Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Sterna reviews Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster

Today’s book review comes from book review team member Stern, she blogs at


Sterna Chose to read and review Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster in conjunction with BrookCottage Books.




Seaside Dreams – My Thoughts:

Bella Abbascia, a thirty year old teacher, makes a seemingly rash decision that goes against almost everything she represents as stable Mable in her circle of friends; she quits her job of five years, puts her house in the market and follows her dreams to Seaside, where she spent her summers growing up. Bella has a plan, and falling head over heels for sexy, single father and police officer Caden Grant, was definitely not in those plans.

Bella and Caden meet in a hilarious opening scene that had me doubling over with laughter and set the pace and the mood of the book perfectly.

Caden has not dated seriously since Evan’s mother left, and Foster nails his nervous and unpracticed reactions to the sizzling heat between him and Bella perfectly leaving you laughing out loud and giggling a few times…and then swooning and wishing you could go on a not-a-date with the hunky Caden. (I totally dig my husband as well now)

I love that he has a son, and it gave their story a unique angle and showed a side to both Caden and Bella that you might not have gotten to know otherwise.

Between the beautiful scenery descriptions and the wonderful, close knit Seaside community, you really just wish you were there and a part of their inner circle – I’m packing my bags!

Heartfelt, happy ending that left me signing with content and excited about the rest of the Seaside Summers series…so much love for them!

“You’ll fall so hard for me you’ll be wishing you met me ten years ago…” Foster just gets it right every time.

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Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster

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SEASIDE SUMMERS is the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series. COMING SUMMER 2014.

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Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom, #21; Seaside Summers, #1)Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is on behalf of BrookCottage Books. It is #21 in the Love In Bloom Series and #1 of the Seaside Summers series.

Bella Abbadscia is one of the seaside cottage residents of Wellfleet, near Cape Cod. For as long as she can remember she has spent every summer here with her best friends who include, Amy, Jenna and Leanne. Weeks spent in the sun, beside the pool or at the beach, with BBQ’s and nights under the stars, a great way to spend some chill time with friends.

Caden Grant is a single Dad, a cop and he’s just moved to the Wellfleet area from Boston. Having recently lost his work partner he felt he needed to take himself away from the dangers of police work so that he would always be there for his son Evan.

Caden first sets eyes on Bella when he’s on night patrol and comes across several scantily dressed females at the cottages in the middle of a prank. There is an instant spark between them, which neither is prepared for. Bella has sworn herself off men to concentrate on setting up a work-study youth program, whilst Caden’s devotion is to his son and no one else.

I enjoyed the build up of their relationship, the not-a-date was fun and Caden’s son Evan brought a new aspect to the storyline. There was some great advice on the upbringing of teenagers which many parents could do with, but it added to the story rather than deflecting away from it. With a hot man in a uniform who brings out the feminine side in Bella and the back drop of some summer love, what is there not to love about this book?

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.