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Surrender Bay (Nantucket #1)

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On the beautiful island of Nantucket, salt and roses scent the air, waves sparkle over hidden currents, and a storm-tossed soul seeks safe harbor.

When Samantha Owen's estranged stepfather dies, she inherits his cottage in Nantucket--a place she left years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Sam can't afford to pass up on a financial windfall like ocean-front pr
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2007 by Thomas Nelson
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Jeannette Garcia
Mar 22, 2013 Jeannette Garcia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. While I was reading this story, I had to double check that this author was a Christian author. At first, I was a little thrown off by the lack of God references, but it was then that a friend told me the significance behind the story. That's when it all came together for me. I totally see the symbolism behind this story. Time and time again people will turn away from the love of God because of their tainted past. But the beauty of this allegorical story is that God is u ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Redfox5 rated it it was ok
This book was okay but I found Samantha really really annoying. I know she had a bad childhood but after listening to her fight with herself in her head over and over again, I just wanted to tell her to man up and go out with Landon. He should have given up on her long ago. Way to much baggage there, plus you can't date someone who's been with a member of your family. ew. At the end in the reading group questions it mentions God alot, apprently the story is actually about your relationship with ...more
I love a romance with deep emotion, a bit of angst, and plenty of romantic tension. Well this story packs a powerful punch in all three areas. It's an allegory and one of the coolest examples I've ever read. There are many, many women in this world who are just like Samantha, and there are many people in this world who are running from Christ as well. If He only knew what my heart was really like, they think, then there is no way He could love me. Wrong. And this story so beautifully illustrates ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Ririn rated it it was ok
Shelves: gr-my-14
2.5 stars

I have read two books from Ms Hunter previously and I found that I loved them so much to the point that I recommended them to others. So, I'm starting this series with this particular book with the expectation that it will at least be on par with the two others.

But, it turned out it was far from what I expected. I found myself disliking the heroin more and more, especially towards the end. We know she had a bad childhood, been abandoned by her mother and abused by her stepfather. Being
Dec 13, 2010 Zette rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this story of love and forgiveness very much and I'm going to start #2 in the series today. I was a little concerned though because this is in the Christian Romance category but there is absolutely no mention of God. I kept expecting to find a conversion moment in the book and was surprised when I got to the end without finding one. About 3/4 of the way through, I did begin to connect that the author was trying to help us visualize how God's love is for us. ...more
Nancy Kimball
Jun 03, 2012 Nancy Kimball rated it really liked it
My first Denise Hunter novel and I enjoyed it. There is a Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers flavor to the story and I thoroughly enjoyed the heartbreak and journey toward healing for the hero and heroine.
There is something about best friends as kids who life separates and the beauty of God using circumstances to bring them back together. The hardest things to see are the ones that have been there all along.

My absolute two favorite moments are early in the novel, when young Samantha is pulling we
Feb 08, 2014 MLOW rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Some of the other reviews have implied this book wasn't Christian because it doesn't talk about God's love and doesn't share the gospel. I couldn't disagree more.

The story was achingly beautiful. The heroine's pain was tangible and flowed off the page, which sometimes made it hard to read but it also made the contrast of the hero's Christ-like love all the more poignant and beautiful.

Not every Christian book has to be evangelistic in a nature and share the gospel. Some books can simply challen
Lisa Belcastro
Jan 06, 2014 Lisa Belcastro rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Denise Hunter's books. Her love stories always draw me in and invite me to discover new places and new characters. Surrender Bay did not disappoint. Sam and Landon's story tugged at my heart, and kept hoping Sam would be able to release the past and move forward. Denise did a great job of keeping the tension high, but scattering enough tender moments and vistas of Nantucket to give my heart moments of peace will Sam continued to push Landon away. A warm read during this chilly ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Kamaliah rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
3 1/2 * for Landon n Landon only. Another 1/2 for the story. NO STARS for Sam!
Jul 17, 2015 JoAnn rated it liked it
This is the first book of Denise Hunter's that I wasn't overly thrilled about. The writing was good, but the main character, Sam, I just didn't like her. I guess she was supposed to be dealing with a lot of fear, but she was just mean and selfish the whole book through. And then Landon just kept coming back for more abuse. Then in the end it all ended so abruptly. Again, not one of my favorite books. But I only read it because I want to read the next book in the series, so I'm glad it's done. Ho ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
This past weekend, we were in my husband's hometown, and my mother in law was telling me how she liked Denise Hunter's books. She offered to loan me a couple, and I accepted, knowing it would be good to have something to read on the way home. When I saw the title of this one, I laughed to myself at how cheesy it sounded. I know she really enjoys her Christian romance stories, but this seemed way too sappy for me.

And okay, a lot of it is hokey, but it wasn't as nearly as bad as I thought. In fac
Jul 18, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Denise Hunter's books are blowing me away one book at a time. First I read A Convenient Groom years ago. I loved it, but I have always been more into historical fiction, so regrettably, I did not look the rest of her books up.

Regrettably, being the key word.

Surrender Bay took me a while to finish... which was the first clue that I loved it. I had to put it down just to dwell on what the characters were going through. Such turmoil! Such conflictions! Such love! And such an ending!

Oh yeah, I forgo
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
At the end of A Cowboy's Touch, there was an excerpt from Surrender Bay and it sounded good, so I checked my library and found it. I liked it, but I don't think it quite lived up to the compelling first chapter I read.

Sam left Nantucket under difficult circumstances and finds that returning to her hometown isn't easy after 11 years away. Her childhood best friend and first, unrequited love, still lives in Nantucket and he still loves Sam. She's a woman of secrets that we know will finally come o
Cathy Daniel
Oct 07, 2014 Cathy Daniel rated it liked it
More like 3 1/2. Samantha was just SO broken and selfish for too long. I actually thought Landon's friend was right about Samantha yet he was made out like a bad guy in the end. If Landon was a real person that I knew I would encourage him to leave that dysfunctional relationship and let her HEAL first. :/ not my favorite.
Jan 15, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I love Denise Hunter's books. This one was definitely no different. I loved the concept and Landon's constant love and perseverance. The characters were great. The emotions were pretty convincing and the message was good.

The only part of this that I wasn't satisfied with was the ending. Sure, it was a happy ending. I just felt that there were a lot of threads left lose at the end and some major problems that the characters had faced that were overlooked. While the ending was happy, there wasn't
Feb 10, 2012 Connie rated it liked it
It seems to me that the female characters in this book and Denise's book "Seaside Letters" thought it was okay when you were down and feeling really bad to get drunk and sleep with guys. Whoa! So the main character guys were upstanding great guys with good morals, but their female counterparts weren't? Hummm. I absolutely loved the first two books I read of Denise's, "A Cowboys Touch" and "The Convenient Groom". It seemed like I was reading a totally different writer with the clean content in th ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Alyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of this author but this book just didn't capture me like her other books. I found myself overly annoyed at the heroine and her reluctance to move forward. I'm all for tension in a relationships and for obstacles that have to be surmounted but it took too long. . I ended up skipping ahead to see what happened because I was getting frustrated with Samantha!

Here are some random thoughts I've had about romance books in general.
Part of what makes them so fun to read is the tension bet
May 19, 2014 Sabrina rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-reads
I want to love it since it's Denise Hunter, but I don't. There are some major flaws. For one, the whole thing is incredibly unrealistic. Now I get that most chick lit novels aren't realistic, but this wasn't even good unrealistic. For one, Landon was basically perfect and Sam was incredibly flawed. It didn't make me like Landon that he was so perfect and Sam, compared to him, was so blatantly a jerk, which may be true, but all the same it just didn't do anything. Then, Caden is acts nothing like ...more
I’ve read the other books in this series and finally got a chance to read the first book. You don’t have to read them in order as the characters don’t overlap. Just the setting, Nantucket island, is the same.

For a good part of the book I was wondering if the author had decided to branch out into non-Christian fiction. The characters didn’t have active faiths if they had one at all, there was no mention of church or praying or anything you usually expect.

Nearing the end I realized that she was gi
Allison Winchester bean
Nice beach read
Kristina Smith
Mar 18, 2014 Kristina Smith rated it really liked it
This is an unusual love story, in that, for once, it is the HERO who is pining for the HEROINE, and that makes this interesting. Samantha and Landon were childhood friends. They went everywhere, did every thing together, even though Landon grew up in a "perfect" family and Sam's mom left her at the tender age of 12 to the mercies of a stepfather who didn't want her and let her know at every turn that she was unwanted and unlovable. The only stable, steady influences in her life were an elderly n ...more
Anna Todd
Jan 14, 2012 Anna Todd rated it it was amazing
This is a book I could hardly put down once I began reading it. For this to be a fictional story, I found it to be quite substantive. I am really looking forward to reading more of the Nantucket Love Stories.
Tiffany Hair
May 03, 2016 Tiffany Hair rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Write a sequel
I've read this book a good 4 times. This actually describes half of my life and is continuing to show everything I will do. I am absolutely in love with it and the end is beautiful. I do wish though that Mrs. Denise Hunter would write a second about the life of Caden growing up or maybe a sequel of what happens after Sam marries Landon. Does she have kids? Is she happy? Will or does her appear later on in her life? It is all a mystery and I would really love to know what she thinks would happen. ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Amazing story with so many layers! At first it appears as if it will be just another romance story but this one is different. Sam has been dealt so many hardships that she has lost hope and trust in everyone and the devil uses this to his advantage to make her think she isn't worthy and to put hateful messages into to her subconscious. Sam has buried many hurts in her life and kept them locked away in order to not feel anything. When she returns to her childhood home she is forced to come to ter ...more
I'm glad I saw the comment that pointed out this story is all about symbolism. I don't think I would have finished it otherwise. And I probably would have only rated it a 2. As far as the story goes, I didn't like it. But the symbolism of God's unconditional love was well done, I thought. So I gave it a 3.

I don't get the mentality of, "I just need a break--ooh, look...alcohol!!" I mean, I suppose that makes sense in a way, but it seems like it causes more pain than relaxation. And I just get mo
Yeah, I cried. Another great fable about just how much God loves us.
Aug 15, 2012 Emilee rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book!
Feb 28, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
I started reading this book late in the evening and stayed up until after midnight to finish reading it. Somehow it just pulled me in and kept me reading all the way to the end.

Samantha, Sam, is a tortured soul. She thinks that anyone she loves is going to leave her. Mostly because they all have. She has done some things in her life that she feels keep her from deserving love.

Landon has always loved Sam. They were best friends most all of their lives. He finally admitted his true feelings for he
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jul 11, 2012 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I just loved this book! Denise Hunter has found a fan in me! This is only the second book by Denise I have read, the first being - "The Convenient Groom" which I also loved. See my review HERE.
You know the feeling you get when you start reading a book and you just know... you know you are going to love it within the first chapter? You start reading, you settle into a comfy chair and get settled into the book and you know you are in it for the duration of the night. This is one of
Jun 27, 2013 Johanna rated it really liked it
Denise Hunter’s novel Surrender Bay is a touching story about childhood sweethearts, Samantha and Landon, who are separated by distance and secrets that have the potential of keeping them apart for ever.
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Samantha Owens’ estranged stepfather has died, leaving her his cottage in Nantucket- a place she fled years ago, never planning to return. As a single mum, Samantha can’t afford to pass up a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 20 novels, including Dancing with Fireflies and Convenient Groom.

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element,
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Nantucket (4 books)
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