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Tour & #Giveaway: Sea Glass and Fireflies by Kate Ellington

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Elsie Hayward moves into her uncle's seaside estate on what should have been her wedding day. All she wants is peace and quiet, and to escape the guilt that's haunted her since her betrothed was lost at sea. Any hope of tranquility is dashed, however, when Charles Rockingham arrives in town. A lifetime ago they'd been best friends and almost more. If there's one person she can't hide her feelings from, it's him. Charles hasn't received a letter from Elsie in over a year. He returns home hoping to recapture the deep bond they once shared, but shadows of the past stand between them. One last secret must be revealed before they can find their way back to each other.

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Invigorated by the stirring wind, Elsie ran through the garden to the beach. It was her favorite kind of weather.


When her feet touched the sand she let out a happy sigh. After walking for a few minutes, she reached a driftwood log as big as a tree, its roots and branches removed or washed away years ago. With the tide as high as it was now, the log was close to the shoreline. She sat down in the sand and rested her back against the cold wood, facing the sea. The full moon reflected on the dark, undulating waves.


In the distance, the foghorn sounded. It was mournful yet held the sound of safety for those ships out on the water. She closed her eyes and listened to the gathering wind. Soon there came a new sound: rocks crunching under light steps. She didn’t have to turn to know it was Charles.


He sat on the log, his knee almost touching her shoulder. “What are you doing out here, Elsie? A storm is coming.”


“This has always been my favorite time on the beach,” she said, craning her neck to look up at him.


“I know, and I’ve told you since we were children it isn’t safe.”


“We’ll go in before the storm really hits.” She turned her face into the wind.


“Are you ready to talk now about why you ran away?” Charles sounded like he was awaiting a confession.


She traced patterns in the sand with her fingers. “I wasn’t running away.”

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

SEA GLASS AND FIREFLIES is an emotional second-chance historical romance.

Elsie and Charles were childhood friends, on the brink of something more, when Charles left, promising to write frequently. This dwindled off and Elsie was courted by Gabriel, also a friend to them both. The story starts on what should have been Elsie and Gabriel's wedding day, as she prepares to live with her uncle for a while, to try and work through her complicated emotions over the loss of Gabriel at sea. Once there, she reconnects with Charles, but is she reading too much into it?

This was a page-turner that kept me gripped from the very beginning. As a reader, you can feel Elsie's emotions and all the confusion she is working through. I do wish I'd have had some from Charles' side, but that made the ending all the more satisfactory.

Well-written, with lovely descriptions throughout, and with a smooth pace, this book was a delight to read. It is the first by this author I have read, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book; the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Kate Ellington grew up in a woodsy New England town where summer days at the lake seemed to last forever. She read her first historical romance at age eleven when a teacher challenged her to find a book in the library written by an author she’d never heard of. Thus began a life-long love of love stories.

After graduating from college with an art degree she settled in the Pacific Northwest, where she currently resides with her family.

Kate wrote her first romance when she was sixteen, then set her pen down for years until another story floated into her head out of the clear blue sky. She jotted it down, just for fun, but soon it took on a life of its own.




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Mike Law
Mike Law
30 de abr.

This looks like a great novel. Thanks for sharing.


30 de abr.

Looks good. Thank you for the excerpt & your review! :)

Nina Lewis


29 de abr.

I love the cover and the excerpt.


This story sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.


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