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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Sam Barnes’ high-flying life in Dallas falls apart, he flees to the coastal town of Port Aransas and fades into the life of a reclusive beach bum. But things start to change when he meets Dave, a young widower working through his own loss; Shelly, owner of the Dream Bean coffee shop; Bo, a crusty old shrimper; and Allie, Bo’s free-spirited daughter. Together they are ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Jeff Hampton, Writer / JL Books and Creations
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Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve lived in Texas for almost fourteen years, but I’ve never been to the Gulf Coast, and my first thought when reading Aransas Morning was, “I have to correct that error.”

My second thought was that beach towns are essentially the same whether they’re in New Jersey, California, Mexico, or, apparently, Texas, and as a long-time visitor and some-time resident of such towns, I really loved how well the author, Jeff Hampton, captured the laid-back vibe so inherent to such places. There’s just someth
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A few of the conversations and interactions between the characters were a bit awkward and dry, but I think that had to do with the characters' personal peculiarities. This story had a group of shy, recluse, broken people coming together and relearning how to interact with others again. The characters' backstories were incredible and clever. They meshed together beautifully and each story complemented the others.

I personally think it should have been titled, Dream Bean, because it seemed to be c
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aransas Morning will sneak up on you when you least expect it, lasso your heart, and then tug at it throughout the story! Reader beware!

When the story opens, we are taken to Mustang Island, just south of Port Aransas, Texas, and we meet Sam. Unsure how likable he would be, I immediately pictured him as a not-so-young beach bum - a drifter. The author really doesn't give us a lot to go on. There's no action, no conflict, no drama. But that's because it's only the calm before the storm.

We are intr
Lorilei Gonzales
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
For me, characters carry a book. If I don't care about the characters or find them impossible to believe, I can't read more than a few chapters. Hampton's characters pulled me in; hook, line, and sinker. And there was even a beautiful pace in which each new character came along and the narrative followed them a bit.

Sam Barnes is a beatdown man who just bums around the beach. He works the odd job so he can eat canned soup in his tin can of a trailer home. Locals know who he is, but nobody really
Jenn Belden
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I haven't yet had the chance to visit the Port Aransas area of Texas (yet), but from author Jeff Hampton's descriptions, it has the same sleepy feel of other touristy beach locations I am familiar with, rife with locals that my dad would describe as "characters".  Aransas Morning is a wonderful character study with enough well-developed action to drive the plot forward and create some excellent tension.

The pace of the book is slow and easy, and I slipped into its rhythm like the ebb and flow of
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been quite an interesting journey for a series. I say this because I did in fact read both books. I may have somehow read them backwards, but I read both. So here we go with a sort of backwards take of Jeff Hampton’s work.
Let’s start off with what very well could be the most enchanting aspect of “Aransas Evening”. The descriptions. Keep in mind that this is coming from someone who proudly called Port Aransas their home for several years. So when I say that Hampton perfectly captures th
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My introduction to author, Jeff Hampton, was his book, Aransas Morning. This entertaining book has an eclectic group of main characters. There is Shelly, who lost her parents in a car crash and recently opened a coffee shop called Shelly's Dream Bean. And Dave, a young widow from Dallas. There is Bo, the grumpy old shrimper and his long lost daughter, Allie. And last but not least, there is Sam, the beach bum who left his life in Dallas when everything fell apart. "Some friends are closer than f ...more
Erika Herman
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this "local" book. Great characters, quick chapters, interesting stories! Looking forward to reading the next one! Great beach read! ...more
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During a 30-year career in journalism and communications, Jeff Hampton has covered and written about topics ranging from business and finance to history and faith. His bylines have appeared in publications ranging from The Dallas Morning News to The New York Times.

The son and grandson of elementary school teachers and administrators, Hampton had his first piece of fiction published in a school dis

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