Monday, October 6, 2014

Saving Shelby Summers - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros

Saving Shelby Summers
Saving Shelby Summers is a contemporary romance set in Australia, but Margaret Sutherland’s sweet story of family, friendship, and love is so much more than boy-meets-girl.

The first chapter propels you right into the story when Nathan Monroe saves Shelby and her horse from a sinkhole. Their paths cross again, but both have past traumas they must deal with before they can move forward.  As Shelby becomes involved in the lives of Nathan and his daughter, her healing begins. But is Nathan ready to get on with life?

Margaret Sutherland takes readers through all the doubts and emotions experienced by Shelby, Nathan, and Nathan’s daughter as they come to terms with past tragedies.  The story is touching without being maudlin, realistic without being overly dramatic, and totally believable (and it features dogs). I gave this book a five-star rating.

Book Beginning:
Nathan Monroe parked his mid-splattered Nissan Patrol on the cliff top overlooking the beach and sat, looking down at the turmoil of whitecaps and hissing surf. The wild, lonely vista matched his mood. The past came with you, no matter how far you traveled.

Teaser (from 21% on my Kindle):
The fading sky of an Australian winter reminded her of walking with Nathan yesterday. Such an ordinary thing to do. Just a man, a woman, and a dog. Not a lot to say, yet enough to make her feel complete, somehow.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 159 Pages
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More Books by Margaret Sutherland: Amazon Author Page


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46 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Ah that teaser is quite sweet whereas the intro is a little sad... I hope you are enjoying this one? Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/teaser-tuesday-october-7/

Margot said...

I like how the book starts and the teaser. The cover is a little disturbing though. Hope its a good read.

Deasy Yolanda said...

are you sure it's romance? the cover is kinda creepy for me :O
nevertheless that's a great teaser. hope you'll enjoy it :)

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

Base on your summery and the excerpts, I would keep reading. I'm glad you enjoyed this. The cover doesn't seem to match a typical Romance cover, but I like that it is different. Sometimes, covers seem too stereotypical to me.

Beth F said...

I'm not much of a romance reader but the opening is good and your thoughts about the book make it sound like it has some depth.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I don't do romance, but that intro is pretty good for starters. enjoy Sandra.

jacquie said...

Love the teaser Sandy and actually I love the setting in Australia. I like the cover!!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not a big romance person, but I do love Australia!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ah, I like the sound of this one...just the kind of book to read in between all the mysteries and psychological suspense! LOL

Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE BOOKSELLER”

Paulita said...

Sounds sweet. Hope you enjoy it. Here's Mine

grammajudyb said...

If you liked it, I think I would read on. It's not a long book, a good fill in one I would think. Thanks for the recommendation.

JoAnn said...

The Australian setting is appealing, but I'm not much of a romance reader... might be convinced to keep going with this one though.

Suzie Quint said...

With 5 stars, I guess I don't have to ask if you like it. ;)

My book this week is Don't Let Go

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree. Unfortunately, authors don't always have input about their books' covers.

Literary Feline said...

I like the sound of this one. The mention of Australia first caught my attention, but based on the intro and your description of it, I think this would be one I would enjoy.

Alice Audrey said...

Sometimes those ordinary things are rare.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The main character is overcoming panic attacks (and the trauma that causes them), and I'm guessing that's what the cover is intended to convey.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It does. I enjoyed getting to know the characters (and their dogs!)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've read several books set in Australia recently, and I've enjoyed learning more about the country through the stories.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I hope to visit Australia and New Zealand someday.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Absolutely! I like the way the author captured that feeling.

Topazshell said...

I really like this book. Plus, I want to read a newly published book about Australia. I keep forgetting there are beaches in Australia. I believe what he says. We take our past with us wherever our trip takes us.

Laura Thomas said...

I like it all. The cover art, the opening, and the teaser. This sounds like a wonderful story.
Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/07/teaser-tuesdays-84-the-death-of-death/

susie SBC said...

great teaser, thanks for stopping by :D new follower. xx

Tribute Books Mama said...

A great cover and teaser.

Jess @ Jess Time To Read said...

Great teasers! I love the Australian setting. This sounds like a great romance book. Thank you for stopping by. :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the Teaser. Thanks for following!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I never thought about there being sinkholes along the Australian shore, but the story's heroine is trapped in one -- atop a horse! The story starts off with lots of drama.

Laura said...

The teasers make the book sound good. Add the synopsis and you've got some real temptation going on. I'll have to recommend it to people I know who read romances regularly. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for coming by.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like a good story, Sandy. Glad you enjoyed it.

JC Jones said...

Interesting book. Sound good.

Yvonne said...

Sounds good. I want to know more.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a good story with likable characters. Margaret Sutherland did a great job.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I definitely think you'd enjoy it.

Margaret Sutherland said...

As the author checking in from Australia, I note our time zones are out of whack! This book is a psychological family story with romantic elements; perhaps a little different from standard romance. All the comments are interesting to me. yes, there are beaches in Australia!

Giselle Flores said...

Ohh sounds interesting! I like the quote at the end! It's cute :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Margaret. The time zones make it difficult to coordinate!

Nise' said...

The cover leads me to believe there is a bit of suspense involved as well.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

The teaser is so comforting and easy to identify with; the book cover is bewitching too! Great teaser Sandra :) Have a lovely week!

writenotereviews.com said...

As an Aussie, of course I love the setting. I haven't read anything by this writer, though, so I'll have to check her out.

Heather said...

Sounds like a good romance. Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

I do try to read as much overseas fiction as I can and have enjoyed several books set in Australia. This is a new to me author, although the book might well find its way on to my 'Want To Read' list.

I used to put my hair into my mouth when I was worried or upset about something, although these days I wear my hair very short, so couldn't manage that any more!

The image kind of ties in with sadness and sense of isolation, which both your excerpts are giving off. I totally agree that 'you can run, but you can't hide', your problems and troubles will always be with you, perched on your shoulder.

Also, some of the most simple things in life, can be the most satisfying. I love it when we travel to the coast and walk along the promenade, especially out of season on a quiet day. the sound of the waves pounding the shore can be both invigorating, yet oddly calming.

Thanks for sharing, a definite 'read on' for this one,

Yvonne

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

Oh, those sound so sad, but the second a bit more hopeful! Great opening and teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

kelley jensen said...

I like the beginning. The ocean is always a good place to reflect on the past. thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week! kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Nyze Gremio-Velasco said...

Nice teaser you got there! Thanks for dropping by my blog ♥

Chippyminton13 said...

I'm not big on contemporary romances but this sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by my TT and the Tuesday Intros meme sounds fun :)

Chippy