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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 love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and reclaim his true identity at all costs. But Robin harbors a secret that could devastate their lives forever. Is it enough for two soul mates to find each other, or are the forces that would tear them apart too great to overcome?

Many years later, Noah lies in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. And the one certainty that remains unchanged in Noah's heart -- true love never dies.

Looking for the next great love story? Look no further: read Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love!

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Sand Dollar is a story about a love gained, a love lost, and through it all, a love that just won’t die. Although it’s considered to be a romantic fantasy — a kind of cross between The Notebook and The Sixth Sense – the book distinguishes itself from other romance novels in its genre by its honest portrayal of life as a recurring tragedy, a roller coaster ride of sorts between joy and heartache, and the faith needed to overcome it. Sand Dollar is a thought-provoking, emotional read that, among other things, might even have you yelling at the main characters at times. And not only is it filled with plenty of twists and turns, but the surprise ending will knock your socks off!

What if you lost your true soul mate, the one person in life you were meant to be with? Would your love ever truly die? Not if you’re Noah Hartman, who refuses to let go of Robin after she inexplicably abandons their love and disappears from his life seemingly forever, her hidden secret yet to be discovered.

And when you finally accept your fate and do your best to move on with your life, what do you say when the unthinkable happens: your true love Robin reappears as your wedding ceremony to another woman is about to commence, looks deep into your soul with her loving, tear-filled eyes, and tells you the one thing you’ve desperately longed to hear for all of these years?

But the ending to this heart-wrenching love story has yet to be written, as Noah, old and sick in a hospital bed, tells his story of love and loss to Josh, a wise orderly at Mount Sinai Hospital. As his family members arrive to bid him goodbye, Noah discovers a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. Things are definitely not as they appear as the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of Noah’s life.

The story opens with Noah Hartman, eighty years old, lying on his deathbed recounting his life of love and loss to Josh, a compassionate orderly at the hospital. As Noah’s loved ones arrive one by one, they listen in on his story, and we’re transported back in time to Noah’s younger years.

Though outwardly seeming to have it all, Noah, now thirty-five, is actually an empty, lost, and broken man running on automatic pilot. He has no true identity due to having allowed his powerful, wealthy parents to manipulate, control, and brainwash him from a young age. With the threat of disinheritance and withholding love and approval if he doesn’t comply with the plan they have for his life, Noah is lured in by the reward of great wealth and the illusion of running the family business empire some day.

Enter Robin, twenty-five years old, who — in direct contrast to Noah — is a vivacious, free spirit. Full of life and always living in the moment, Robin’s love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and live his own life at all costs, reclaiming his true self.

They get married, and while snorkeling in the Caribbean, the captain of the boat warns them not to disturb anything in the sea. Ignoring the exhortation, Noah dives down and snags a sand dollar from the ocean floor, whereupon it explodes in his hand. With the fragile sand dollar taking on new significance, Robin inexplicably leaves Noah shortly after returning from their honeymoon. Like a passing breeze, she disappears out of his life without a trace, seemingly forever.

Years pass, and Noah still can’t get Robin out of his mind and out of his heart. After all, the one he loved the most would forever be the one who got away. That’s when he finds out about her hidden secret, the underlying condition responsible for her leaving. Noah has no choice but to move on with his life without her, meeting Sarah at the premiere of SAND DOLLAR, the movie he wrote about his time with Robin.

Years later, it’s Noah and Sarah’s wedding day, and Robin discovers a clue that Noah had surreptitiously inserted into the movie, inspiring her to race to the wedding to try to stop it. With the wedding in shambles, the scene jumps back to present day, with both Robin and Sarah placed in Noah’s hospital room. But which one did he choose?

As Noah wraps up his story, he discovers a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. Things are definitely not as they appear as the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of Noah’s life.

A man on his deathbed describes his life of love and loss to a compassionate orderly, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future.

For more information, please visit http://sebastiancoleauthor.com

246 pages, Paperback

First published April 19, 2012

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Sebastian Cole

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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 love, love at first sight, and finding that one person in life you're meant to be with.

Cole's debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love, was emotionally inspired by his own personal life experiences. SAND DOLLAR has won numerous awards, including being a winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, a bronze winner of ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year Award, a silver winner of the Feathered Quill Book Award, a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, a finalist in the International Book Awards, a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and a finalist in ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition for first-time authors.

Many have compared Cole to his favorite author, Nicholas Sparks, whom Cole cites as his inspiration for becoming an author. Whether or not he ever achieves that kind of success, touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he has ever done.

For more information, please visit Sebastian Cole's website at SebastianColeAuthor.com

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Profile Image for Maria Espadinha.
1,007 reviews354 followers
August 19, 2020
Inconstância do Amanhã

Sebastian Cole estava feliz. De facto, tinha todos os motivos para o estar — desposara recentemente o amor da sua vida e escolhera como local de lua de mel as idílicas Caraíbas. E foi a “cuscar” por essas águas cristalinas que ele avistou um Sand Dollar (espécie de ouriço do mar, que é também o ser que empresta o nome ao livro original), e... apesar das advertências para não perturbar a fauna marinha, não resistiu à tentação em apanhá-lo. Porém, pouco tempo depois, esse minúsculo ser explode na sua mão como uma granada — num momento estava lá, no seguinte já não estava!...

Uma vez deixado o paraíso, já de volta a casa, nova explosão acontece — o seu casamento leva uma reviravolta, e... aquela que parecia ser a sua alma gémea, voa para longe da sua vida como um lindíssimo Robin...

E foi assim que nasceu Sand Dollar (título original do livro) — a história de amor que uniu/desuniu Noah e Robin (aquela que voa para longe como o belo pássaro homónimo)...
Sebastian Cole sentiu intensamente a impermanência da vida, e optou por ilustrá-la através dum romance que nos instiga a agradecer e aproveitar intensamente cada momento, pois... o que está aqui agora, poderá já não estar... daqui por infinitamente pouco!...

Já sabíamos?! Sem dúvida! Mas estaremos a agir em conformidade?! É grande o fosso entre o saber e o praticar, e é na arte do praticar que este livro nos irá inspirar!😉🥰👍👍👍

Uma leitura excelente para esta época de amanhã incerto (ele é sempre incerto mas a pandemia intensificou ainda mais essa inerente incerteza)
Profile Image for Maria Espadinha.
1,007 reviews354 followers
August 19, 2020
Carpe Diem (Love More)

While snorkeling on his honeymoon in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, Sebastian Cole noticed a sand dollar lying on the ocean floor. Although he has been warned not to disturb the ocean’s life, it was stronger than him — he had to grab it. However, shortly afterwards, the lil creature exploded in his hand like a granade.

Some time later, after returning home from paradise, another explosion took place — his marriage came to an abrupt ending, and the love of his life flied away like a robin...

That’s why Sebastian Cole wrote Sand Dollar — the love story between Noah and Robin (the one who flies away like the homonymous bird) — to remind us of life’s impermanence — one day we have it all, the next there’s nothing there!...

Yes, yes... we all know about it! But are we acting accordingly?!
There’s an huge gap between knowing and acting. If you’ll read it well, this book will provide you the tools to break it!😉
I believe it’s a perfect reading for these pandemic days we are now enduring, don’t you?! 👍👍👍🥰
Profile Image for Maria Espadinha.
1,007 reviews354 followers
August 17, 2020
The Logic Side of Love

Why do we humans crave love so much?

Why is love a number one quest for mankind?

Well... as humans we are supposed to evolve... and... when we love someone, we tend to work on a better version of ourselves.
We are searching for a comfortable place in the Big Whole (Our Place!!!) whilst learning about who we are:

I love her... I love him...
I love this.... I love that....

I Love , I Am!!!

Love is the Master that will guide us to who truly are!

Among other things, this book made me think about the logic side of Love !🤔👍👍🥰
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129 reviews57 followers
January 5, 2015
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. The cover is beautiful~*~ I highly recommend adding Sand Dollar to your bookshelf.

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Author 2 books88 followers
June 13, 2012
"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 Recommended – have at it, this is a must-read. To the snarling cynics like me who mentally have their arms akimbo and their eyebrow raised, I say pick up SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love and surprise yourself by discovering the romantic in you.”
– BookIdeas.com

“SAND DOLLAR, a fantasy romance by Sebastian Cole, lives up to its subtitle, A Story of Undying Love… bookreview.com considers SAND DOLLAR an excellent romance novel and looks forward to reading more from Sebastian Cole.”
– BookReview.com

“SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love is Sebastian Cole��s debut novel, but I think he will have a long list of best sellers if he keeps going at this rate... Cole twists and turns this plot (which is why I couldn’t put it down) to where you can’t assume anything about the ending. You HAVE to read it... It will renew your faith in finding and keeping that one true love.” – Kate Patrick
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1,007 reviews354 followers
August 15, 2020
Sand Dollar — An Omen of Life’s Impermanence

“The concept for Sand Dollar is based on an experience I once had while snorkeling on my honeymoon in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Ignoring the captain’s warning not to touch anything in the sea, I dove down to pick up a lone sand dollar sitting on the ocean floor. As I held out my prize, the sand dollar exploded in my hand, disappearing in the water around me. Shortly after returning home from paradise, my marriage came to an abrupt end, and the one I loved the most had disappeared from my life seemingly forever.”

“I wrote the book because I wanted the world to look at sand dollars the way I do, through my eyes, as a symbol for life and how fragile it is.”

“Just like the sand dollar, life holds no promises. Seemingly solid and secure in our hands, the blessings we have in our lives today are easily shattered tomorrow. The lesson learned: never take your loved ones for granted. And if you’re ever lucky enough to find that one person in life who makes you love more than any other person could possibly make you love, you treat every day together as if it were your last. You cherish every moment.”

“My guess is that most of us could probably tell our own version of Sand Dollar. That’s because we’ve all experienced love and loss at some point in time in our lives. And for far too many of us, and for whatever circumstances, the one we loved the most was “the one who got away.” I’ve had one, and chances are, you’ve had one too. Sand Dollar tells of such a love – a love gained, a love lost, and through it all, a love that just won’t die.”
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Author 8 books104 followers
September 25, 2014
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 personagem principal chamar-se Noah?

Não gostei da Robin e isso fez com que, muitas vezes, me irritasse com a história. Porque ela, em algumas partes é irritante e tem alguma atitudes que não coincidem com alguém da idade dela. O facto é que, o Noah também não contribui para isso e não senti química entre os personagens.E uma história de amor merece um mínimo de empatia entre os apaixonados.

A parte de a Robin não ser judia não é muito explorado, aliás, a parte religiosa é apenas mencionada no primeiro capitulo e depois esquecida. Não é isso que na verdade os afasta um do outro.

É um livro leve, mas que não chega nem a ser divertido e muitas vezes é romântico forçadamente. Tem um toque fantasioso e é, na realidade, um tanto ou quanto confuso, com o saltar constante de passado e presente. Mais uma vez me sinto ovelha negra por não gostar de livros tão premiados!
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219 reviews23 followers
May 6, 2016
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 gostei da história ser contada de onde foi, teria preferido voltar atrás no tempo sem a necessidade do "contar uma história" e certamente passava bem sem as referências a Deus mas entendo-as.

Uma boa história para quem gosta de um bom romance e para aqueles que têm na sua vida alguma história que lhes ficou na cabeça como "e se...".

Um aspecto negativo é a tradução e revisão do livro com muitos termos brasileiros como "sacada", "geladeira" ou até "droga" como exclamação. Isto chateia, e muito, a leitura!
Profile Image for Donna.
14 reviews3 followers
August 21, 2012
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 storyline how one mistake can alter the whole course of our lives. Without giving away too much, the novel brought me to tears and after reading what the author wrote at the end of the novel This is one of those books I will read and reread through the years. I highly, highly recommend Sand Dollar, this a novel not to be missed.
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92 reviews19 followers
September 27, 2012
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.

Profile Image for Margarida.
188 reviews8 followers
July 19, 2015
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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407 reviews33 followers
September 13, 2016
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...
Profile Image for Amy.
56 reviews
February 3, 2013
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!
Profile Image for Maria Lavrador.
394 reviews34 followers
March 16, 2015
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...
September 12, 2012
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 Noah Hartman told by Noah, himself, from his hospital bed. Get your tissues ready now, because you are definitely going to need them.

The premise of this book is finding your true soul mate and then losing them for some unknown reason. Could you ever really be happy with someone else? What a great journey to go on and find out.

As much as I LOVED this book, there were definitely times when I disliked both Noah and Robin.

At almost fifty years of age, Noah is still a child. He’s torn between “living his own life” and living the life his controlling parents want him to live. I think that he should have cut the purse strings a LONG time ago.

Robin on the other hand appears to be all about life. Living it for all it’s worth. However Robin has a secret, one that even she doesn’t know that she has. Robin is far from perfect. Perhaps that’s what makes this love story so great. Neither Noah nor Robin is perfect. But hey, none of us are.

This is one of those stories I’m going to cherish forever.
Profile Image for Sandra.
741 reviews
February 7, 2016


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 irrealista. Ai que o homem chora e chora e mata-se por Robin. Apesar de ela não bater bem da cabeça e deixá-lo várias vezes em sofrimento sem qualquer explicação.

* Cópia (na minha opinião abusiva) do livro "Diário da nossa paixão" e Nicholas Sparks.
Basicamente o que este autor fez foi manter o nome "Noah" para a personagem masculina; mudou a família rica para a personagem masculina, fazendo da personagem feminina uma coitadinha pobrezinha mas com muita alegria de viver.
Ou seja, trocou as personalidades das 2 personagens principais do livro original escrito por Nicholas Sparks.

* Única diferença entre este livro e o de N. Sparks é um problema mental/ trauma que a personagem feminina tem, mas que está tão mal escrito/explicado que até agonia.

Resumindo, a cópia do "Diário da nossa paixão" é demasiado óbvia para quem leu o livro ou para quem viu apenas o filme.

Simplesmente Não. Não gostei. Não recomendo.
Profile Image for Andrea Strickland.
399 reviews11 followers
January 13, 2013
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't tie in with previous scenes.

The reviews of this novel were so good that I waited to read it until I had plenty of free time. I was sooooo looking forward to it. At the end, however, I was just ready to delete it off my Kindle.
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1,102 reviews196 followers
February 28, 2017
"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 sua fonte de inspiração e criar algo que eu já não tivesse lido."

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23 reviews19 followers
June 21, 2016
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...
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183 reviews
February 27, 2015


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. E o facto de a Robin não saber o que quer tornou a leitura bastante chata e o que mais queria era acabar o livro e arruma-lo.
Mais para o fim ficamos a saber que a Robin na realidade tinha uma doença que a fazia desligar as suas emoções, mas como só nessa altura se fica a saber acabei por não conseguir criar ligação com as personagens.
O final foi fofinho e se calhar por isso dou 2,5*, porque ao menos alguma coisa conseguiu salvar o livro.
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156 reviews8 followers
February 20, 2022
Quando lês um livro e parece que és tu dentro dele , quando te revés em tanta coisa ali escrita , coisas boas outras más porque nada nem ninguém é perfeito e porque um grande amor um amor eterno também nunca o será . Nada mais há a dizer a não ser
que o Noah me fez chorar e que a Robin me irritou até perceber as razões dela .
Gostei muito ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ estrelas por me rever no Noah mas percebo que muita gente de 4 ou menos
August 7, 2012
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, and Noah, second son in a well to do Jewish family, has felt lost without her, and is stunned when, after thirteen years, Robin shows up at the church where he is waiting for the woman he plans to marry, and blurts out her feelings. Does Noah marry Sarah, the woman his mother approves? Or does he follow his heart, and return to Robin, the one woman who makes his heart beat and his life complete? Can they solve the mystery of her past and move on?

Sebastian Cole has written a thought provoking and intriguing story in The Sand Dollar. The characters are well defined and passionate. The story is uniquely told as a narrative by Noah, moving through the past, his past with Robin, and there are some unexpected twists in this story. The world is the recent past through to an unnamed future period, and once the story hooked me, I could not put it down.

Noah Hartman is an unusual character, and at first comes across as a bit juvenile and spoiled. As the story moves on, his character develops, and he becomes a man of determination and worth. Second son in his family, he wants to live life on his terms, not follow some path his parents set for him. When Noah started to stand up to them, I gained a new perspective on his personality. I enjoyed watching as this man recounted his life and the mistakes he made to Josh and his joy when he met Robin, his soul mate was beautiful. I did feel sorry for him when Robin’s condition separated them, and he was confused by it all. But Noah is a strong character, and he was not going to give up easily.

Robin is beautiful, caring, and very fragile at times. She has problems from her past, things she has suppressed for her own mental health, but she loves Noah. I liked that Robin could see the man in Noah, the one who was willing to give her his love, although she couldn’t always see it for what it was. She's a very complex woman, sweet and innocent at time, and then hard and seemingly uncaring of everyone. I like Robin for her generous nature and her willingness to keep trying.

There are some challenges both of these characters need to overcome to be together, and sometimes the problems seem insurmountable. But Mr. Cole slowly reveals the hidden meanings behind so many of Robin’s actions, and shows a different side to Noah as he finally grows into the promise of the man I saw early in this book. I will say one thing, I did not see the ending of this one coming, and it brought tears to my eyes. Do Noah and Robin have their happy ever after? I refuse to spoil it for anyone, you need to read it for that answer.
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922 reviews29 followers
October 29, 2012
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 author, Sebastian Cole, asked me if I would have the time to read it and possibly review it for my blog, with him supplying me with the print copy. I decided to sample it from his website before I answered his email and only two paragraphs into it I went to the Amazon and bought the book, not willing to wait for the copy to arrive. I knew that my evening was shot to hell, not to mention my next morning! Nothing was going to get in my way of finishing this book in one sitting!

The above book blurb is quiet comprehensive and it sets up the story that is filled with compassion and plenty of romance. For that reason alone I’ll skip on retelling of the story and dive in to the praise of it. You heard me right! This story is worthy of praise and I have plenty of it.

I’ll start with my praise of the author’s voice. I literally ‘heard’ Noah’s narration of his life story and the gentle yet firm hand of the author taking me to his ‘bosom’ and coaxing me just a bit further, just one more step closer to the heart of the matter…the heart of the story…the revelation of the secret. The author spread the tale in front of me with such ease of telling that I drank it all in and loved every drop coming my way!

Now, I’ll tell you about the three-dimensional characters he took such painstaking time to introduce me to. Noah was one of those Beta heroes that has plenty of Alpha characteristics, but deep down is just a man in search of someone to love him, but more importantly, for someone he could love. He was someone we all can identify with, not with his wealth maybe, but with his dilemma, his personality, his troubles…

Robin was someone who will break the readers’ hearts while she does the same to Noah. Like the bird she was named after, she was free-spirited and flying high only to be slammed into invisible walls of the past. Meeting someone like Noah was as much a blessing as it was a curse for someone with her personality, and she didn’t really know how to deal with it.

This tale is not just for all you Nicholas Spark’s fans, but for all of us that at one time or another have let that ‘one, true and pure’ love get away and for the life of us couldn’t or wouldn’t figure out if or maybe we should want to or not, run after it to get it back. It’s a tale of love refusing to die. It’s a tale of romance for young and old. It’s a tale worth reading and I highly recommend you go and get it while it’s still priced at…wait for this….NINETY NINE CENTS!

Book purchased from Amazon
Profile Image for Cindy.
202 reviews
November 4, 2012

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 got to say, even though I love romances, I'm not the kind of person who goes for undying love, but this book may have changed my mind. It's so romantic how Noah still loves Robin after all she has done to him.

Robin gave me different views of her. At first, I'm like, "Robin, go get him back. What are you doing?"
Then, I started to hate her. Like seriously. Like "For real. Are you even a person? You left Noah seven years ago, then seven years later, you go to him and ask for money? Is something wrong with you?" It turns out though, there is. Robin has a disease called Borderline something disease. I forgot what it was called. LOL. Now, I'm like, "Well. Robin. At least you got back to him. You didn't let him down completely."

On the other hand though, when Noah finally moved on with his life, Robin has to come back. Sarah seems like a happy, chirpy person. Noah and Sarah was getting married when Robin barged in. What about Sarah?

And of all things I really loved out of this book, I have to say it's the ending. I loved the ending! Sometimes, authors don't know how to end a book. Even endings have to captivate the reader, or they'll feel like they read the book for nothing. Sand Dollar's ending was magnificent. I like how God was named Josh and I actually enjoyed seeing Olivia and Brittany grown up. (You'll learn who they are when you read it!)

Overall, I really enjoyed this wonderful book sent to me by Sebastian Cole.You guys gotta read this book too!

(September) My friend, Liana got this book and told me she likes it a lot and recommended it to mw. Since I'm a sucker for romance, I really can't wait to read this book! It's sounds really romantic! Omg. (: I hope I get to win this upcoming giveaway or else I'll just have to borrow it from the library or my friend(s). lol
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474 reviews21 followers
July 10, 2012
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 very much cussing period and in addition to that the over descriptiveness of the sex was a bit much for me. Now let me finish...I'm not talking about acknowledging and dealing with the facts of abuse and rape, these things need to be dealt with and Sebastian dealt with that part of the issues very well!
Nor am I referring to the psychiatrist (PS: LOVED HOW THAT PART ENDED!!!) Because of these things and the intense issues I would have to rate a movie made from this book as R or NC17.


June 28th: Found out that I was one of the winners in the drawing for this book! I am very excited and can't wait to start reading it! Thank you for choosing me!
June 30th: First let me start by thanking Sebastian for sending me this beautiful book and autographing it for me! He also sent me a handwritten card, a beautiful bookmark...and the book arrived first class 2 days after I was notified by Goodreads and Sebastian that I had won! Now that is service and a giving heart!
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125 reviews5 followers
February 27, 2014
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 assim que Noah pensava, já a Robin bastava-lhe a cabana. Esta era uma borboleta de cristal frágil e delicada.
Mas como numa roseira existem espinhos, num grande amor também nem tudo é um mar de rosas.
Será um conto de fadas, a história da gata Borralheira para a Robin? Ou na vida real a fantasia não existe?
Este livro faz-nos pensar em tudo o que nos rodeia. Algo se passa, mas o quê!!!! Pragas, superstições, traumas, maldições, bênçãos, segredos, milagres……… Ver para crer, e temos de ler para saber.
Adorei a escrita que Sebastian Cole utiliza, ela é ternura em todas as palavras utilizadas, é própria, vê-se que foi escrito com Alma e Coração. Gostei da maneira como nos transporta do presente para o passado.
Uma linda história de amor eterno que deverá ser lida por todos os românticos ou não. Ninguém ficará indiferente à narrativa.
Assim como Noah, também Sebastian Cole abandonou a empresa da família e decidiu seguir os seus sonhos.
Noah decidiu ir viver a vida dele e não a da família e aprender com os próprios erros.
Nunca devemos desistir dos nossos sonhos, muito menos não lutar por eles. Uma linda história de vida.
Fico à espera que o Sebastian Cole nos presenteie rapidamente com um novo livro.
Adorei :'( ^_^ <3 <3
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361 reviews
July 24, 2012
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 story of Noah and Robin. Not only does it span their lives individually throughout the years, but also their relationship as well. Mr. Cole did a fantastic job of bringing Noah, Robin and all other characters to life. I was hooked from the beginning. I found Noah to be extremely likeable and could understand where he was coming from with his family background. Never did I get the impression that Noah was selfish or greedy like you would expect with his upbringing. Robin is a different character altogether. She is kind of a mystery. We don't really get answers to Robin until closer to the end of the book, but it's easy to guess which direction the story is going.

The story is told back and forth between present day Noah and his past. Sometimes I found it hard to know if we were in the present or past, but once I got a hang of how the story was written, it wasn't difficult to follow.

I had an incredibly hard time putting this book down, because I needed to know what happened. It's a heartbreaking story, even up to the end, but it's beautifully heartbreaking.
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15 reviews2 followers
July 26, 2014
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 tentar separar este casal, Noah e Robin irão demonstrar ao leitor que o verdadeiro é para sempre.
Gostei bastante de ler este livro apesar de fugir um pouco ao meu género literário. Achei a escrita bastante bem encadeada e entusiasmante. Enquanto a história, este amor tão testado, é algo com que facilmente empatizo, envolvo-me com a narrativa e torço por um final feliz. As personagens estão muito bem construídas, a fé imbatível de Noah no seu amor por Robin é apaixonante.
Contado na primeira pessoa, o decorrer da história é muito marcado pelos sentimentos da personagem central, mesmo os períodos mais tristes parecem mais longos – como na vida de qualquer pessoa parecem – e os períodos mais felizes parecem ferozmente fugazes.
Sendo o livro de estreia do autor, revela já uma capacidade fantástica para apaixonar o público e promete criar uma legião de fãs do escritor vencedor do Beverly Hills Book Award e finalista de tantos outros prémios literários internacionais.
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67 reviews2 followers
September 24, 2013
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 God when we go through difficulties in life we often question, where is God? In the end God had never left Noah, He was always there.
“I wasn’t perfect, and I made mistakes; but I learned from them and became a better person for it. I always followed my heart, and most of all, I loved, with every ounce of my being. I guess you could say the greatest love story ever written isn’t confined to the pages of a book. It’s in our lives, and we’re the one who write it. So that’s what life’s all about, isn’t it? Why we’re here. It has nothing to do with dollars. In fact, it’s totally free. Life’s greatest gift. And the best part is, the best part, this gift we give others…. We get it back. It’s what makes the journey so worthwhile….it’s LOVE.”
I admit that I became very frustrated with Robin’s character for reason you will understand when you read the book, and you just have to read it! In the end Noah’s love was enough to carry him where he needed to be in life.
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443 reviews47 followers
July 6, 2012
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 become relevent. I was totally taken by surprise by the ending (sad in a way but ultimately it was a happy one), which I didn't see coming at all, another plus!

My one complaint? Not really with the story itself, but I couldn't help but notice the absence of an author bio and picture, something which I compulsively seek out before I ever start a story. Its not really a big deal, but I like to be able to read about an author to sort of get to "know" them before I read their work so I have an idea of where they're coming from. Plus, who wouldn't want to see what such a hopeless romantic looks like?

Marvellous book, it brought a smile to my face, and I would certainly love to see Sand Dollar become a movie as the author wishes, I have a feeling it would do very well :)

I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads
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