Posted on May 08, 2013
“OMG….I just read Sand Dollar……i was blown away……i love it……….and i just had to let you know…….i read about 12 books a week……..it’s my favorite past-time…….and the cover caught my eye…….i loved that too……i love love stories…..i read almost all the harlequin books each month………the story of noah and robin had me from the prologue..Sand Dollar is now one of my all-time favorite books……….i will read and reread it many more times over the years…….as i do ………ACCIDENT AND SISTERS….BY DANIELLE STEEL ……THE SWITCH BY…..SANDRA BROWN……..AND A SUMMER I DARED BY BARBARA DELINSKY….AND NOW I CAN ADD THE SAND DOLLAR…thank you for a beautiful story…….hoping there will be many many more in the future……” – Elizabeth Ruggiero-Miele
Posted on April 20, 2013
★★★★★ Sand Dollar
“This was the best book I have read in a long time. Each turn of the page brought some new twist or turn you never new which direction the book was going to take you. Love love loved it.” – Lois McGinty
Posted on April 14, 2013
“Sebastian Cole’s love story touches every nerve and memory as he recounts the challenges, exhilarations and disappointments of love. At first, I thought I had it all figured out, but Cole takes you on his tormented twists and turns with exceptional dialogue, imagery and honesty. It is so insightful to read a story like this from a man’s point of view. Screenplay worthy for sure.” – D. Lupo
Posted on April 08, 2013
★★★★★ Sebastian Cole has arrived!
“Sebastian Cole has written a beautiful story of love, loss and eternal happiness. As a hopeless romantic I found myself immersed in Noah and Robin’s lives. I truly believe in love at first sight, so it was easy for me to get caught up in their journey. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I hurt right along with them. Mr. Cole makes you feel the pain of loving someone so much and the agonizing loss of that love never knowing if you will ever find it again. I loved the weaving of their lives, two people from different sides of the tracks coming together as one despite all the obstacles. This novel is a testament to true love and it shows us that no matter who we are or where we come from love knows no boundaries. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it. Summer is coming, pick up a copy!”
“Being an avid Nicholas Sparks fan, I’m very particular about my romance novels, but Sebastian Cole did not disappoint!!”
Posted on April 07, 2013
★★★★★ GREAT READ
“I won this book! It’s really wonderful. I’ll cherish my copy and recommend it to my friends. Being an avid Nicholas Sparks fan, I’m very particular about my romance novels but Sebastian Cole did not disappoint!! It took me too long to read this book. Between a million things I had to do, I always found a time to read just a little bit until I finished. Then I re-read the whole thing! “ – iclimbedatreetoseetheworld
Posted on April 02, 2013
★★★★★ Wonderful book
“This was the best book I have read in a long time. Suppose you could call it a chick book. It is made for anyone who has been in love. Never have I seen a man love a woman so much.” – Jean Bracco
Posted on March 07, 2013
★★★★★ Beautiful love story
“Just a gorgeous, fun & loving – love story. So good. I read it in a day – no power around the home – so it was great time to settle in & read away. Great book for a romantic at heart. I’ve always wanted to be an owner of a lighthouse. No matter what you have in life (money, possessions, no money, broke) – love will always win. Don’t forget your tissues. Romance story. Do check it out.” – Beth
Posted on March 07, 2013
“I read this book in two days, I really enjoyed it, great love story, great life lessons, great loss, very happy to have this in my library. Thank you Mr. Cole.”
– C. Cooper
Posted on February 10, 2013
“I loved this book. A very sweet love story that is hard to put down. The author writes very similar to Nicholas Sparks.” – Cindy Morse
Posted on February 10, 2013
“I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. It keeps you interested the entire time. It is more than what I expected.” – Ireca
Posted on January 26, 2013
★★★★★ Amazing love story
“Sebastian Cole did a wonderful job of capturing the joys and heartaches of being in love in this novel. He delves into the emotions of each character so very well…I read it one day, because the story just flowed and I could not wait to see what would happen next! I think every person can relate in some way to this book; the role family dynamics play out in our lives, versus our own belief systems… just a terrific love story! I have read every Nicholas Sparks book and I can tell you, this is right up there with them! I look forward to reading his future books!” — Lori
Posted on January 13, 2013
★★★★★ A great book for anyone!
“Sebastian Cole, I could not put this book down from the moment I started! Sand Dollar is a story that will touch anyone’s heart. A story about true love, and the measures one is willing to take to save it! With an insight of what it is like to love one with an imbalance, and what it means to never ever give up on the one you love! Sebastian Cole has an “easy-reading” style of writing. I was engaged in the story the whole way through! I look forward to reading the next novel by Sebastian Cole! Well Done!!” – Jill
Posted on January 12, 2013
★★★★★ Romance, Remembrances and Revelations
“Sebastian Cole certainly has poured his heart and soul into this, his first title. We are introduced to hard-working but lonely, Noah Hartman, who has everything he could ever desire and then some–with the exception of a soulmate. He’s sure she’s out there somewhere and, in desperation, even resorts to online dating sites to find the girl of his dreams. After he suffers several disappointments, and has all but given up his quest, he accepts his brother’s invitation for a guy’s night out. Little did Noah know that this night would change his life forever, for up on the crowded dance floor was a flame-haired, spirited beauty named Robin. He knew at first glance that she was “The One” and as soon as she danced with him, she felt the connection as well.
She took his breath away and captured his heart and gave each other “Butterflies”. Robin shows how alive and wonderful life can be, much to the dismay of his parents who were hoping he would get his mind back on the business at Hartman Industries, forget this Robin foolishness and meet and settle down with a nice Jewish girl. However, this wasn’t to be, as Noah and Robin marry and settle in Noah’s house with Robin’s Daughter, Brittany, of whom Noah has become very fond. All seems dream-like and grand, until, without any rhyme, reason, or warning, Robin leaves him. Melancholy and heartsick, Noah tries to understand why she has left him. What has he done wrong? Many twists, turns, an unfortunate choice of action and ultimately a diagnosis keep them apart physically, but not within Noah’s heart. Will they be apart forever? Will Robin remember she loves him? What part does the Sand Dollar play in all of their drama? You’ll be agitated, in need of tissues, warmed by the presence and love of Josh, irritated, and ready to shake some sense into both Noah and Robin, as well as feel disgust at the cold, detached demeanor of Noah’s Parents. Author Cole has created characters that stir your mind and pluck your heartstrings, as you feel you have known them forever. Bravo to Mr. Cole on such an outstanding first work. I’m hoping we’ll hear a lot more in the near future. If someone doesn’t grab this tale to be made into a movie, they’re foolish–and, if you don’t add this to your TBR list, well…all I can say is you’ve really missed the boat!” – Nancy Narna
Posted on January 6, 2013
“I received a complimentary copy of Sand Dollar for read and review, but this did not affect my review.
I first wish to thank Mr. Cole for the opportunity to read this book. I feel privileged to even have the honor of sharing my thoughts on such a fantastic and masterful creation. I will not do what I normally do which is re-summarize the entire story, no…this is a story that you must read yourself. Then and only then will you have the incredible journey that Mr. Cole takes the reader on. I really do not have enough words in my arsenal to say how lovely, heart wrenchingly beautiful this book was, I am a sucker for romance, and moreso for the undying love element.
The pain, frustration and acceptance that the main character Noah experienced by loving Robin is I do not know…. soul wrenching….
But his perseverance was incredible, and how lucky and sad, I see the tragic figure Robin as, to have and not recognize, what many do not have, someone to love them wholeheartedly, undeserved and unconditionally…
Mr. Cole’s work is exceptional, well written and beautiful, to compare him to Nicholas Sparks is accurate, but I feel that Mr. Cole is and will continue to blaze his own path and leave his own mark as a writer.” — Michelle C. Jordan
Posted on December 29, 2012
“SAND DOLLAR is a wonderfully written story that managed to evoke a range of emotions as I read it. When reading I like to get emotionally connected through a story’s characters and events. By giving me the ability to make those connections, This book provided the escape I anticipate and expect from a really good book.
Sebastian Cole does a remarkably skillful job of developing the main characters of Noah and Robin. They are multidimensional, which I deem an essential component to any great story. The characters in general, are believable as the author reveals idiosyncrasies and flaws that are reasonable and realistic. I also think he captures the essence of what most readers would characterize as the idealized male-female “love” relationship. Something every great romance novel must have.
The messages that are intertwined throughout the book are both meaningful and important. Living a “true” life, feeling life as we experience it, facing and overcoming hardships (both in and out of our control…as well as others) are all personal issues readers know about intimately and deal with and contemplate continually, and this allows the reader to really connect to this work. I liked the writing technique the author incorporated which floats the story in and out of the past. Some authors have difficulty using it without disrupting the story’s flow. Mr. Cole’s writing style made those parts easy to follow. By using that approach in his writing, he added interest and forced me to consciously make connections and think ahead as I read. I also found the story itself to be fluid with a healthy dose of believable twists and just the right amount of fantasy to keep me engaged.
Although this book is labeled as a “romantic fantasy,” I am sure many readers will be able to make personal connections to the storyline. I’ll close by saying I originally looked into purchasing this book because I was made aware of a local connection and had no idea of the premise of the story. Now that I have read it I can say I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the writing and some of the “enlightening” information I gained by reading it. Pick up SAND DOLLAR. It’s a book that I had a hard time putting down. It is sure to hold your attention and keep you guessing as you read. Be sure to keep the Kleenex handy… and get ready for some big surprises.” — Lisa Ann
Posted on December 10, 2012
★★★★★ An Absolute Must Read! AMAZING LOVE STORY!
“This book is absolutely amazing. The best love story I think I have read in a long time. You will cry like a baby, I know that I did. This story is so incredibly well written, you will find yourself immersed in this one. The characters are so true to life, I felt like I was right beside them. This is truly a love story you will remember for years to come. I can’t wait to read more from Sebastian in the future. We all have a soul mate, I was lucky enough to find mine after many years of us going back and forth. To the real life Noah, never give up on your one true love. Please, please, please people , read this book, it is an extraordinary story of undying love. This is a read you can not miss out on. Get it, read it, love it! I know I did! AMAZING! THANK YOU TO SEBASTIAN COLE! I look forward to the next one. ABSOLUTELY COMPELLING!” — Deb B
Posted on December 10, 2012
★★★★★ Recommend this book for any Nicholas Sparks fan! Great love story! Get tissues!
“I just finished reading sand dollar! All I have to say is wow and I need a box of tissues! This book is amazing! I love Noah! I was so happy to see that he stood his ground and did what he wanted to do instead of listening to his parents! I did feel bad for Sarah but it wouldn’t have worked out anyways because of the love for Robin! I so can’t wait until another book comes out by Sebastian Cole! Definitely give this book five sand dollars!” — Marie Levie
Posted on December 10, 2012
★★★★★ Great book for the romantic
“Mr Cole wrote a lovely sad bittersweet love story that you will not want to put down!!!! For anyone who has been in love with their forever soul mate. You cannot go wrong with this story.” — Lisa
Posted on December 10, 2012
★★★★★ Excellent Book!!
“Very very nice Mr. Sebastian Cole……looking forward to reading your next book. I loved your writing and the feelings you evoked in me while reading your book.” — Nadine
Posted on November 28, 2012
“I finally finished reading, “Sand Dollar”, and I really enjoyed it! There were so many unexpected turns in this story, and as I approached the end of the book, I found myself planning to read the book again from the beginning. There are revelations in in the later chapters which give a deeper meaning and understanding to it’s earlier chapters.
Although I’m familiar with many different psychological disorders, I had very little knowledge or understanding of ***** before reading this book. This book will be a huge encouragement, not only for those who suffer with the disorder, but also for friends and family members.
“I Will Be Here,” by Steven Curtis Chapman, is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, and I’m so glad it was used as the theme song of this story. I hope there will some day be a movie, and that this will be the theme song! Sadly, I have only heard this song at Christian weddings, and I find it unfortunate that it has not become very well known in secular realms. I hope that this book will bring it to a new level of popularity. This concept of steadfast love, in the face of hardship, is a relatively unknown mindset in our self-centered world. This book is a great lesson in how to be steadfast in the face of adversity.
I especially loved the author’s notes at the end of the book. It made the book feel much more real to me. I found it difficult at first to related to such a perfect fairytale ending, but it was very easy for me to relate to Noah’s hopes and dreams for a fairytale ending. I also loved how the author made God such a constant and attainable companion to Noah. God was faithful, despite Noah’s lack of faith, and this is a beautiful revelation of how God desires relationship with each of us.
Although most readers will probably not agree with me, I absolutely LOVE Noah’s mom, Miriam!! She’s got tons of character flaws, but that’s what made her so genuine. Great character development there. I think, of all the characters in the book, she was the most real to me. I could really picture her, hear her voice.
I also loved how the author put his acknowledgements at the end of the book. So many writers put them at the beginning, but it’s usually only after reading a book that we are interested in hearing more about who it was that made such significant contributions to the author’s life and project. The artwork on both the front cover and the back is absolutely gorgeous, and it was THE selling feature that first hooked me. From there, the writing was all that the cover promised it to be. I look forward to reading more from Sebastian Cole.” — Marjorie Savoie
Posted on September 16, 2012
★★★★★ Great read!
“Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love will make even the hardest hearts melt and believe in love once again. This is a fabulous read for men and women alike. One of the best books I have read in a long time!” — Lisa H.
Posted on November 14, 2012
★★★★★ Sand Dollar
“The Sand Dollar was the 1st book in many years that I finished from start to finish. It kept me intrigued until the very last page!! The book was very well written and so heartfelt. I experienced a range of emotions from crying to laughing. My only disappointment is that I finished the book and can longer be intertwined within Robin and Noah’s love story I am looking forward to Sebastian’s next masterpiece! I definitely recommend this book to all the romantics out there!!!”
Posted on November 13, 2012
“I think I have a new favorite book. I absolutely loved this book. I just finished it today and thought that it was amazing. I was at my Mom’s house reading the final chapters and crying, then I handed it to her and said, “You’ve got to read this!” She said she wasn’t sure as she had seen me crying. I told her that it is indeed a beautiful love story and it did have a fantastic ending. I don’t even usually like romance novels but I loved this one. My favorite part was when the protagonist, Noah, said to his brother, and I’m paraphrasing here, even though my life may be over, my love will never end. It is especially reassuring to read this today on Veteran’s Day as I’m missing my eternal hero, my dad. I believe that even though I didn’t get to see him and thank him for his service to our country this morning, that he still knows what is in my heart and mind and that he does indeed still continue to love me as much as I still love him. Thank you, Mr. Cole, for an incredible novel that moved me to tears in a very personal way. I will most definitely read this novel again, as I often do with my favorites, and recommend it to my friends. Congratulations on a superb book!” – Donna
Posted on November 13, 2012
★★★★★ A Must Read For Every Romantic!
“This is the story of Noah Hartman’s life and it begins with him narrating the story with him and how he found the love of his life Robin. He finally found Robin after searching and searching for Mrs. Right! They begin dating and of course his well to do parents do not agree as she is not what “they” want, she isnt well to do, she isnt jewish, she isnt right for their son etc. They are some of the worst parents esp. the mom they control every aspect of Noah’s life and u really want to just slap them. Even though they dont agree Noah dates Robin and is going to marry her. Without giving too much away the marriage doesnt happen and Noah is torn up more than u can ever imagine. Years and years go by and Noah finds another woman Sarah and knows she will never replace Robin but things happen and they decide to wed but guess who shows up on the wedding day? Oh well that is it you will have to read the book! It’s a great book and you wont be sorry you bought it. I won this book and Mr. Cole was so gracious he autographed it and wrote a note in it! I am going to give back by buying another copy for a Christmas gift! It was one of the greatest love stories ever told! I hope to see it in the movies bc i will definitely go see it! I give it 5 Sand dollars, i mean stars! Can’t wait for Mr. Cole’s 2nd novel! Way to go! I will recommend this to all my friends and family!” – Riau74