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Ode to a Fish Sandwich

(Quirky Tales from the Caribbean #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  31 reviews
From NY Times bestselling author Rebecca M. Hale, the story of a man, a fish, and the daily special.

Jilted at the altar, Dr. Walcott Emerson Jones sets off on his honeymoon without his runaway bride. A week on a remote Caribbean island is just what the sun-averse dermatologist needs to mend his broken heart.

Along the way, he braves a haunted cane field, tracks a grief-str
Published June 24th 2013 by Green Vase Publishing
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A beautiful and mysterious adventure to a Caribbean island with beautiful beaches, soft waves and the best fish sandwiches for hundreds of miles. The adventure begins with a damaged soul, fresh from a broken engagement, he is recovering from his broken heart at his honeymoon location. A dermatologist by profession he has some issues with the sun damage on his skin and some difficulty adjusting to this laid back lifestyle. He is laughed at and does not fit in with the island regulars. He struggle ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Walcott Emerson Jones goes off on a solo honeymoon in the Caribbean after being jilted at the altar by his bride. Dr. Jones is a dermatologist who is worried about skin cancer so he keeps himself covered up in baggie clothing and sunscreen and always has an umbrella up. At the resort he has made a nuisance of himself so he decides to explore the island. The guards to the resort do not want to let him out but he wears them down until they open the gate designed to keep unwanteds out and walks ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Recently jilted at the altar, Dr. Walcott Emerson Jones decides to set off on his honeymoon without his runaway bride. An adventurous week on a remote Caribbean island is just what the sun-averse dermatologist needs to mend his broken heart.

Along the way, he braves a creepy cane field, tracks a grief-stricken fisherman up the side of a volcano, and befriends a chef at the local beachside diner.

But the calculating cook has broader ambitions than spending the rest of her life serving up fish sandw
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ode To A Fish Sandwich is a very well written novella that has bit of suspense, humor and very enjoyable look at a remote Caribbean island.

Dermatologist, Dr. Walcott Jones, has been left at the altar. He decides to go ahead and take his honeymoon at a couples only resort on a remote Caribbean island. Being a dermatologist, he is overly concerned with being in the sun and is constantly lathered with sunscreen. So much so he has earned the nickname White Wally at the resort. He soon wants to see
Susan Carpenter
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ode to a Fish Sandwich (Quirky Tales from the Caribbean): another book by Rebecca M. Hale, my favorite author! A sun-phobic dermatologist, jilted at the alter, decides to proceed alone on his honeymoon to a tropical island. Feeling out of place, he heads into town against the wishes of those manning the gates to the resort. There he discovers the island's celebrated Fish Sandwich, a lovesick tuna, and his role in the continuing lore of the island. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and filled wit ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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If you like quirky and the slightly bizarre then this novella is for you. Hale provides some very beautiful settings, the locations are picture book idyllic; romantic tropical island, beautiful luxury resort and even more stunning local beaches and a fish shack on the water front that makes the most incredible and delicious freshest fish sandwiches.

Add to this setting a dermatologist afraid of the sun that has just been dumped by his bride to be and a tuna in love with the doctor, and a
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a delightful short story with characters you like and that amaze you. Dr. Jones, takes his honeymoon (Minus the fiancee and wedding)on a obscure tropical island in the Caribbean. He explores the island much to the dismay of the resort owners and discovers a diner where he goes everyday for lunch. Twist and turns, Caribbean legends and lore and a "ghost" who haunts the cane fields. A great little read. First in a series by Rebecca Hale and hopefully there will be many more. ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pop-fiction
Quirky Tale of the Caribbean. On a small island 1500 miles southeast of Miami.....I chose Dominica although the setting sounds a lot like Eleuthra in the Bahamas.
Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
Loved this short story really loved it. Fast, interesting and curious. Worth picking up and reading.
Paula Sorensen
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun tale of sun and sea that made me laugh and made me hungry for a delicious fresh tuna fish filet sandwich!

The story started a bit slow but it easily pulled me in and I fell into the rhythm of the sea and the cane fields, wicked Winnie and Burt and of come course the doctor and the heroine! Fun story!
Louisa Jones
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the mysteriousness of the story. The interaction between Winnie, the fisherman, and the doctor was intriguing. Also the character of the poor, dead Delilah added to the suspense.
I wonder——what did happen to Winnie and her husband, the fisherman? I guess nobody will ever know.
Donna Engler
Not her best

Loved the first book I read by this author, but didn't care much for this one. Sorry. A strange story.
Emilie Perez
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly surprised

Good rating for a fast read. Never expected how it was going to end. Took me by complete surprise, not at all what I thought. Loved it!
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad ending with little character growth; some good twists in the story;
linda lucas
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Enjoyed the book very much. Different style. Interesting and surprising twist Very well written kudos to the author. Plan to read more!
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
0 stars!!! The most rediculous book I've read in a very long time! ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The funnest thing about this book was it's title. I got if "free" for my kindle. ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Left me hungry for a fish sandwich

Cute tale of a jilted dermatologist on vacation in the Caribbean, a local diner owner, and her memorable fish sandwich.
Katherine Murphy
A whimsical story.

An enjoyable experience is what I found in reading this book. It is truly a cozy read, as the story progressed I didn't expect the ending.
Susan Ferguson
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction
Had a little trouble getting to the end of this book, because I kept expecting the dermatologist to die - I was reluctant to see it happen.

The dermatologist (called White Wally by the resort crew) has arrived at his honeymoon destination alone. His fiancee broke up with him at the altar - since everything was already planned and paid for, he decided to come on his own. The island is a small one and the only place of any size is the resort - which has a fence around it. The dermatologist is death
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
I read this book as part of a 2015 Book Challenge. Though I’d never heard of the author before, she shares my initials, hence satisfied the Challenge requirement. The cover was appealing, with white sands, azure ocean, and two beach chairs, and the title suggested a bit of levity. It seemed a better option than revisiting dreary Heinlein novels. Plus it was short enough to enable me to get on to other Challenge books quickly. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, and look forward to reading some ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2014-netgalley
Ode to a Fish Sandwich is the first story in the Quirky Tales from the Caribbean series. It was a fun read and yes, it had a rather quirky cast of characters. The author was so perfect in her description of the island, I could hear the waves, smell the salty ocean and see the Palm trees swaying in the breeze! I'm ready for a trip to Barbados, St. Thomas, doesn't matter. :)

It's a quick read and you will certainly be entertained. Looking forward to the second in this series. I recommend this uniqu
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach, on-my-kindle
Not what I was expecting but a very good short-ish story. I was expecting a tropical tale of an outlandish Caribbean vacation. While it has some of that it turns a bit more dark towards the end. The characters are very unique and interesting and again not at all what I expected but I liked them in their quirky ways. The book was well written but I could have used a bit more description to help transport me to the beach along side Wally. 3.5 starts for the first book Quirky Tales from the Caribbe ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this short little book on the plane when coming home from Cancun. About a dermatologist who is dumped right before his wedding day and goes to the Caribbean on his planned honeymoon anyway. Falls in love with the local favorite food item - the fish sandwich at Delilah's. Whole story about the volcano, Delilah, her fisherman husband, and the new owner of the diner that serves the popular food item. Couldn't help but like White Wally. ...more
Vikas Datta
Interestingly done apart from the ending - the ambiguous fate of the two supporting characters, whose real faces and activities are exposed leave a little feeling of the tale being note complete, but otherwise it is a refreshing change - especially the way the main character - the dermatologist - is depicted...
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this short novel about a dermatologist, a fish, a cook and a fish sandwich. Without totally understanding the "meaning" of the story, it seemed to me written as a sort of allegory about what can happen when one covets someone or something. I really like the writing style of Ms. Hale and plan to read more of her books. ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the title, and the story lived up to the quirkiness it implies. This off-the-beaten-path story of a jilted man, a manipulative woman, an odd fisherman, and a diamond ring kept me guessing what would happen next as I read every page. It's only 92 pages long, but it's a story worth reading. ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a Short Storyb

This was definitely a quirky book, and it was enjoyable...but a "book" it was not. More of a short story, as I breezed through it in about half an hour. Still, Rebecca M. Hale is great storyteller, and I will definitely read the next book in this series.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was very quirky and very fun. Having just returned from a quiet Caribbean island, it was like a little extension of my vacation.

It has the feel of a local myth or ghost story. The addition of the clueless, sun avoiding dermatologist makes it all very tongue in cheek.
Short story I found in the travel section of netgalley... Not a travel book but good nonetheless. Review to come
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NY Times bestselling author Rebecca M. Hale lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates - when she’s not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean, or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.

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