Posts tagged “book reviews

NOT a typical love story, but a great read!!

Posted on June 07, 2013


“Noah and Robin meet and fall deeply in love, but many things happen that prevents a “happy ever after” life together. Robin has a secret, and Noah is ruled by parents who have their own ideas of how his future should be. This is a wonderful tale that will hold your interest from start to finish. I could not put it down until I finished it. It also has a surprising ending, which explains some of the unusual things that happen in the book. The author has written a great story.”
Barbara Ashworth

“I for one will remember and recommend this book, starting with my husband.”

Posted on June 07, 2013

★★★★★  Sand Dollar

“To be able to understand true love and be able to write it; this Author has the prose and hook to draw everyone in as we all have a bit of romance in US. I for one will remember and recommend this book, starting with my husband.” — Lisa Foster

Remarkable Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on May 08, 2013

★★★★★  AWESOME!!!!!!

“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……’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

“This was the best book I have read in a long time.”

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

Touched my heart

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

“Sebastian Cole has written a beautiful story of love, loss and eternal happiness.”

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!”

“Never have I seen a man love a woman so much.”

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

Sand Dollar Book Review at Coffee Time Romance

Posted on March 30, 2013

“Noah Hartman is a man searching for a path in life that leads away from his rich, pampered existence as the only child of a wealthy family. Smothered by his loving, overprotective, Jewish parents, Noah longs for more. When he stumbles across a free spirited woman, Robin, he is stunned by the wide world of possibilities that opens before him.

Robin is searching for answers to questions that always seem to slip beyond her comprehension. She has a daughter to care for and more emotional baggage than she can lug around. When Noah appears in her life, she is immediately suspicious of something that looks far too good to be true.

Now eighty years old, Noah is looking back at his life with the clarity of age. Paths merge and split. Hearts are broken and mended. Still, he knows only one thing is an absolute truth. Love is the tie that binds, the glue that holds it all together, and the only thing you can take with you into forever.

A beautiful love story reminiscent of Mr. Sparks’ The Notebook, Sand Dollar plays upon the notion of the road not taken. Readers will be enchanted by the deep abiding love between two characters that seem peppered with insurmountable odds.”

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance

Review of Sand Dollar

Posted on March 11, 2013

“A great story of undying, constant, ever-going, everlasting love – that will always win out. Check it out.”
— E. Lizard Breath Speaks

“Great book for a romantic at heart.”

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

“Great love story, great life lessons”

Posted on March 07, 2013

★★★★★  Awesome

“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

Awesome book

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

Great Story

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

“It was one of those ‘Oh my God, that can’t possibly be’ types of moments.”

Posted on February 10, 2013

The Stuff of Success

★★★★★  “Many reviewers have compared Sand Dollar by Sebastian Cole to Nicholas Sparks. To be fair I want you to know that I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book nor have I seen a related movie. I don’t ordinarily read books that are classified as romance but I was interested in Sand Dollar due to its fantasy romance genre.

For the first half of the book it seemed more like a lost love type of story and although that is interesting, I wasn’t quite sure what the fantasy aspect was. As I continued to read though, that became increasingly clear. From the beginning it is clear that Noah is a great person with a great desire to love and be loved. I have never been in a position where the person I am destined to be with – my soulmate – is just not someone it is possible to be with. But the premise is quite heartbreaking and I found myself wanting so much more for Noah. Robin is his soulmate. That is clear but for some reason it just never seems to work out. The reason it doesn’t work out is eventually made clear and then my heart broke for the two of them and how they had so much stacked against them and their relationship.

The fantasy becomes evident toward the end of the book, and it was one of those “Oh my God, that can’t possibly be” types of moments. I read most of this book in one day/sitting. That wasn’t my intent but once I made it past the first half of the book I really just could not find the perfect time to put it aside for another day. Every chapter’s conclusion was not a conclusion at all – it left me hanging for the next and I just couldn’t step away. I give this story a five-star rating and would definitely read future novels by Sebastian Cole.” The Stuff of Success

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“I have read every Nicholas Sparks book and I can tell you, this is right up there with them!”

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

“What it means to never ever give up on the one you love!”

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

Nancy Narna’s Review of SAND DOLLAR at Amazon

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

SAND DOLLAR Book Review in Miss A

Posted on January 3, 2013

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenching

What a great way to start the year, with an amazing book review of SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love at an amazing website!! With over a million readers annually, Miss A is one of the largest and fastest growing online destinations for women.

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This story will keep you guessing…

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

“Get it, read it, love it! I know I did!”

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

Awesome Romance Novels

Posted on December 4, 2012

I’d like to thank Awesome Romance Novels for featuring SAND DOLLAR on their website.


“I hope there will someday be a movie”

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

Lisa’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

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.