Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review - Under The Sun by Jude Ouvrard

Tracey Howard has put her life on hold for years to care for her grandmother. Now that her grandmother is gone, Tracey decides to spend the summer at the beach and reflect on where she wants life to take her next. Jackson Phillips is her new neighbor, and he dazzles her from the first moment they meet. Will Jackson be able to show Tracey how to let go of old pain and embrace future happiness?

~ Kelli's Review ~

I have never been one of those people who enjoy novellas. Usually, as soon as I connect with the characters, the story is over. I tend to read lengthy books because that way, I at least know I'll have a chance to get into the story. This is a rare exception, however.

Under the Sun is a perfect "feel good" story of two people learning to let go of the past and enjoy life. Tracey returns to Maine to find herself again. After watching her grandmother slowly slip away from Alzheimer's, she had a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that the one person she held closest to her heart is now gone. She feels alone and really has no direction after years of caring for her grandmother.

Upon her return, she discovers an unexpected neighbor. She is immediately drawn to Jackson and their chemistry is impossible to ignore. She learns that he has also suffered through terrible loss and uses his past mistakes to guide her through the grieving process in a healthy way.

I live a couple towns over from where the story takes place (Wells Beach, Maine), and it was nice to be able to connect with the places the characters visited. The author did a great job describing the scenery and using places that exist in real life.


  1. I loved this book myself and have since read Jude's new book Wonderland on Amazon! Two very well written books that will tear at your heart!

  2. This review is great as was the novella! I am a huge fan of how Ms. Ouvrard weaves a story and develops characters.