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Sand Castle Dreams

(Tradewinds #2)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Sometimes we have to face our greatest fears in order to become whole again.

Returning to Maui after one of the most challenging summers of her life, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is ready for things to return to normal—or, at least, a new normal. But even though she and her sister are back on the island they love, nothing is the same since they left for Boston a few
Paperback, 237 pages
Published 2019 by Mountain Brook Ink
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R.F. Gammon
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The characters! The puppy! The struggles! The mysteries!!!! AGH I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. All of it. It broke me, but I loved it. <3
Lisa Elis
this was such a worthy sequel and I enjoyed every moment of it!! (literally read it in under 24 hours of getting the arc) at first I was slightly suspicious and wondering because the plot seemed to start so similar to Porch Swing Girl and I was just like ... "??? is this a rip off of the first book?" but nooooo. it was it's own thing.

I loved Olive's journey of healing and learning to be a friend. loved seeing the conflicts and dynamics between friends, and the theme that EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN
April 2020 feels so far awayyy
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for discussion of alcoholism, dealing with grief, some bullying.
Best for Ages: 13 - 20

I usually dislike books written in first person present tense. I have trouble getting into them. However, these books are so good, I love them despite that.

This book deals with some hard stuff head-on, like grief, facing fears, friendship difficulties, and alcohol abuse. Without being crude, overly detailed, or whitewashing, this book addresses those issues and more is a powerful
Micaiah Saldaña
My Rating: Four and a Half Slices of Key Lime Pie out of Five

What I Loved...

I loved the way that friendships were portrayed. Brander, Jazz, and Olive are such a great friend group! I wish that YA fiction had more friend groups like them. Too often YA books focus on romance. Which brings me to my next point…

The “romance” going on didn’t take over the story. The focus of the story wasn’t on the romance, and the subtle romance didn’t take over the story as it does in so many books. I loved this
so cute! i read this in about one day, and now i need the next book.

/ what i liked:
- it's so refreshing to read a YA contemporary that's just plain good and sweet and clean. it's Christian, but not overwhelmingly so or in a cliche way.
- the characters aren't perfect. i normally don't enjoy the Christian contemporary genre bc all the characters seem to be perfect Christians and their lives are great, etc. but Taylor Bennett's characters aren't perfect. they're broken and dealing with grief
I was excited to pick up this book after the first. While I did like seeing the characters again, I didn't enjoy this nearly as much.
This book felt much more disjointed, the theme not as clear as the first one. A couple of characters seemed to turn nice really fast as well.
This author does have a good writing style, and I will be picking up the next book.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the incredible privilege to receive an advanced reader's copy of Sand Castle Dreams by the amazing Taylor Bennett! Let me tell you guys, this book gave me a major book hangover! It's written in such a way, that you become so involved in the story, so attached to the characters, that you feel like you, yourself, are part of the book.

Sand Castle Dreams is the sequel to Porch Swing Girl, but don't let the word "sequel" scare you off. It is, by no means, less than Porch Swing Girl.

S.G. Willoughby
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was SO excited for this to come out. I'm not sure it can compare to the effect Porch Swing Girl had on me when I read it because of where I was emotionally then. I sobbed through PSG. But this one was still really good.

Taylor Bennet did a great job of showing the character's growth and change while still making them the same characters, not quite healed yet, but learning to grieve the dreams washed away by the waves of life.

Despite what I said about the special place PSG has in my heart, I did
Keturah Lamb
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than book one, faster paced with more great lessons to be learned, and some raw emotions to take you on a riveting ride! While you can read this book on it's own, I definitely recommend reading this series in order, as some of it won't make /as/ much sense.

I loved getting to know all the characters more. This story was mostly about Olive sorting through more of her grief ... there was less anger than in the first book, but still a lot of sadness. I really felt for her, and totally
Leslie M.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the anticipated sequel to Porch Swing Girl. It could make sense as a standalone, but it’s so much better if you read the stories in order. You gain a much better appreciation of the characters and story line that way.

Character development is strong, particularly in relation to Olive. Her struggles along the way are relatable, and the care she has for her friends, Jazz and Brander, is heartwarming. There’s a bit more of a focus in this book on Jazz than on Olive. I love the fact that the
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are frequent reader of YA fiction, you know how hard it is to find good clean books without them being cheesy. That is not the case with this book. The characters are relatable, the storyline is intriguing, and the romance in the series isn't rushed, nor is it the main focus of the series. I highly recommend this book, although one might want to read the first book in the series, Porch Swing Girl, before you read this one so as not to be confused. And I mean, come on; look at that ...more
Katlyn Grace
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sand Castle Dreams was a great encouragement to my soul. Taylor Bennett beautifully unraveled a plot that told a story of staying true to friends, trusting God, and finding beauty even in pain. Highly recommend to those who are looking for a lovely clean, Christian Fiction novel!
Edward Arrington
If I did not know the author is a teenager, I would think this book was written by an older adult. The wisdom and life lessons she shares concerning the hurting teenagers in the story show a grasp of dealing with grief that many adults have yet to work through. Not only that, the matter of earning trust and being able to keep confidences is something many adults still cannot do. Olive was struggling desperately to deal with the loss of her mother and did not feel she had anyone she could trust ...more
Emily Morgan
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
As with Porch Swing Girl, my favorite aspect of Sand Castle Dreams was definitely the strong narrative voice of the protagonist, Olive. Really pulling off a distinct, dynamic first-person narrative is difficult, and Taylor does a wonderful job of making Olive come to life on the page.

In fact, most of the character cast felt more alive in this book. Taylor dug deeper into them than before, brought to light their flaws, their struggles, and their fears in a way that felt truly human. She showed
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sand Castle Dreams is a young adult novel by author Taylor Bennett. This is book two in the Tradewinds series, it can act as a stand-alone. However, it is so good the reader will want to read the series.

This is a great exhilarating story that engages the young adult reader from the beginning. The reader spends time in Maui with relatable characters Olive, Jazz and Brander. Jazz wears a prosthesis after her leg was amputated because of a tumor, and Olive’s mom has passed away.

This book deals with
Becky Dempsey
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sand Castle Dreams" is the second Tradewinds Series book and starts shortly after the first book "Porch Swing Girl". I think it would be best to read the books in order, but "Sand Castle Dreams" does fill you in on the major points of the first book. I found the book to be well written and I liked the pace and the characters. I could feel Olive's frustrations and hurts and how she tries to shield herself from more heartache but wants to help her friends. This book is good for showing that the ...more
Samantha Watson
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
After a summer of swearing she'd never come back and then falling in love, Olive Galloway is back on Maui. Her and her sister are thrilled, but something isn't right with Olive's friend Jazz. Between joining a support group with Jazz, suggested by their friend Brander, fluffy puppies, and a viral video, Olive's stuck going straight towards her biggest fear.

Taylor has once again knocked a book right out of the ballpark! I had to force myself to put the book down, I was so excited to be back on
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I enjoyed Porch Swing Girl, but Sand Castle Dreams blew me away. So well written. I love that Taylor wasn't afraid to go after hard questions or themes. I loved how she took me through Olive's emotions. Also, I loved watching her transform as character. There were a couple times I wanted to shake her, but only because I cared and wanted to see her grow. And she did. I enjoyed watching Taylor's writing skills transform between the two novels and can't wait to see what she has in store for ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sand Castle Dreams" is the second book in the Tradewinds Series. It begins not long after the first book "Porch Swing Girl". The book is well written and I liked the pace and characters. I read “Sand Castle Dreams” so Olive, Jazz, and Brander felt like old friends. A Christian’s life is not always easy and this books shows us that God is with us all the time. The characters are teens but they have to face deep issues such as dealing with grief, trust and budding romance. I recommend this book to ...more
Jill Willis
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Life sure is complicated if you're a teen. Layer on a deceased mom, self home-schooling and a rambunctious puppy, and you have one overwhelmed girl. Olive does her best to stay strong for her little sister and for her new bestie, Jazz, but is frustrated at every turn, especially when she learns her friend is hiding a secret. When her other friend, Brander, is offered an opportunity on the other side of the country, she's left with yet another loss. I can't wait for the next book!
Grace Rocca
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was so looking forward to this book! Porch swing girl charmed me and this sequel did not disappoint. I loved getting to know Jazz more and her backstory. I loved the character development and story line. If your looking for a clean, wholesome, feel-good story then this is for you!
Victoria Kimble
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bennett has done an excellent job crafting her characters. With this second book, it felt like I was visiting dear friends, as I walked this path with Olive, Jazz, and Brander. These characters feel real, and that's my favorite part of stories.
Terry Roelke
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! A sequel worth waiting for. Bennett weaves a beautiful tale of friendship and God’s redeeming love. A book for all ages.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I appreciated it most about this book was the author's well orchestrated look at grief. It's messy, it doesn't always make sense, and it doesn't fit into a once size fits all box.
Olivia Farnsworth
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of recovering from grief and helping friends through difficult times.
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