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SEASIDE SUMMERS is the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in t ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published August 25th 2014 by World Literary Press (first published August 16th 2014)
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Can you say ADDICTED?! This is the second book of Melissa Foster’s that I’ve tried and I am literally angry at myself for not reading her sooner! If you love your small-town romances sweet, sexy AND funny, then you’ve got to try out at least one of Melissa Foster’s books. She has so many series that are connected and this knowledge makes me a very happy reader because I’ll have more stories to devour!

SEASIDE DREAMS is the first book in the Seaside Summers series. This series is about four frie
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FicCentral
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Bella’s life has hit a fork in the road, and she’s not sure which direction to go. While most of her life is back in Connecticut, Wellfleet has always been in her heart, and this summer should help her decide between the two. Only she’s determined not to let a man into the equation. No, this decision will be based entirely upon what she wants, and the best way to ensure that is to avoid a relationship until she’s made up her mind. But when a handsome cop with uncanny timing catches Bella and her
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Dianne
Once again, I was riding the emotional rollercoaster of love with Melissa Foster’s Seaside Dreams. From page one, I laughed at the antics one can only pull off with good friends, but when the hot new police officer, Caden Grant spies the hijinks of Bella and her friends, I was laughing out loud.

Bella has just returned to Seaside, just out of a relationship going nowhere, having quit her job and only a dream of what she would like to do, while swearing off men for the foreseeable future. Caden h
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Chu
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

PURCHASE IT ►►► AMAZON

This time, we explore Leanna’s (who fell in love with Kurt Remington) friends in a scenic setting, and she started off with Bella.

After Bella had broken off with a co-worker, she decided to return to Seaside Cottages and enjoy the summer. She already quit her job, put her house on the market, and contemplating on a project that will help kids work while they go to school. On top of that, she had already sworn off men, commitments and r
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Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★

Bella was at a turning point in her life. A relationship that had gone sour and harsh comments spewing from her ex had her backing away from men and committed relationships. She needed to decide the direction her life would take. Would she continue to work as a teacher in the same school she had for years, keep her house or sell it and move somewhere else and start over? The situation that she found herself in now was stagnant and had lost its appeal, something was
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Becca
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say that I'm not just a little, but a LOT addicted to Melissa Foster. I want to quit what I'm doing just so I can catch up on all of her books... and NOW I have the Seaside gang to fall in love with too!

Bella is a teacher, who is ready for a change. She tired of being lied to by the men that she dates and ready to have a little more purpose in her life. Every summer, since childhood, she heads to the Cape to meet up with friends and this summer is going to be a game changer - she's pl
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Andrea
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Foster has done it again! I fell in love with a great group of girls and their friends who have been hanging out at Cape Cod every summer since they were kids. The Seaside Series will feature a love story of each of these four wonderful girls - Bella, Jenna, Amy and Leanna. This book focused on Bella and her hunk, Caden, a police officer who moved to the Cape to raise his son in a safe environment.

When Caden and Bella first met, neither of them were looking for love. In fact, they each h
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Heather Greenwood
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Melissa Foster book I've ever read and I can guarantee you that it will NOT be the last. I really like her style of writing! The story and character development are done seamlessly. I really felt like I was one of the girls.


You get to know Bella and the rest of the girls and they're all so real. The first book in this series "Seaside Dreams" is the story of Bella finding herself. She also finds a few other perks along the way (like tall, dark, handsome....) Enter Caden Grant
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Julie Baswell
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bella and her friends love to play pranks, but when one involving a toilet bowl goes awry, along comes Officer Caden Grant. Being a single dad, Caden’s focus has always been on his son Evan. Once he meets Bella, it’s immediate attraction. This creates a problem because Bella is in the middle of a life change and has a plan, which doesn't involve dating. When Caden finally wins her heart, he discovers the cost of losing focus on his teenage son. With tragedy averted, will Bella and Caden be able ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always B.J. Harrison is amazing! He knows exactly what feelings to portray when reading Seaside Dreams. The tone, the speed of his reading, and the story itself is all wonderful.

How can I not love this book? It has my crush from the last Melissa Foster book in it, Kurt from Read, Write, Love, and it has new hunky police officer Caden. I loved that Seaside Dreams was about a man who was also a father. He had responsibilities that other characters in Melissa’s books did not. He was a good dad,
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Victoria
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, free
3.25-3.5 RATING
Amanda (Hootie) Clark

I'm new to Melissa Foster's world and seeing as how "Seaside Dreams" was on sale for FREE I grabbed it because it sounded like a great read. My hunch turned out to be right because the story of Bella and Caden surpassed my expectations.

I have a thing for single fathers in books. Maybe because my own father was absent or maybe because there is just something intrinsically sexy about a man willing to step up and take responsibility for his actions as well as the actions, or lack thereof, of the ot
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Alexa Nichole Demers
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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And that seems to be the theme to every Love in Bloom series book I have read and guess what? I effing love every page that I turn. When I start a big family and friends series like this I am always worried that they will run out of ways to make the story different. I never have to worry about that with Melissa Foster. Every book I pick up in this series is different. All of the characters have different personalities and different ways they bring a story to life. This b
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

Can you say ADDICTED?! This is the second book of Melissa Foster's that I've tried and I am literally angry at myself for not reading her sooner! If you love your small-town romances sweet, sexy AND funny, then you've got to try out at least one of Melissa Foster's books. She has so many series that are connected and this knowledge makes me a very happy reader because I'll have more stories to devour!

SEASIDE DREAMS is the first book in the Seaside Summers series. This series is about four frien

...more
Sloane Austen
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Seaside Dreams introduces readers to a Ya-Ya sisterhood in Massachusetts. Promising start. So what did Ms. Foster do with the story? The premise is four young women who spent every summer in Cape Cod as they grew up, continue to return each summer for eight weeks as adults. Seaside Dreams spotlights a spunky blonde by the name of Bella (think that name has been overused now but...) who meets Caden (the new cop in town) a single dad with no strings attached to his son's mother (gotta love fiction ...more
Pam
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bella is thinking of leaving her home and her old job behind and move full time to the Seaside Cottages. She goes every summer but after a bad break up she is thinking it's time for a change. She is known for breaking a few rules and her little but of a wild side makes her end up on a sexy cops radar. Caden moved from Boston to get a fresh start for him and his teenage son. His partner was killed and it is time for a change. He has never had time for dating or women since he was left with his so ...more
Terisa
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bella Abbacia has gone back to same place that she has gone to every single summer since she was a kid and that is her families vacation home in Massachusetts called Seaside Cottages. She and her best friends always meet there every summer and life takes up wear it left off when they said goodbye but this time she’s not planning on going home after summer is over. She’s done with her old life and looking for a new life. She’s done with men and their lying cheating ways and is more determined tha ...more
Marlene
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At thirty years old, Bella is putting relationships on the backburner and focusing on her. She plans on spending the summer finding her path in life and is hoping that her new job at the Barnstable County School District is just the place to start. Developing a work study program will be her first step. And, if she’s successful, she may just land a full time job and call the Cape her year round home.

Bella and her best girlfriends are summertime staples at the Cape, but when a prank goes wrong t
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Lisa
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a big fan of Melissa Foster so I was elated when I was given the opportunity to participate and review one of her books! She does not disappoint and I think they just keep getting better. I am most impressed by the way she portrays each of the characters. She has this way of making you want to jump into the book and become a part of the story.

I was very excited to hear about the addition of the Seaside Summers series beginning with Seaside Dreams. This book starts out the ser
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Brianne
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Foster never disappoints and her new book Seaside Dreams is a testament to that. Foster knows how to draw readers in from the very first chapter and keeps their attention throughout the entire book. Foster is a genius with her witty humour and has a knack for knocking each one of her books out of the ball park.

Foster's newest book, Seaside Dreams had me going right from the start. I absolutely loved the main character Bella who will have you smiling in no time at all. The friendships tha
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Books and Spoons
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at http://booksandspoons.weebly.com/book...

Seaside Dreams is enchanting, sweet and steamy love story.
Bella and Caden's attraction is immediate and intense, and they have little power to fight against it. The way their relationship is built up, is enjoyable and fun to read. Bella and Caden are both building up new lives for themselves, facing the challenges of the new jobs and location, and now also the demands of new, strong attraction and possible relationship.
Caden's son E
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Michelle Garrett
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to read on a recent cross-country (literally) trip to California. I wanted something light and fun to keep me company on my layover. I loved the bond of friendship described in this series between Bella and her girlfriends and look forward to getting to know the other characters in future stories. Previous series have focused on families, so it is great to see the inclusion of the close family-like bond of real girlfriends.

You quickly fall for Caden - handsome, police o
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Sherry
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a new spin-off of the Love in Bloom Series and I'm loving the setting. It's right on the ocean and the setting lends itself to the relaxed atmosphere between the girls living in the little Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet. Bella and the girls, we met the girls in Read, Write, Love where Leanna met Kurt Remington. You'll still see some of Leanna and Kurt in Seaside Dreams, but this is most definitely Bella and Caden's love story.

Once again Melissa has me swooning for the fine-as-sin sexy men
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Adriana
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster really surprised me. I had to reread the first chapter at least 3 times before I stopped laughing. Rule number 14 about tacky displays made me laugh so much, I just wanted to go on reading but I couldn’t. I kept scrolling up and down wanting to know the era of this story. After all, blue toilets and flowers being displayed? Oh well, Amy, Bella and Leanna with Pepper were more than a barrel of laughter – a story of women but I feel not aimed for Melissa’s women re ...more
Colleen B
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever read a book and just feel like it made your heart full?

Oh Melissa Foster... you've made me fall in love with yet another of your books. I want to be in one of Melissa Foster's novels. I don't even have to be a main character... I'd just be happy to be amongst the group of friends. (Although, I wouldn't complain if I could be Bella and have her friends and Caden and Evan.) And it's not even just the characters... Seaside Dreams made me want to drop everything and go live in a cottage
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Cheri
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
For some reason I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book. I absolutely love the larger Love in Bloom series, but the book that introduced us to the crew over at the Seaside Cottages didn't endear them to me. I am so glad I gave it a shot. I loved this book!

Not only did I love this book, but the Seaside group now owns a piece of my heart. Starting with Bella. What a wonderfully compassionate woman she is! Honestly, there were a couple times I thought her compassion may be too much, but Melissa
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Davidandkelley Crandall
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again Foster has seamlessly written a love story that will capture your heart. Again I like that these books can be read as stand-alone but highly recommend you read the entire series and you will want to after reading just one of the many! Bella and Caden are grounded and charming and I was elated to finally get involved in her story since first meeting her in another book. Caden puts family first which makes him all the more endearing as a ladies man.

I have yet to become bored and am intr
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Elizabeth
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Rachel
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Melissa Foster’s books and have had the pleasure of reading all of her Love In Bloom series and have loved every single one. Seaside Dreams was no exception. I was hooked from page one. If you have read Read, Write, Love! you will remember Bella (she was one of Leanna’s friends) and Seaside Dreams is all about her. She has decided that relationships are a waste of time, too many lying cheating men about and she wants to take a step back. she has the best friends, they love to play pranks, ...more
Jessica
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As with all of Melissa Foster's books, this one didn't take long to pull me into it! Bella has gone back to the same small beach community every summer since she was little. This summer was no different, but she didn't plan to leave the community when the summer was over! She had bigger plans in store for herself! When a prank goes awry, we meet Officer Caden Grant!

From the time Caden was introduced, I wanted him & Bella together! Sparks flew from the screen of my iPad when I was reading wh
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“It’s nice for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m forcing myself on him.” She smiled, like she completely understood. “That’s what being a teenager is all about. They’re confused as hell, so it’s only natural for their parents to be confused, too. I say, give them rope. Tug them in when they need it, and give ’em more rope when they earn it. If they don’t hang themselves, you’ve done well. If they do, then you probably still did well, but you missed a hint of trouble along the way.” She set the frame back on the mantel and looked at the others. When she continued, her tone was serious but cushioned with compassion. “What’s most important is that if you did miss something, you don’t leave him hanging until his eyes pop out and he can’t find his way back. You lift him up by the bootstraps and kick him in the ass—figuratively, not literally. Walk with him down a better path. Give him the tools he needs and the understanding to become a better person. Teach yourself to become a better parent; then you both move forward together. A little bruised, a little embarrassed, but whole.” 0 likes
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