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Seaside Dreams

(Seaside Summers #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,098 ratings  ·  332 reviews
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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Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 'Not-a-date' Stars!

I've always wanted to check out Melissa Foster's books since I read a short story by hers a while ago and also I really enjoy series based around families and a close group of friends. I've had this freebie for the longest time on my Kindle and I finally decided to read it yesterday. I enjoyed reading Seaside Dreams, it was sweet, very light in drama and quite sexy. I am a sucker for single dad romances and Caden was pretty great!

I am definitely curious to know more about
Debra Johnson
2 stars

Bored me to sleep.
Major yawn fest.

Written more for very prim & proper young girls romance story.
Not for me.
Big Joe  Rossi
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, and this series are quick read, witty romance. No twist, just laughs and love.

Bella Abbascia has been coming to Wellfleet and the Seaside Cottages since she was a kid, along with her friends. This time though she is in transition having quit her job and put her house up. Now she has to figure out what and who she wants to be.

Caden Grant is a new town cop. A new start after his partner was killed. He decides he needs a change, not willing to make his son an orphan. We he meets Bella
Jody Holford
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really, truly enjoyed this book. Not just the friendships and awesome setting but the relationship between Caden & Bella and Evan.

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 f
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
Sana Zameer
After reading a very good book from Melissa Foster I found this quite boring and the writing very mediocre. The main characters were annoying. Bella was confused most of the time about her feelings and decisions. After reading about the 'hurt caused by her ex and swearing off all men' for about umpteenth time it didn't took her anytime to fall in lust with Caden.
Caden Grant is a cop and a father of a fourteen year old Evan. I thought he was stupid not to see the anxieties in his son and pursue t
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Denise Vasak
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
There were a lot of problems in this book. The main angst of this story was SO ridiculous. It wasn't even teen angsty that's how much of a non-starter it was. Really? She's swearing off men because one guy, ONE GUY, lied to her? And then she continues to tell us that he's not why she changed her life? So why all the fuss about the guy? The "hurt" that Caden can see in her eyes? From what? A guy that clearly doesn't mean a hill of beans to her as she tells us REPEATEDLY.

There were some really go
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has it all. I laughed and fell in love with the characters. This book is a quick read and listen. Each page was a new adventure I could not wait to go on. I can totally see myself hanging out with the characters and helping out with the pranks. You get laughs, hot steamy sexy times, and serious times that have you stepping back feeling for the characters and what they are going through.

The narrator is B.J. Harrison who is one of my favorite narrators. His voice really gets me into the
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
I have read Melissa Foster books before and loved them so thought I would give this series a try.... and I was not disappointed! I love the writing style that she has, the way that she can grip hold of the readers attention and make them forget that the characters aren't real and that the story isn't really happening in real life.

Oh how I wished I was Bella! I very rarely feel envious of any of the characters that I read of in books but Melissa Foster knows just how to get your emotions going,
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak


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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: free, contemporary
3.25-3.5 RATING
Elena Johansen
DNF @ 17%, page 50 or so. I found the first red flag at only 2%, but it's disheartening to start DNFing books so early in the year, so I held on until I couldn't anymore.

In the first fifty pages, these are the things I found questionable or objectionable:

1. The physical depiction of women. One of the female lead's friends is described as having breasts "like bowling balls" coupled with a "tiny" waist that eventually leads to a unflattering comparison with Barbie dolls. The protagonist herself is
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bella has been coming to Seaside for years. Every summer, Bella, Leanna, Jenna & Amy get reacquainted & set off on their summer adventures. Since Leanna has found her way with Kurt & her jam making career, Bella has been dissatisfied with her life. She's quit her job as a school teacher & set up a probationary program for the summer. She's not going to let a man derail her plans. No relationship & no man until things are on track. Until he pulls in - hot, sexy policeman Caden. How is she suppose ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet, fun, beachy read. Although I got pretty annoyed at the back and forth between liking and dating and commitment.
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. Thi
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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 fr

Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
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
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
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
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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