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Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

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Noah Hartman has it all, or so it seems. Groomed since childhood to inherit the family fortune and business empire, the effect of living the life set down for him by controlling parents has left Noah out of touch with his inner self. Enter Robin, who -- in direct contrast to Noah -- is a vivacious, free spirit with no material possessions to speak of. Robin's lo
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sebastian Cole LLC (first published April 19th 2012)
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Theresa
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Goodreads First Reads
I won Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First/Reads. I loved this book- Pulls at the heart strings! Sebastian Cole not only has one or two twists and turns waiting for you toward the end but many. The writing is fantastic~ and this book makes you think. Sand Dollar is my second favorite read for 2012. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on this one~ I enjoyed Sand Dollar and you will also. I look forward to reading more from this author. T ...more
Sebastian Cole
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"SAND DOLLAR is one of those rare books that makes you feel, laugh and cry all at the same time. This smashing debut by Sebastian Cole reads like the best of Nicholas Sparks with just enough schmaltz. Moving and emotive, it's every bit THE NOTEBOOK done up for summer." – Jon Land, bestselling author of STRONG AT THE BREAK

“SAND DOLLAR is a strong pick for general fiction and romance collections, highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

“So to the hopeless romantics out there I say, Highly Recomm
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Andreia Silva
Noah é descendente de uma familia poderosa judia que faz questão que ele siga os passos da familia em termos profissionais e claro, em termos pessoas, casando com alguém da mesma religião. Só que, obivamente, a pessoa por quem se apaixona perdidamente não o é. Robin e Noah vivem uma história de amor, recordada por Noah, numa cama de hospital, já em idoso.

Começando por algo que me saltou à vista logo pela contracapa. É coincidência este livro ser comparado ao "Diário da Nossa Paixão" e o personag
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Margarida
Só tenho uma palavra para resumir este livro: Lamechas! Não me interpretem mal - eu adoro livros românticos -, mas esta coisa do amor instantâneo não me convence. E nem consigo decidir qual a personagem pior, se a inconstante Robin, se o obsessivo Noah - nem sei quantas vezes revirei os olhos a ler este livro. E já para não falar da alternância e rapidez da narrativa que conseguiu diminuir ainda mais o meu prazer pela leitura.

Para o Noah (troquem woman por man :P):
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Sónia
Francamente mau!

Deveria pontuar ainda menos porque não há paciência para um homem com uma auto-comiseração daquelas. É um autêntico banana! Além do mais consegui fazer o sacrifício de ler o livro até ao fim.

Há por aí obras óptimas. Não percam tempo com isto. Acho que até deve haver novelas mexicanas bem melhores que isto...
Maria Lavrador
Uma história que não me prendeu de maneira nenhuma... principalmente a personagem feminina considerei irritante. Ok, tinha uma doença mas apenas com as memórias da pessoas que mais amava? E as outras pessoas que passavam pela vida ela, conseguia estar ao lado delas anos a fio? Não me convenceu...
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Reviewed on: http://readyourwrites.blogspot.com

When you go to Sebastian Cole’s website (sebastiancoleauthor.com), you see this quote, “Looking for the next great love story? Well, you’ve found it!” This is definitely true.

There are very few books which will touch the very depths of your soul. This is truly one of those books.

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is a novel of love, loss, second chances, and redemption. It will make you angry. It will make you cry.

Sand Dollar is the story of Noa
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Sandra


MELAÇO

É a primeira coisa que me vem à cabeça quando penso neste livro. Doce e peganhento até enjoar.

Além disso tive vários problemas com esta leitura:

* Quebras na narrativa. Ora está a falar uma personagem, ora fala outra sobre assuntos e em momentos diferentes. Escusado será dizer que é preciso alguma concentração a ler isto.

* Amor instantâneo. Abre-se o pacote. Junta-se água (é tão fraquinho que nem leva leite). Leva-se ao forno. Pronto.

* Personagem masculina principal completamente irrealist
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Andrea Strickland
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was so very disappointed in Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. To me, it seemed like the author took Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook" and changed a few of the details and ran with it. The main character's name was even Noah!!!

The storyline was sweet, but the characters felt totally flat. The entire plot was predictable, boring, and exhausting. I've never read a novel in which the hero was a codependent wuss and the heroine was a mental case. Much of the novel just didn't make sense and didn'
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Mafi
"Sinceramente o que gostei mais foi a descoberta da patologia da Robin que foi algo que eu nunca tinha ouvido falar e é um pouco assustador ver como uma doença consegue realmente estragar a vida de uma pessoa e de todas as que lhe rodeiam. Não achei o romance nada de especial e não gostei da forma como a história é contada, através de memórias (tal como outro certo livro!). Tirando estes factores todos, acho que a obra de Sebastian Cole tinha potencial para mais, só precisava de se afastar da su ...more
Irina
Dos piores livros que já li. Uma história de amor eterno que parecia que realmente nunca mais acabava. Foi com grande alívio que virei a Página 264. A única coisa boa do livro mesmo a ilustração da capa. Personagens superficiais, acontecimentos previsíveis, poucos diálogos e recheados de lamechice atrás de lamechice. Uma estória simplesmente mal contada. Não percebo como este livro ganhou prémios. Devem ter saído no pacote dos cereais...
Amy
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting story, I loved the RI imagery! I found myself anxious to see what would happen next. This author shared his experience becoming an author with my daughter's class, which was inspiring. I would love to see the movie someday!
Ana Luisa Henriques
Uma bela história de amor mas, ao mesmo tempo, também muito difícil.

Uma doença difícil de perceber e nos apercebermos dela e as decisões da vida que, muitas vezes, magoam quem menos queríamos magoar e que, tantas outras, afastam aqueles de que mais gostamos sem que percebamos o erro que cometemos ou... se percebemos, já seja tarde demais.

Um livro que fala ainda da possessividade dos pais e da procura pela felicidade, por ser um espírito livre e encontrar a felicidade nas pequenas coisas.

Não gost
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Mariana
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5*

SPOILER

Estava mesmo com vontade de ler este livro, parecia-me ser uma boa história ao estilo de Nicholas Sparks.
O início do livro até cativa, pois o autor conta-nos como Noah e Robin se conhecem. Ela deixa-o pela primeira vez e ainda percebi que ele a perdoasse sem pedir justificação, mas à segunda vez já não fez qualquer sentido para mim. O amor do Noah pareceu-me um bocado "obecessivo", porque ele estava disposto a aceita-la sempre de volta sem querer saber o porquê de ela ter fugido dele
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Donna
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sebastian Cole has written an outstanding debut novel. For those of us who have loved, been disappointed and heartbroken along the way and perhaps let someone we love down will find so very much to relate to in this novel. The characters grip you from the very start. The love story of Robin and Noah is realistic in every single way as along with joy comes heartache. I think Mr. Cole has the capacity to write eloquently what we often feel but cannot adequately express. He brings into the storylin ...more
Sherrie
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best love story's I have read this year.
The writer did a amazing job on this book. I don't cry very
offen when reading a book but this one I cryed like a baby.

Sherrie
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...


Noah Hartman has reached the end of his long and eventful life, and wants to tell the story of his undying love to someone. As he lies in his hospital bed, he recounts the path his life took, the ups as well as the downs, to an attentive orderly, Josh Numen. The story he tells is one of love lost, found and lost again. When he finally decides to move on with someone else, his true love returns. There are secrets she had kept from him,
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Melanie
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m trying to remember if there was another book like Sand Dollar that I read and as soon as I was done with it [I'm talking mere seconds after] that I just wanted to shout to the world and beg people to get it ASAP… come to think of it, it probably happened on one or two occasions, but right now I don’t have the time to ponder when or which book it was, BUT I do have the time to tell you why I think you should find the time to read this story.

First, let me start with how I came across it. The
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Cindy
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

I'm sorry I took forever to read this book. First there was the book I was reading one month ago. Then, I had to do my book report for English. Next there were some blog tour books I gotta catch up too. But now, I have finished it! ;) And it was a great read.

But either way, first off, I would like to thank the author, Sebastian Cole for giving me a chance to read this wonderful book. Thank you so much!

I love the title Sand Dollar. I don't know, there's something with me and sand dollars. ;) I've
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Audrey Grant
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, won
This book is a captivating and mesmerizing read! I received it in the mail this afternoon and read it straight through without stopping!
I will tell you up front that I took off a star because of two main issues; the first and biggest for me was the cursing and yelling at God. I am a Christian and I can't stand when someone (no matter how bad things are) yells, screams and cusses at God. Yes he suffered some consequences (I won't give away the book) but it made me cringe). Also there was sooo ver
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Manuela Santos
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido
Uma História de Amor Eterno Sebastian Cole Editorial Presença
A minha opinião

Amor à primeira vista, afinal sempre existe, foi assim que Noah o personagem se sentiu quando viu Robin aquela bela mulher de cabelo ruivo. A nossa alma gémea existe mesmo.
Mas as sociedades em que viviam eram bem diferentes uma da outra. Conseguiria Robin entrar na vida de Noah sem conflitos.
Já lá vai o tempo em que bastava o amor e uma cabana. Como nem só de amor vive o homem, também é preciso trabalho e dinheiro. Era
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Melissa
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma História de Amor Eterno, no original Sand Dollar, conta-nos a história de Noah Hartman, um romântico incurável que procura o seu verdadeiro amor e quando o encontra, luta por ele até ao fim.
Noah, um empresário de sucesso mas infeliz com a sua vida, embarca numa viagem à procura da sua alma gémea, a qual encontra em Robin, uma mulher espontânea que o leva a desafiar todas as normas da sua vida e decisões confortáveis já tomadas.
Tendo vários obstáculos que se cruzam ao longo do enredo para ten
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Becca
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
What an emotional roller coaster of a read! Thank you to Goodreads and to Sebastian Cole (author of Sand Dollar) for this amazing read.

I need to start off this review by echoing what some others have said: when this book came in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised at the care in the packaging. The cover of the book is gorgeous, but Mr. Cole also inclosed a bookmark and a couple of cards both the same as the cover of the book. I appreciated the sentiment and will remember it.

Sand Dollar is the
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Tara Allman
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Sand Dollar was compared to The Notebook in a review and that was enough for me to want to read this inspiring novel. I would say that yes, it is a love story that touched my heart and frustrated me as well. At the end of the book I thought of the Shack and that are also similarities to that novel as well. Noah, only wanted Robin, she was his true soul mate, the other half that completed him in every way and when life was not kind to them Noah felt that God had abandoned him. As children of ...more
Johanna
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Sand Dollar is a love story reminiscent of "The Notebook", as the author confesses, but still remains uniquely its own story. I won't bother with a lengthy synopsis as other readers have done a fantastic job summarizing it.

There were several things I really enjoyed about this book, most important of which, I think, is that the story always felt "real", and never forced. I also loved how the author chose to go back-and-forth between the past and the present, revealing layers of the story as they
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Lori Downs
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book at a book club meeting by a very nice lady who won it and already had read it. I consider it great luck that I was the recipient of this novel. It is a lovely story of soul mates who must repeatedly find their way back to each other. There are times in the story when you dislike Robin, the female lead, but when you learn of issues she has you become sympathetic to her and root for true love to prevail. It is both heartwarming and sad at the same time. It is a timeless love ...more
Vanessa Montês
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Noah é uma personagem que era suposto ser romântica e fazer-nos suspirar, mas para mim era apenas mais um menino mimado, habituado a ter tudo o que queria e que faz ações supostamente românticas mas imensamente idiotas. Robin é uma personagem ainda pior. Está sempre a mudar de opiniões e embora no final acabemos por saber a razão, essa razão não me encheu as medidas, não fiquei satisfeito com o motivo e só tive tempo de pensar "que falsa".

Não consegui ligar-me a nenhuma personagem. Não sent
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Leigh
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance lovers with a touch of fantasy
Shelves: own, reviewed
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love will take you on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. It is a heartbreaking love story that will stay with you even after you put it down. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book: “With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a roller coaster ride, the rise and fall of which defines our journey. It is both scary and exciting at the same time.” It sums up the book perfectly. If you are a fan of The Notebook, then this is the book fo ...more
Mary
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If there were more than five stars for rating, this book would deserve it hands down. Such a beautiful, endearing love story. Hard to believe that this was a first time novel for Sebastian Cole, I can not wait until he writes another. Do yourself a favor and read this for sure. I can truly say that this was the most beautiful love story written. So incredible to read how much this man Noah loved Robin. This will definitely be one to read again & again. I want to savor this book in my memory - I ...more
Michelle
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole in a goodreads first reads. I loved the card he wrote to me and the matching card to send out. This is a story of love, loss and learning. The analogies were fabulous and really made the reader think. I loved how the story was written. I can't wait to read another story by Sebastian Cole. I highly recommend the Sand Dollar you wont be sorry!
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Sebastian Cole never intended on being a writer. He graduated from Brown University in the 80s, then worked briefly in New York before returning to Rhode Island to work in his family's business. Nineteen years later, he took a leap of faith and left the company to pursue his dreams, which has led him to where he is now: a novelist of romantic fiction. Cole writes from the heart, believing in true ...more

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