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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Jeannette Garcia
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
Redfox5
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
Michelle
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
Ririn
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
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Zette
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
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
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Meghan
Feb 08, 2014 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Lisa Belcastro
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
Kamaliah
3 1/2 * for Landon n Landon only. Another 1/2 for the story. NO STARS for Sam!
Laura
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
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Dawn
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
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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
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Cathy Daniel
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.
Lydia
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
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Connie
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
Sabrina
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
Rina
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
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Kristina Smith
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
Mary
Sam and Landon have been life long friends. Only thing is Landon doesn't want it that way. He is in love with her. Sam has had a rough life. Her father dies. Her mother abandoned her. Her step father was cruel to her. She feels like everyone that says they love her leaves and never to return. She can't bear it.

She leaves Nantucket without telling anyone after a going away party for Landon. Landon confesses that he loves her. She is scared to death. She keeps hearing her step father say “Never fa
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Anna Todd
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.
Cookielover
Yeah, I cried. Another great fable about just how much God loves us.
Emilee
I really loved this book!
Laura
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
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Itsjustme-wendy
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
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Johanna
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.
The blurb goes like this:

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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Melissa
I enjoyed it. I hadn't realized when I picked the book up at the library that it was actually categorized as Christian fiction, so I had already started it by the time I happened to read it on the back by the upc code. There really isn't anything in the story itself that was blatantly religious; it was pretty much metaphorical, and so I was able to relax and enjoy the story.

While reading this, I found myself really empathising with Sam and how she tried to push everyone away. In fact, there wer
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Natalie
Great read! I read all 23 chapters in one night. Sam, the main character is a very sad, empty, angery woman. Through a series of terrible events she has become a damaged person who has strayed away from her once strong faith. Her father died and her mother abandoned her. When Sam graduated highschool her dreams came to a crippling halt when she unexpectantly become pregnant. Her abusive stepfather kicked her out. She ran away from Nantucket to Boston. An call from her island home telling her of ...more
Tiffany
I found this book sad, moving, compelling, romantic, depressing and hopeful all rolled into one.

Sam was happy as a child living in Nantucket with her mom and dad. Then her dad died. When her mom remarries Emmett who is abusive things get worse for Sam. Then when she was 13 her mom just leaves and leaves Sam behind with Emmett. Things continued to get worse. When Emmett gives Sam advice to never love anyone because they will leave she engraves it upon her heart believing it is true since that is
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Linnette
Amazing! I didn't want to put this book down. Denise did an incredible job keeping things real in this story.

Fear is one of our greatest enemies. It imprisons us in bars that only God can sever. Even for those who belong to God, we know we shouldn't allow our fears to reign and yet we struggle to fight against them. The God we trust, the God we should trust, the God we want to trust, we are afraid to trust in many circumstances. Even knowing this is a tool of the devil, we are so afraid to let
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Elizabeth
This was an interesting, well written book. I had a little bit of a hard time relating to the principle characters. She leans on her difficult childhood and he refuses to give up. I definitely liked him more than her.... The reveal of her child's father went a little too far in my opinion, I think it really stretched the idea of forgiveness too far.
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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)
  • The Convenient Groom (Nantucket, #2)
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