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Seaside Letters

(Nantucket #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,081 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Their letters could lead to lasting love . . . or expose Sabrina's mortifying secret.

Sabrina Kincaid didn't intend to fall for Nantucket native Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning-a man tied deeply to a past she deeply regrets. But she has. And she's fallen hard.

But she's kept this a secret from her handsome customer. And now Tucker wants to hire Sabr
320 pages
Published 2009 by Thomas Nelson
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Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read alot of Denise Hunters books and some appeal to me more than others, I would like to note one thing, that while I appreciate there needs to be some suspense when it comes to the main characters, and I love that its usually the male character that has the persistence to not bail on the never ending cycle of doubt and self-criticism the leading lady usually has, I would love if the deep dark troubles holding her back weren't over come in the last couple of pages. I really would love a sl ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Sabrina never intended to fall in love with Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning at a Nantucket cafe - especially since he's unwittingly tied to a past she deeply regrets. But she's fallen hard, though she keeps her feelings a secret.

When Tucker learns Sabrina is the research assistant for a local mystery writer, he asks Sabrina to help him with a little sleuthing of his own... locating an elusive woman he's fallen for online.

If Sabrina accepts the job, she'll spend her even
Karen R
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unrequited love, the power of shame and a lot of bottled up romantic tension all builds to a sizzling conclusion. Sort of a twist on You've Got Mail. Have to admit that this frustrated me to the point of wanting to quit reading about halfway through, but glad I didn't. Wanted to shout at the main characters, "Would you tell each other the truth already!" The ending was totally worth it. Keep reading. You'll be glad you did. ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Engaging and gripping; just how I like my novels.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
I first read this book about ten years ago, and I recently picked it up again as part of a reading challenge. It was just as great the second time around :-)

This book is too cute! Overall, the book is simply delightful, slightly unexpected, and wholly romantic. And I loved the way Tucker wooed Sabrina both online and in person. It's a lovely, clean rom-com with depth, and I highly recommend it. 5 stars.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A young woman running from poor judgement, a young man falling in love, searching for the woman he know is hidden under the tough exterior layer.
The last thing Sabrina Kincaid wants to do is find the woman Tucker McCabe has fallen in love with through an Internet chat room. But to refuse is to put herself in a worse bind- because that woman is her! And Tucker holds the key to her worst secret, a secret if revealed will ruin their "relationship" for eternity.
I don't even have words to truly prais
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
It was cute, that being said...with most of her books the main character seems to have some HUGE deep dark secret that reveals itself at the end. I wish she'd change it up a bit. But cute.

Moral Note: Drinking & infedility in marriage.
Jun 04, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
I have read several Denise Hunter books over the last few months and I really liked some while I found others a little ho-hum. I liked the idea of this book, but not how it was executed. We find out almost right away that both characters know who they are writing to, but Sabrina doesn't know that Tucker knows. I just can not take a whole book of it - It's too much obvious lying. Sabrina (like most of Hunter's leading female characters) is super unlikable. I also read a review that spoiled what h ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is Christian fiction??? I did not finish reading the book because of all the lies, deceit and then blatant promiscuity I ran into when I finally got to the explanation of how her engagement broke up. REALLY very disappointing that this author thinks that the hero's manipulation, deceit, and malicious behavior is somehow "Christ-like" (the author makes a direct comparison of the hero to Christ in her Discussion questions.) Yes, Christ is forgiving but both of these main characters show no Ch ...more
Allison Henle
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sappy, overwrought, and illogical.
Maggie Carr
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Thanksgiving prep more enjoyable with a sweet romance audiobook. This may be close to the 10th Denise Hunter title I've devoured this year, I need to slow down and pace myself. I love the idea of getting to know a person through words instead of physical shared time to start a relationship, but the backstory of redemption make these characters realistic with depth and emotion. ♡ ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quit reading early on. I just couldn't get into what seemed like a real dumb story. ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing

I read Seaside Letters straight through in one day, and as busy as I am that is no small feat. Every time I pick up a romance by Denise Hunter I know I will get an awesome allegory about God's love for us. This story did just what I expected. It showed how we try to hide the truth about ourselves when all along Jesus knows who we are and he's just waiting for us to be real with Him and trust Him. And like Sabrina in the story, we don't understand how we can be forgiven. Yet, Christ woos us and t
Nora St Laurent
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At first this book reminded me of the movie, You’ve Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It’s similar because it talks about an online relationship but brings in so many more twists and turns—it’s great!

Denise Hunter has a note to her readers, it says, “I’m so thankful to have a God who seeks me out, one who persistently pursues me—despite my efforts to hide and build walls—and lavishes love on me like I’m his only child.” What a insight into this creative story.

Sabrina is a waitress and Tucke
Anna Marie
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Girl who has lied, cheated, rejected all family and friends, isn't pretty, isn't kind, isn't talented, forsaken any faith (she might've had), is allergic to everything and isn't even interested in making herself or her situation better...? Is the object of affection for a kind, talented, gentle, handsome, loyal man. Why? We don't know. She's just rude to him from moment one. He apparently likes being treated like crap. This is my second Denise Hunter book, and the same was true with the last one ...more
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it

Sabrina Kincaid (Sweetpea), a server at the Cobblestone Café, finds herself in a tangled web when she strikes up an internet relationship with a regular customer, Tucker McCabe (Harbormaster).

What Sabrina doesn't know is that Tucker intentionally initiated contact via "Nantucket Chat" in an effort to get closer to Sabrina, after overhearing she was a member there.

Reminiscent of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in “You’ve Got Mail”, this love story incorporates modern technology with old fashioned romance
***I received this book from the Amazon Vine program***

Sabrina Kincaid has been left too many times. She's given up on finding love and is settling for a comfortable email relationship. Tucker McCabe wants a relationship, so he enlists Sabrina to find the woman he who he is emailing. He has fallen in love with her and wants to meet her in person. Sabrina only agreed because she is that woman and doesn't want Tucker to know.

This is not the first Denise Hunter book in the Nantucket series I have r
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Did you love the movie "You've Got Mail"? If you did you will love this book even more. Story of a young woman whose parents die when she is 5 and is sent to live with her aunt, uncle and two beautiful cousins. She feels ugly next to her beauty pagent winning cousins and only blooms when she goes to college and meets a young man. They become engaged but when she takes him home he falls for one of her cousins and 6 days before their wedding she catches them together. Heartbroken she decides to go ...more
Daphne Self
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Are you in need of a wonderful love story? How about a love story of unconditional love and forgiveness? How about a story of not only unconditional love and forgiveness, but a dash of humor as well? In Seaside Letters, it is an online romance taking the wrong turn of mistaken identity, or is it? Sabrina has a past, one that Tucker is tied to, and she is hopeless in love with Tucker. Every morning she serves him coffee. Every morning he tries to muster up the nerve to talk to her. When he meets ...more
This book had a good premise but the execution was rather poor. All the subterfuge kept the story in neutral for too long, the emails were only excerpted so we never really got to see why they fell in love, and Sabrina's return to God takes up maybe two pages. All of that made the story feel maudlin and the ending was abrupt and not at all satisfying. This whole series has been way too light on the romance- and no I don't mean love scenes. Denise Hunter has and can do better.

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Faith Nguyen
Parts of what I enjoyed in this book was that cute online relationship they sort of had going and maybe a little bit of what went on at the cafe too but come on, just ask the girl out already. Why hide behind deceit and manipulation? I understand having a past you're not real proud of, and I'm fine with how typical romantic novels end, but where is this guy's loyalty to family? I felt like the book ended abruptly and the author wrapped up the ending under 5 pages. I was expecting a chapter solel ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Denise Hunter

I've read a number of Denise Hunter's books. This one seems to take a long time to develop and then the story ended very abruptly.
Content: Clean. There's mention of a fling, but this is handled very well.
Language: Completely clean.
Religious: Yes. This is a Christian book. The ending focuses on forgiveness.
Overall story: As I mentioned, the story seemed to take forever to get to the main characters getting together and then it was abruptly over. A lot of the story fo
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Definitely not as good as the first two books in Denise Hunter's Nantucket series.

Another reviewer stated how she disliked how the two main characters lie to each other through the entire book and I couldn't agree more. Tucker's scheme to get know Sabrina was borderline stalker-ish and juvenile. The whole "I know who she is but she doesn't know that I know who she is " got old really quickly. These were supposed to be adults but they acted like teenagers.

This is labeled "Christian fiction" but
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with this one. Overall, I felt it was just too unbelievable. Sure, the e-mail communication makes sense, but the fact that a woman who appears to have no history of making questionable choices decides to cope with her fiance's betrayal by getting drunk and sleeping with a random man in a bar seems like a stretch. I'm not saying it's impossible, it just seems like the author created the most sensational thing for this woman to do in order to create more drama within the story. I ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Nice idea for a book, but somewhat lacking in storyline, especially being a Christian book: After Sabrina gets dumped by her fiance for her cousin, she goes to Nantucket to use her would have been honeymoon tickets. She begins to write online anonymously to a man, Tucker, who she knows from a cafe where she waitresses. That storyline is fine. What I did not like was that Sabrina depressed from being dumped, gets drunk and has a one night stand with someone she just met in a bar. It just seemed o ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Really like this author, but this book was painfully slow to read. The pretense was extremely annoying: She knew it was he, He knew is was she, but she didn't know that he knew. Yup, imagine that...and she really had personal issues that built an almost impenatrable wall around her heart - supposed to be an allegory/metaphor for our relationship with Christ (he pursues us and forgives us all). Sometimes I just like a story to be a story and not necessarily something deeper. ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This started out as a really cute story and I was loving it until the middle of the book where the main character gets drunk and has an overnight affair with a married man. That ruined the whole rest of the book for me. Not necessary. It could have been written differently to get a point across. Her previously books I've read "The Convenient Groom" and "A Cowboys Touch" were squeaky clean and SO good compared to this one. ...more
Jill Kemerer
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She writes some of the best heroes out there! In this book of the Nantucket Love Story series, Sabrina and Tucker are enjoying an e-mail relationship under the cover of anonymity. I won't throw any spoilers in, but watching Tucker find ways to flush out Sabrina is very entertaining. I also enjoyed Sabrina's spiritual growth--she has to learn that we are not our sins. They don't define us. :) ...more
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her

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