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Love in Catalina Cove

(Catalina Cove #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  199 reviews
In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…

In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting h
Mass Market Paperback, 459 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by HQN
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Scott isn’t the only guy I’ve loved that let me down. Therefore I can’t be one and done. I’m two and through.

Ms. Gertie would also butt heads all the time with Sheriff Phillips, all generations of them, and was quick to remind them that she delivered them into the world and would have given them an extra whack on their rear end if she’d known they would grow up to be power-grabbing men.

My Review:

Oh what a tangled web vile and duplicitous snobs can weave just to save face. I enj
4.5 stars- Look my review of 'Love in Catalina Cove', by Brenda Jackson, on the Harlequin Junkies website in the near future. To find more book reviews, visit
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

Vashti’s life has been a rocky one. At sixteen she got pregnant but she never admitted who the father was, which was enough for the little town of Catalina Cove to be against her. To protect her, her parents took her to a home for unwed mothers and left her there alone until the baby was born. Only to die a few hours after being delivered. Later on in life, Vashti got married to Scott only to be cheated on. Now, at the age of thirty-two, with her divorce finalized, she’s inheriting her
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Ever read a book just because of its cover? That was the case for me when I came across Love in Catalina Cove while browsing through Netgalley. I kept coming across the book and the cover whore in me kept screaming to request it, so I finally did just that. I just hoped that I wouldn't be let down by taking a chance on this new-to-me author.

Vashti Alcindor vowed never to return to the small town of Ca
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dramatic, romantic, and uplifting!

Love in Catalina Cove is an engaging, lighthearted read that takes us to coastal Louisiana and into the life of Vashti Alcindor as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, including a recent divorce, being laid off, reopening her aunt's B&B, a blossoming courtship, and returning to the hometown that shunned her following a teen pregnancy.

The writing is smooth and effortless. The characters are strong, confident, and dependable. And the plot, although a
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, kindle, for-review
I know I am going to be in the minority when I say Love in Catalina Cove was just an OK read for me.. I wanted to love it, but I just didn't. I did like the setting and most of the characters. The little town of Catalina Cove sounds like it is a place I'd love to visit. I also liked the two main characters, Vashti and Sawyer. I felt bad for Vashti for what happened to her. I also liked Sawyer's relationship with his daughter Jade. Their relationship was really neat and fun to read.

What I didn't
Romance Rehab
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Guest Review by mom, romance fanatic, and (someday) published author Summer Raines!

This is a hard review for me to write because I find myself very conflicted. I was excited to get this book, a “bombshell of a secret” sounded exciting. I also have a soft spot for Louisiana, so that was a bonus. I even teared up a little in a few spots. But I was mostly bored. My conundrum is that even though this book didn’t really do it for me, I could see that a lot of people WOULD enjoy it.
Vashti has a checke
Steph's Romance Book Talk
It took a little bit to get into this story because there were a few extra characters that have a start within this story. However, once the story focused completely around Vashti and Sawyer the pace and intrigue really drew me into this smoking hot connection. Sawyer pulls Vashti over when she is reluctantly returning to Catalina Cove to take care of some family business. Vashti has been burned by men and the town before so she had no interest in any man that lives in her small town after they ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

I honestly did not know what to expect going in, but I'm a huge fan of a couple of the author's other series and I don't think you can go wrong with Brenda Jackson. I'll say other than having cursing a storm at the end of the book, it was actually very enjoyable to read, with very little angst and a lot of drama, which was quite appropriate given the subject matter.

Vashti Alcindor planned to never return
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
4.5 stars. Maybe 4?

This book made me cry, it made me swoon, and it made me go 'Oh no they didn't!'

I missed sleep and half paid attention while at work trying to finish this puppy. It was a bit of a slow start until you start piecing bits and clues together and they you just get swept into the romance and into the mystery.

It's very old-school soap opera with all of the family drama, but it was fun to guess 'who dun it' so to speak. (Though after mid book or so, everything was a bit predictable, w
I want to know why Bryce has iced out Kaegan. Did I miss something? I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the second in the series, "Forget Me Not". I've had a couple of misses with Ms. Jackson in the recent past, but "Love in Catalina Cove" is a definite winner that I'd highly recommend.

Review to come
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from TLC Booktours in exchange for an honest review. After reading quite a few thrillers recently this book was a lovely change of pace. This was a love story set in Catalina Cove, Louisiana. Vashti has returned to her hometown for the first time since leaving as soon as she finished high school. She has returned fourteen years later only to sell her aunt’s inn after her death. Vashti doesn’t have fond memories of her home town after encountering scrutiny and ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow is all i can say about this read...loved it
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was incredibly flat, and it was hard to read. I kept wanting to skip a whole bunch of pages, but was afraid I’d miss the paragraph where the pace picked up.

The two leads had no chemistry, matter of fact, they reminded me of teenagers. His personality was particularly boring, at complete odds with his description.

The conversations reminded me of two kids on the phone when it’s to to go, ‘you hang up, no you hang up’

This was bad y’all, really really bad.
Loraine Oliver
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Love in Catalina Cove is the first book in the Catalina Cove series by Brenda Jackson. It is a great first read, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Vashti Alcindor lived on Catalina Cove, however was moved away when she was 16, because she was pregnant. Her parents would not listen to her but she kept her baby until after she gave birth and was told she had a baby boy that was born sick and died 6 hours later. The whole town wondered who Vashti had been going around with but she t
Debra Guyette
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove after a devastating pregnancy left her childless and heartbroken. After university, she moved to New York City and vowed to never return home. Unfortunately, she finds herself returning when she inherits her aunt's Bed and Breakfast. Her return does not go as well as she thought when she is given a ticket by the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, and her bid to sell the B&B is thwarted. When she is approached by a secret benefactor to renovate and reopen the place, s ...more
Amy’s Booket List
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a likeable story about a woman who overcomes a difficult past. Instead of continuing to run from her pain, she returns to Catalina Cove to face all of the people who had betrayed her, only to find freedom in her new home.

I really liked Vashti, her story, and her strength, but I never fully connected with her. I say that, but I can’t pinpoint a reason. Other reviewers are not having this problem, so it may have been my mood. For the
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first Brenda Jackson book, and I have decidedly mixed feelings. This had quite possibly THE SOAPIEST plot I have ever read, and I am a once-upon-a-time fan of As the World Turns, so I consider that a big plus. (view spoiler) On the downside, whoever copy edited this was sleeping on the dang job, because holy comma errors, Batman! Seriously, step up your game, Harlequin. Also, the hero was a total douchecanoe to his ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was very soapy, in a lot of ways. A lot of characters, big huge secrets and even bigger lies. Honestly, what happened to Vashti was just tragic and I’m not sure how I’d react in those circumstances but I’m not sure I’d be able to forgive quite so easily. It was definitely not what I was expecting from the blurb - this definitely wasn’t the usual small town romance and while I’m glad of it, it was hard for me to believe that Vashti could forgive her parents that easily for what they did to h ...more
LaChelle Weaver
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by this author and she didn’t disappoint. I’m not usually a romance reader but I was drawn to the beautiful cover and the author’s popularity among fellow readers so I decided to take a chance and I’m so glad I did. I loved everything about Catalina Cove: The B&B, Shelby by the Sea, Witherspoon Cafe, its close proximity to New Orleans which is one of my favorite places to visit. But some of the residents left a lot to be desired when deep, dark secrets are revealed that le ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished this soapy romance novel yesterday and omg, I didn’t realize what I was getting into. The romance stuff was sweet and sexy but there is an entire other story as well with teen pregnancy and family secrets that really kept me listening. This was my first Brenda Jackson book and I can understand why she’s such a wildly popular author.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, contemporary

Listened to the audiobook.
The book had some great drama and I loved the Catalina Cove setting. It was a little lengthy though if I am being honest, and the beginning especially felt very slow. I am looking forward to reading Bryce's book!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's my first time reading a book by this author but I really loved it. The whole plot was unbelievably good. While reading I kept thinking I know where the story was going and then bam it took a turn I didn't expect and what a pleasant surprise that was. Absolutely fantastic!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
I LOVED this book!!! It was so good. I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
Jul 10, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I was truly excited for this book when I started, it had a great summary and so many people are raving about it. BUTTTTT I'm on page 145 and I'm bored. I'm tired of reading the same phrases about the amazing sexual chemistry between the leads and lastly I'm only 20% in and I've already guess one of the main twists. So b/c I haven't finished this book I'm not going to rate it. Maybe I'll try this author again someday.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Slow moving. The last quarter of the book was surprising but ultimately I think it would’ve made a great short story.
WOW...took me a minute to get through this reading game has been off! Good read...a bit repetitive...but still a sweet story overall. Vashti and Sawyer’s attraction is INSTANT...and all the drama throughout made for quite a journey to a HEA.
Tosin King
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scribd
It was a good book, not as great as other Brenda Jackson books that I have read. The last half of the book was better than the first half.
Great start for a new series. This story was all that and more. Looking forward to visiting the Cove again.
Tiffany Reads
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
“Because I was told that anger, bitterness, and animosity are too much baggage for anyone to carry around. At some point you have to let it go. Otherwise it will destroy you.”

This book had a slow build to a far-fetched climax. Overall, it was an ok book that didn’t have me rushing to my kindle whenever I had a free moment. 3 stars
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In 1994, Brenda Jackson’s first novel, Tonight and Forever, was released. Since then she has had more than 100 novels and novellas published (the first African-American author to accomplish such a feat) and has over 3 million books in print.

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