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Seashell Season

Holly Chamberlin

ISBN 9781496701527
Publish Date 6/28/2016
Format Trade Paperback
Categories General, Women's Fiction
List Price: $15.00

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How I Stay Motivated By Holly Chamberlin

People often ask me how I stay motivated as a writer. My answer is simple: It's not all that difficult when I’m doing something I enjoy and, more importantly, something I feel I have to do – and not because of my contract or the deadline. Ask anyone who’s doing what she really wants to be doing with her life – growing gardens, designing buildings, nursing the ill or elderly, teaching small children, climbing mountains – how she stays motivated and in the end she'll say that in spite of challenges and stresses, she stays dedicated because she needs and wants the benefits that occupation affords her. And one of the best benefits is knowing that you are using your unique gifts to the best of your ability.

For me, the very act of putting words on paper – any words – is often sufficient to inspire me to continue. And when the act of writing fails to spur more writing, as sometimes happens, then the characters take over the job of getting me to the next page and then to the page after that. I find myself thinking, I really want to know how Bella is going to handle her mother's spending time with another man so shortly after the death of her husband, and the next thing you know I’m scribbling away in the hopes of learning what I want to know.

To be honest, there are days when motivation seems entirely out of reach. In the early days of my career those days used to send me into a panic. Will I ever write again? Is this the hell that's known as writer's block? Over the years, however, I've come to recognize these rare moments of lethargy as what they really are – a sign that it's time for a brief break. So I take the day off, sleep, read, spend some time with a friend, or, best of all, go shopping. I can pretty much guarantee that by the following morning I’ll be aching to get back to the project at hand - because writing is something I need and want to do.

A picturesque Maine beach town is the setting for Holly Chamberlin’s touching and thought-provoking new novel, as a mother struggles to reconnect with her long lost daughter...

Every year on March 26th, Verity Peterson visits Ogunquit Beach, where she puts a handwritten message into a bottle and launches it into the waves. It’s a ritual of remembrance for the daughter she hasn’t seen in sixteen years—not since her baby’s father, Alan, took two-month-old Gemma and disappeared. Verity keeps searching and hoping, sustained by the thought that someday she might get to be a mother to her own child. And finally, one phone call may change everything…

Verity learns that Alan is now in jail on abduction charges—and Marni Armstrong, born Gemma Peterson-Burns, is coming to live with Verity in Yorktide, Maine. But this isn’t the joyful reunion Verity imagined. Gemma has been raised to believe Verity was an unfit mother who left Alan no choice but to take her out of harm’s way. Over the course of one summer, Verity tries to reach a tough, wary young woman who’s more stranger than daughter. And Gemma must reexamine everything she thought about her parents—and decide whether to trust in a relationship that, though delicate as a seashell on the surface, could prove to be just as beautiful and resilient.

Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin

“Chamberlin’s latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.” – Library Journal on Summer With My Sisters

“Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story.” —USA Today on Summer Friends

About Holly Chamberlin:


Holly Chamberlin was born and raised in New York City. After earning a Master’s degree in English Literature from New York University and working as an editor in the publishing industry for ten years, she moved to Boston, married and became a freelance editor and writer. She and her husband now live in downtown Portland, Maine, in a restored mid-nineteenth-century brick townhouse with Betty, the most athletic, beautiful and intelligent cat in the world. Readers can visit her website at:

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Seashell Season by Holly Chamberlin (Friday, July 8, 2016)
Reviewer: Jbarr5

Seashell Season by Holly Chamberlin
Have enjoyed other books by the author. This one starts out with Verity and she's staying at her friends house while she gets her life back in order after leaving her boyfriend Alan.
Her daughter Gemma is with her and Barbara will babysit while Verity works. One day she gets a call that Gemma is gone, Alan took her.
She gets on with her life after many years go by getting back into her artsy side and actually getting a job at the local college. The call she thought she'd get it's 17 years later and they have her daughter and will board you on a plane from AZ to ME.
She is beside herself as the town has backed her the whole 17 years with support. She has so many unanswered questions about how her daughter was raised. Alan is put in prison and he's lied to Gemma about everything he told her. Her mother is alive and so is her grandmother...
Alternating chapters on how each one is dealing with being reunited. Love the beach and the collecting of the seashells.
At times the book gets boring as it's over 400 pages long. There's a huge story behind the pages though and glad I was able to get through all of it. As it's boring there are also many twists and turns along the way, helping to tell the story of the two females as others come and go into their life's.
Q&A at the end and discussion questions.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

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