The Shell Collector’s Daughter: A Surf’s Up Novella by Beth Wiseman (review by Kristi)

the shell collector's daughter

About the book:  From bestselling and award-winning author Beth Wiseman comes the latest addition to her popular Surf’s Up series. Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope. Carianna’s story is a heartwarming tale which follows one woman’s journey as she navigates the many types of love God gifts to us.

“People tell me that I’m special. I don’t see it that way. I’m just different.”
~ Carianna Marie Sparks

Carianna isn’t like other twenty-six-year-old women. She’s never been on a date, never experienced the euphoria of a first kiss, and certainly never been in love. Can a man’s heart speak to hers in a way that she can understand? And if so, will any man believe that she sings with the angels and has tea with God? Will they see the star dust twinkling in her eyes or hear the secret whispers of the ocean in a sea shell?

Dominic is grieving the death of his mother, so he welcomes a job opportunity that takes him to a beach community near the Texas coast. But what begins as a distraction and change of scenery shifts into a healing journey filled with discovery. Amidst his heartache, Dominic finds love in a beautiful and unexpected way when he meets Carianna—the shell collector’s daughter.

But can Dominic convince Carianna’s father to lift his protective wings and allow Carianna to soar into the life that God meant for her? And will Carianna hear Dominic’s heart speaking to hers in a way that she understands?

Other books in this series: A Tide Worth Turning, Message In A Bottle, and Christmas by the Sea.

Kindle Edition, 127 pages                  Published May 5, 2017, by Beth Wiseman Mackey


My review:  A woman who has tea with God every Thursday and remembers being born? Sounds a bit far-fetched right? Beth Wiseman manages to make this character real and one that readers will soon want to protect and cheer for.

The storyline of this novella was a bit unusual compared to my usual reads but I was soon engrossed in the story of Carianna and Dominic. I found their story to be happy and sad at the same time. Nanny brought some humor to the story to lighten up the sadness which was nice.

This novella proves that Beth Wiseman is a master at storytelling. The story isn’t too short or too long but just right. I didn’t feel like there should have been less or more and I wasn’t left wanting more. Everything that needed to happen to satisfy me as a reader happened in a way that seemed natural.

If you are looking for a story that’s a bit different but uplifting then check out this story from Beth. You won’t be disappointed.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  Beth is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series – Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her other series–the Land of Canaan Novels–begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written three contemporary Christian fiction novels, Need You Now published in 2012 and The House That Love Built in 2013. In The Promise, (2014) Beth jumps way outside the box. This story takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by a true story, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time. 2015 brings Beth back to the Pennsylvania Amish with her new series, Amish Secrets.

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