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Friday, January 4, 2019

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Pelican Point by Donna Kauffman- Feature and Review


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…with rugged Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on.

DIY is so much better with two...

Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!



Pelican Point (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #1)Pelican Point by Donna Kauffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pelican Point by Donna Kauffman is a 2013 Kensington publication.

Adorable small town romance!

Alex is still deeply mourning the loss of her father and coping with legal issues involving her business. With no one left in her life, she readily agrees to pack up and head to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where she has taken on the giant task of refurbishing a dilapidated lighthouse. But, once she arrives, she has a fainting spell, which puts her ability to handle the job in question. However, her biggest obstacle is the local town sheriff, Logan McRae.

Logan inherited the Pelican Point lighthouse, which also came with some land and buildings, including the house he lives in. The trust money hasn’t been invested properly and so if he does put money into a restoration, his living quarters will get top priority. However, his meddling grandfather hired Alex without telling him. Now Logan has the unpleasant task of firing her, which he wastes no time in doing.

But before Alex can get leave town, Logan is cornered into allowing her to stay and at least put together an estimate for him. He’s not overjoyed about those developments, but allows Alex one week to get the job done. This gives Alex a narrow window of opportunity to prove to Logan she is up for the job, but she is determined to pull it off. However, it also makes time for the sizzling chemistry between the couple to flare into a full -blown flame!

I’ve read novels by Donna Kauffman over the years, but until just recently, I had lost track of her. After reading one of her latest releases, I wondered if I might have any of her other books lurking around on my Kindle. I had two of her books on my device, as it turns out, but since this was a ‘first in a series’ novel I picked it first.

I love lighthouses. They are so fascinating. A Simple concept in some ways, but what they represent is part of what makes them so special. So, of course, this book already had a plus mark in one column before I even started reading it. However, the story, which is built-up around the lighthouse restoration, checked all the other boxes in the plus column, as well.

The dialogue in this one is especially crisp. Alex and Logan exchange some lightening fast banter, some with a lot of sexual heat and some with a lot of emotional push and pull. The secondary characters were a hoot, and Logan really had his work cut out for him, once Alex barged into his life. Watching him squirm was highly entertaining.

The small -town atmosphere was delightful and charming, if a bit quirky. There are some poignant moments and emotional situations, due to the painful pasts both Alex and Logan need to make peace with. But, those moments are offset by plenty of humorous situations, some which make me chuckle.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in the ‘Bachelors of Blueberry Cove’ series. I think I will hunt down the other installments in the series and work my way through them in the coming year.

I’m so glad I re-discovered this author and am looking forward to reading through her older titles and hope to see another new release coming in the near future.





USA Today bestseller and award winning author of the Cupcake Club series and the Blueberry Cove series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia, where she is happily working on the next book in her brand new Blue Hollow Falls series, set right in her mountain home area. When she's not writing, she can be found recapping the popular tv show NCIS for USA Today, or escaping into her garden to play in the dirt. Donna also works as a volunteer wildlife transporter for two local sanctuaries, giving orphaned and injured wildlife a second chance at survival. You can catch up on all of her adventures via her author page on Facebook, or on Twitter, or Instagram @writerchick. Donna loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.

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