A grieving English teacher. A handsome actor. A new start with fresh possibilities . . .. but the past is in the way.
Two years ago, Elana Jeffries lost both loves of her life in Boston. Now she is starting over in beautiful Seahaven, located on the idyllic Maine coast and conveniently close to the home of her brother Carlos.
Leaving Boston is difficult, but Elana-a dedicated high school English teacher-finds sanctuary in a renovated apartment building owned by the mystical Kit Gilmore, a longtime and beloved Seahaven resident, who has also known devastating loss.
Determined to keep her head down and focus solely on her classes, Elena finds herself distracted by an invitation to direct the senior class play-Our Town-with Jonathan, a popular history teacher. Along the way, she forges friendships with Kit, her new neighbors, and members of a local grief support group.
Her illusions of happily-ever-after were shattered in Boston, but a fleeting romance with a high-spirited, talented young actor offers her another distraction and something else entirely-a glimpse of her former self and a flicker of hope that indicates happiness may be on the horizon again.
Grief, she learns from Aunt Kit, is like a piece of sea glass, its sharp edges smoothed by time but never completely erased. As Elena learns to embrace her whole self-from deep sorrow to increasing joy-she slowly finds the courage to make amends with someone from her past while opening the door to a new love who has been right down the hall all along.
About the Author
Anne Marie Bennett has been writing stories and novels since the sixth grade when she was assigned to write a short story and instead turned in a forty-page handwritten novel. Fast forward fifty years and she's still writing! She is the author of multiple essays, works of nonfiction and fiction including Feathers in the Sand, the first in the Seahaven Sunrise series. Her previous novel, Dragonflies at Night, is the winner of the Pencraft Award for Literary Excellence and the Reader's Favorite Book Awards Honorable Mention in Women's Fiction 2021. When she's not writing, Anne Marie is the owner of KaleidoSoul.com and dedicates her time to guiding people in the intuitive process of SoulCollage(R) via online workshops and in-person retreats. She lives in eastern Massachusetts with her big-hearted, silver-haired, number-oriented husband, one beloved adolescent feline and a treasury of birds, squirrels and chipmunks who keep them entertained. Frequent stays in coastal Maine continue to inspire her writing.
A cozy novel with the charm of small-town life and the reassurance that we are resilient and capable of love. Samantha Hui, Independent Book Review
Elena is such a relatable and likable character, and audiences are bound to learn from her strength, loyalty, and capacity to love. Samantha Hui, Independent Book Review
Anne Marie Bennett writes delicately about loss and the intricate process of grieving through multiple points of view. Sublime Book Reviews
Although dealing with tough subject matter, the narration is light, and invites hope...
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I recommend this to anyone familiar with loss or who is seeking a touching and optimistic perspective of this heavy topic. Sublime Book Reviews
Sea Glass Memories . . . weaves a beautifully intricate tale of healing, love, and resilience.
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