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Sunset Bay Sanctuary

(Sunset Bay #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people--and animals--desperate for a new beginning . . .

Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it al
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Zebra Shout
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m no stranger to Roxanne Snopek’s work—her Three River Ranch series is one of my favourites of all time—and Sunset Bay Sanctuary definitely had a similar vibe for me, with a strong message that DNA isn’t a necessary requirement to call people family. And once I’d wrapped my head around the who’s who of characters—because we do have a few, human and hound—it was an enjoyable, promising start to the series.

description We’re called Sanctuary Ranch for a reason.”

Harbouring painful pasts, both dog whisper
Roxanne Snopek
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Perhaps every author feels this way about certain books, but this one has a special place in my heart. This isn't a review, obviously. I love Sunset Bay, these characters, this story, and I hope you will, too. Happy reading! -roxanne ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sunset Bay Sanctuary

Roxanne Snopek

I have read a few other books by Roxanne Snopek before but after reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I will read every book she has written. I instantly felt like I was on the beach in Oregon dodging seagulls and feeling the sand between my toes. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the first book in the Sunset Bay series. It's all about family and even though you might not share DNA with these family members, you are still family no matter what. Haylee has had a painful past and w
3.25 stars
I liked this book as it tackled several issues death of a child, family, teenage pregnancy, adoption, finding birth parents etc. and featured a whole host of characters. I think that was the problem, it felt less like a romance and more of a romantic fiction. H/h both have messy pasts and the book deals with them so the romance or whatever is barely there. I still liked it.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, wrenching love story about family and healing. I liked that the leads, Haylee and Aidan were in their 30s instead of the ubiquitous 20s so popular currently. And there's an older couple and they happen to be a lesbian couple. Their relationship wasn't the focus though they played important roles in the story. Snopek wrote a lovely story of the family we're born into, the family you make, the choices you make, and the pain that comes to everyone. With insight, hope, and quiet tugs at the ...more
Cathy Geha
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek
Sunset Bay #1

Great start to a new series set on the Oregon coast – I can’t wait to see who will have their story told yet – there were so many great characters waiting in the wings to step on stage!

Haylee Hanson has not had an easy life but has found her way through dark times to co-own Sunset Bay Sanctuary with her aunt Oliva. This is a ranch setting near the beach where they take in guests, help wayward youth and where Haylee trains dogs that will help oth
Isha Coleman
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sunset Bay Sanctuary (Sunset Bay) by Roxanne Snopek  

Ms. Snopek makes it hard not to believe in happily ever after. The trials of being human are realistic and painful, but ever the optimist, Snopek finds a way to heal as she entertains. There will be tears, but there will also be moments of hope and that is something everyone needs. Sunset Bay Sanctuary opens the eyes to life's missed opportunities, but it also unlocks the heart to endless possibilities. Informative, innovative, overflowing wit
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear Aiden,
Your world has fallen apart, and you’re a broken man. But even as you run away from your fears, Fate has given you a second chance.

There are places of healing in this world…
Places where all your broken pieces can rest where they are-- while you wrestle through the puzzle of putting yourself back together.

Sunset Bay Sanctuary is such a place.
There is peace in the roar of the ocean and the sting of the salt-wind.
There is support when you need it-- but no coddling here…
There is no one
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Words cannot describe how much I loved and was moved by Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek, the first book in her Sunset Bay series. This is a story of two people who are struggling with soul-crushing pain, anxieties, and past decisions that have affected their lives. Haylee Hansen trains dog on her aunt’s ranch which is part halfway house and part work camp. It’s a place where troubled kids and adults receive the love they greatly need. Haylee understands, as she was once one of thos ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
4.5 stars

Sunset Bay Sanctuary was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a romance with people who were broken or damaged, healing themselves, and falling in love. It’s that and so much more. I read the blurb several times. Nowhere in the blurb did I get a sense that this was going to be a story that would almost bring me to tears. A story that would have me hating, yes, hating the characters. Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a story full of love, friendship, family, and angst. I can’t forget
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
Haylee and Mac both have had tragic pasts. This book covered so much- there was death of a child and parents, teenage pregnancy, adoption, the adoptive parents are horrible trope, animals are healing. There was so much going on. There were so many characters too. I had a hard time connecting with both leads. I probably would have given this a 3*, but then something happened that I really didn't like.
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes romance with a little suspense and a HEA
I received an ARC copy of Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek in exchange for an honest review. I would give this sweet romance a solid 4.5 rating. I enjoyed the way Ms. Snopek brought two hurting people together along with other characters that also grew and benefited as the story progressed. In addition to romance there were times of suspense that definitely kept me turning the pages. Besides the happy-ever-after I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, Haylee, trained service dogs...sometimes ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I do hope that Sunset Bay Sanctuary is the beginning of a new series for Roxanne Snopek. I did so enjoy this book about healing animals and people through a working/training/refuge ranch. Three is an entire cast of likable and believable characters who I would love to see have their own stories. Haylee Hansen, niece to the owner of the ranch, now a dog and horse expert has her story in this book.

Aiden McCall is the type of person who would benefit from Sunset Bay Sanctuary. It is a marvelous
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another heart-warming story by Roxanne Snopek. An easy read with interesting characters, it's the type of book you want to read after a hard day. In addition, the dogs make it even more pleasurable. I am sure that I will be reading more about Sunset Bay in the future.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters were flawed, but likable; and their problems/challenges seemed relatable (as did their reactions). This was a quick read of the best type.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of my favorite things; a ranch, the Pacific coast, rescue dogs, and more. I loved the characters and how all of their backgrounds had things that brought them to the ranch to heal. The characters all had a way of bonding and coming together for one another. Just enough romance! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I requested this free ARC copy in return for an honest review, so here goes.....

Romantic and refreshing.... A beautifully told story that captivated from the start. An amazing storyline that flows easily. An honest portrayal of an uplifting love story that is well written, edited and to the point, kept me entertained throughout. With memorable characters that you are sure to fall in love with. The characters and events in this book are completely relatable.

Brilliantly detailed, with realistic w
Kathleen Gray
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you need a heartwarming novel that will lift your spirits, this is the one for you. Snopek has created an entirely believable cast of characters at the Sanctuary Ranch, which makes this all the better. Haylee benefited from her aunt's love and healing touch and now she passes that on to the animals and people who come to the ranch. Aidan has dealt with a lot of pain in his job at the emergency room and now he too is in pain. You know, don't you, that Haylee is not just going to match the perf ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a place of healing. Both people and animals are welcome. Haylee Hansen has lived with her Aunt ever since she lost her family and needed the sanctuary to heal, but an unexpected guest will bring her past into the present. Aiden McCall needs a change. He is a trauma unit Emergency Room Doctor who is broken. The small town hospital is what he needs yet he still has issues that threaten his new job. Haylee is working hard to find the perfect dog for Aiden. Together they will ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. Haylee and her aunt run a sanctuary in a small town. Haylee has created a life for herself after living through a past of losses. Keeping her dogs close and the rest of the world out until Aiden shows up looking to get over the loss in his life. They are both drawn to each other and help each other heal. With twists and turns from the past they make a future together with all the strays that end up at Sanctuary Bay.
Robin Bielman
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful, heartwarming read from one of my favorite people!
Charlene Groome
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt romance. Roxanne excels at making you care about her characters and she does with Sunset Bay Sanctuary.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was PAINFULLY S-L-O-W to start and very hard to get into until about mid-way through. Unfortunately, it then ran into other problems, ending up downright frustrating.

First and foremost, if -- like me -- you were drawn to this book by its promise of "therapy dog" and "animal sanctuary", this book is not going to be for you. For someone who is supposed to be an "animal whisperer" and dog lover, Haylee is woefully ignorant of animal behavior and training and lacking in actual compassion a
Nicole Normand
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review. #SunsetBaySanctuary #NetGalley
-I loved the way the relationship between Dr. Mac and Haylee grew; no insta-love, not lust, but a twinge of interest and a planted seed by friends and family.
-They both have baggage, working through them slowly but surely. It's not that easy.
-There are many people in this book but I could differentiate them: ranch, hospital, etc.; then the workers, the fosters, and the customers (we didn't much of those).
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has the emotional impact of a speeding freight train. It’s going to take you out at the knees, knock you down, and drag you through a minefield before it lifts you up with the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Just make sure to grab a box of tissues before you sit down to read it. At first, Haylee and Aiden seem to be an unlikely couple but as we learn more about each of them, it becomes obvious why they’re perfect for one another. Both of them have enough past baggage to fill that speed ...more
Bette Hansen
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book to start what should be an absolutely amazing new series that I can't wait to read more of. This book has so many incredible characters and a story that has so many facets it's hard to boil it down to just a few lines without giving anything away. The author did a fantastic job of developing these characters and really giving us their backstories so we can understand the people they are today. She also painted a beautiful picture of the small Oregon town the story takes pla ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, doctor
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
An enjoyable story with interesting main and secondary characters, a plot full of surprises and a beautiful setting.
The depiction of the burned out doctor still hurting from the cruelest tragedy is powerful in the beginning of the book, but somehow the allure of the broken/tortured hero is lost throughout the narrative as the character’s voice becomes a bit too corny or even conceited (his assumptions about why some women go into nur
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, one the best books that I have in awhile. The first book in a new series that takes place in a small coastal town of Oregon. Haylee, takes care of dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Dr Aiden is the new ER doctor. Both individuals have broken pasts that still haunt them but with each other they begin to heal. You will go on an emotional journey with Haylee and Aiden, but to see their growth together is heartwarming. Plus, with puppies and babies, how can you go wrong. I can't wait to r ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book in a "goodreads giveaway", and while this isn't the genre I usually read I really enjoyed it! You really feel for the characters and tho the story is a little slow moving it never lost my interest. I really like the ranch reviews at the beginning of every chapter too. I also just noticed that this is the first book in a series, I will definitely be looking up the next book! ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is a mess

I am a big fan of Roxanne’s writing! Once again she has written a story with true to life characters dealing with the issues life has handed them. Aiden and Haylee each have their pasts they are trying to keep buried but learn they can heal and have a second chance.
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