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Sand Castle Dreams-Review

Hello everyone!

I’m so sorry for being absent this month, but I think I’ll have to only post around 2 posts per month until June due to life’s craziness.

Today, I’m so excited to share with you a book that I’ve been part of the launch team of!

Introducing Sand Castle Dreams, the sequel to Porch Swing Girl.

Sometimes we have to face our greatest fears in order to become whole again.

Returning to Maui after one of the most challenging summers of her life, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is ready for things to return to normal—or, at least, a new normal. But even though she and her sister are back on the island they love, nothing is the same since they left for Boston a few months ago. Olive’s friend Jazz is hiding a secret—possibly something even worse than the cancer diagnosis she received earlier in the year. Can Olive ever stop running from memories of all they’ve lost?

When their friend Brander suggests Jazz attends the church’s teen support group, Olive thinks it’s a great idea—until Jazz insists that Olive join her. While the group is the perfect place for Olive to share her struggles, she wants nothing to do with it. Instead, grief threatens to roll over her like the ocean waves, and tiny fibs turn into looming secrets. When a scruffy puppy and one viral video send another storm rolling into Olive’s life, she ends up face-to-face with her biggest fear. And the only way to make it out of the tempest is to go straight through.

Age: 12/13 +, only because it does mention about alcohol addiction and abuse, in a clean way of course.

What I liked:

Wow. Just wow. Taylor has just blown me away again with her stories. They’re so powerful, and so uplifting, and I really hope that you can read her books soon 💕

Olive is definitely more likeable and more caring in this book, which was great especially how she took the lead in helping Jazz and a few others with their problems.

I loved the fact that there were so many situations being tackled with, and seeing how Olive and her friends’ faith helped them through each one: from bullying at school to sorting out addictions, homelessness, and fear in general. I think there is something for everyone to take away from this book.

One thing that I’ve absolutely loved about this series so far is the idea of dealing with situations with faith and community.

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Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review