Castles in the Sand

Castles in the Sand

by Sally John


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In Castles in the Sand, the follow up to the first book in The Beach House series, author Sally John explores themes of forgiveness and redemption.
When Susan and Drake Starr discover that their 20-year-old daughter Kenzie is pregnant, their lives are turned upside down. The news sends Drake, a pastor of a huge San Diego church, reeling-and he sends Kenzie packing. Susan finds herself caught in the middle. Does loving Drake mean cutting ties with her only child? What will this path mean for her daughter? For herself?
When Susan seeks the refuge of a beach house, a secret from her past resurfaces. This is a captivating story of how God's mercy is evident when our foundations crumble.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736913171
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Beach House Series , #2
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 813,251
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sally John is the author of the popular The Other Way Home and In a Heartbeat series, including A Journey by Chance and In a Heartbeart. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award and a former teacher, she lives in Southern California with her husband, Tim. Writing fiction takes a backseat only to her cherished roles of wife, mom, mom-in-law, and grandma.

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Castles in the Sand (Beach House Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
booksquirrel More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a friend as a Christmas gift. She had read the first book The Beach House or Beach House, and she really liked it. She seemed to like this one as well so I guess it's good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sally John delivers the perfect sequel to The Beach House in this captivating story. When I first read the description, I thought I wasn't ready for another emotional, gut-wrenching tale. But John's style and gripping characters pulled me in from the first sentence. I couldn't put it down. The cliché about characters walking off the page and into your heart is a truly apt statement in this case. I compare Castles in the Sand to And the Shofar Blew. It's that good. Sally John has penned a memorable story of an imperfect pastor and his flawed wife making life changing mistakes, yet experiencing forgiveness and redemption¿coupled with a message to allow our pastors and their families to be real. Too often the church expects its leaders to be so far above reproach, we cripple them emotionally, leaving them unable to admit even the smallest sin. And when I turned the last page, I sighed. The book has a very satisfying end, but I didn't want it to be over. Like after a great movie, I sat for a while with the book in my lap, reviewing the characters and their lives in my mind. They had become friends. Castles in the Sand is a riveting novel of God's mercy when our very foundations crumble, and in this reviewer's opinion, destined to be an award-winning book. I read the galley, but will purchase the book to keep in my library to be re-read and shared and loved. I also plan to give one to my pastor and his wife to read. Sally John has earned a permanent place as a favorite author of mine.
deltadawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author did such a good job describing the uncomfortable mother in this book that I almost couldn't bear it but just in time things started changing. The relationships between the ladies in this book were wonderful and varied. I absolutely loved it. My only hesitation in recommending would be that it could come across too preachy to some. I had no problem with the prayers and seemed a natural part of the characters. (Also, I LOVE the BEACH!)
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Drake Starr is the pastor of a mega San Diego church. His only daughter, Kenzie, comes home from a trip and tells her parents that she is pregnant and that her and her boyfriend have no plans to marry. Now that is enough to have the bottom drop from out beneath you. What do you do? Well Pastor Drake and his wife Susan cut their ties with their only child until she "comes to her senses". Susan, trying to be submissive, has no contact with her daughter, until one day she finds herself at the familiar beach house, calling the boyfriends house and talking to his mother. Things get a little complicated for each family, but in the end forgiveness is found and God's love and mercy is experienced. Both sets of parents come from totally different views on how to handle this situation. As Mom Susan said in the book, "It's not just we're hurting because our dauther has got herself in trouble. It's more like 'Help!' What did we do wrong? What do we do now? How do we communicate love and forgiveness and not condone living outside God's order?" This was a huge problem for this author to tackle. And although at times I felt like folks were a little too condoning and loving, without letting this couple know that they would have to answer to God about the choices they were making, I felt that she brought it all together at the end in a very emtional but realistic way, and appreciated how she handled this sensitive and very real situation. There were things that needed to be dealt with in the parents life, as well as in their childrens, but God can and will work all things out, if we are willing to listen to Him and not to our wants and desires when it goes against His Word. A very thought provoking story for me.This is book 2 in the Beach House Series, but you can very easily read this as a stand alone book, or out of order in the series, as the main tie in to both books is the house on the beach and the different people who "get away" there.
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