Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is:




They say there’s always one summer that changes you.

For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.

Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.

Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?



SUMMER BY THE SEA is going to make you want to run to the beach! The beautiful words Jenny Hale uses to describe the Outer Banks will have you feeling like you are right there sitting in the sand and smelling the salt from the ocean.


Faith and her family spent their summers in a vacation home right on the beach until a hurricane took out the cottage, but they always had their memories. For her 90th birthday, Faith’s grandmother, who owned the cottage, wants to go back to the beach. Nan has a few secrets and eventually they will be told…but not until the end of their trip.


Jake, the handy man who is working on the cottage when they arrive catches Faith’s eye. He takes the family on some wonderful trips around the Outer Banks and Faith finds herself falling fast. Jake comes with a past as we all do, and he is leery of becoming involved with someone and having his heart broken once again. Jake isn’t who he appears to be, and soon Faith learns some things about him she has a hard time believing. While Faith is trying not to fall too hard for Jake, she is also reconnecting with her sister Casey who broke her heart when she fell in love with Faith’s best friend and then married him. They are working through their issues and if you have a sister, SUMMER BY THE SEA is really going to touch your heart.


I have only read Jenny Hale’s Christmas books and love them. SUMMER BY THE SEA is even better. Jenny is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She makes me feel so many different things while I’m reading her heart-warming stories. One minute I’m giggling and the next there is a huge lump in my throat. All of the characters are flawed in different ways, but you will find yourself cheering for them throughout the book. My heart melted while Jake tried to figure out what he really wanted. I tried not to rush through the story of Faith and Casey. I truly wanted the sisters to work out their problems and repair their relationship. I just wanted to reach in the pages and give them all hugs. I can’t wait to read more by this wonderful author.


Have a great day everyone and thank you for reading!

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