair is determined to stay on course. Her reporting career is waiting for her if she can just make it through summer on the island. 

Justyn knows not to get attached to tourist girls breezing through town for only a season. 

Maggie wants to cherish her last few months of summer freedom. So what if she has to keep a tiny secret to make sure everyone around her stays happy? 

Reid doesn’t have time for romance. His new business must succeed, no matter the cost. 

This summer everything is about to change. All those carefully laid plans might shift faster than the tides. When these four start spending time together, the island nights get hotter than the sun-drenched days. Trying to stay untangled and unattached is easier said than done when the one thing you want is standing right in front of you.

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TAFoster T.A. Foster is Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

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MKbridge2514Mary-Kathryn Craft spent her childhood summers vacationing on Harkers Island, North Carolina. There she fell in love with the Cape Lookout beaches and learned about the power of a good story from the island old-timers. With degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina, she now works in public relations in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, daughter, and shiba inu. Twitter Link:   

Written in the Sand is more than fifteen years in the making. Tucked away in boxes and buried deep on hard drives, pieces of Maggie and Blair’s story sat untouched for years before the authors rediscovered the work in progress. They knew it was time to revisit the island and give Maggie, Blair, Justyn, and Reid a summer to remember.

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As a person who spent magical summers on fire Island New York, the setting reminded me of that small town intimate beach feel but without all the partying and mayhem once the sun went down. I love the idea of Maggie and her friend house sitting ( in a huge, gorgeous house) and spending their last summer together before getting real jobs. It seemed very genuine and thoughtful. But as their boredom in the beach grew, unfortunately, so did mine.

While I liked and enjoyed the concept,  I thought the pacing was rather slow and since I'm not a fan of third person point of view, I found it extremely difficult to connect the characters. Having the four main characters present their point of views did help. I liked hearing from the boys in particular and I felt as though I was able to learn the characters insecurities and motives as they did. 
The romances were very sweet. In the beginning, I did not find Blair to be a particularly likable character, ( she tended to be stereotypically snobby and impatient) but she redeemed herself in the end with all the effort she put into her relationship with Justyn. Unfortunately,  Reid  and Maggie's relationship paled in comparison and I was much more interested in reading about Blair and Justyn.  

Overall, I found that this was a quick, easy read particularly suited for the beach. 

3.5 Stars
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