Sunday, March 24, 2024



Brittany Thompson loves Sand Dollar Cove which is why she has lived there all of her life. When she was just a teenager she lost her older brother Paul.  He was her best friend and confidant. She still misses him and she is still mourning his loss after all these years.  But she finds solace and comfort in her café, Safe Harbor.  It’s a lovely little café where customers feel at home and bless a stranger with a meal and notes of encouragement.  Just when Brittany feels like things are going great and she may finally stop grieving she Ryan Osborne walks into her café.  The memories of Ryan pour into her mind like a flood.  She remembers how he left Sand Dollar Cove right after her brother Paul died.  She also remembers how Ryan left her to grieve all by herself.  As they begin to grow closer, Brittany starts receiving messages of encouragement and she realizes how strong of a person she is now, because of her past experiences.  Brittany discovers a secret about the night she lost Paul and once again her life is turned upside down.

Notes From The Cove written by author Jennifer Bardsley is a lovely emotional story and I was so happy to return to Sand Dollar Cove.  It is on a lovely little beach town that is locals and tourists love to be.  Brittany was a wonderful character and her little café is a place I would love to visit.  The idea of gifting meals accompanied by a note of encouragement really touched my heart.  I loved the unexpected plot twist and I read faster and faster because I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.  This is the third installment in the Sand Dollar Cove Series and all though it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the entire series.  This story was a heartwarming and inspirational read and I highly recommend it. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Jennifer Bardsley
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 20, 2024
Pages: 355
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The cozy café on the bustling beach welcomes tourists and locals for steaming coffees and delicious homemade cakes. But when Brittany receives mysterious notes from a customer will they lead her to the happy ending she’s always dreamed of?

Brittany Thompson has spent her whole life in peaceful Sand Dollar Cove lonely, loving the wrong men and mourning the loss of her beloved older brother Paul—the only guy she’s ever been able to trust—when they were just teenagers. Her one escape is her café, Safe Harbor, where customers can gift meals to strangers along with handwritten notes of encouragement.

That is until a familiar face returns to town: rugged, brooding 
Ryan Osborne—the man Brittany had a schoolgirl crush on when they were young. And who was once her brother's best friend… Ryan’s arrival brings back painful memories, and bumping into him at the charming café sends Brittany's emotions all over the place.

Brittany can’t forget the way Ryan skipped town after Paul’s death, leaving her to grieve alone, though as she watches him struggle to readjust to life in the cove, her heart softens just a little. But just as she and Ryan start to grow closer, bonding over their shared past, mysterious notes begin appearing. The messages encourage Brittany to think about the person she is and how her past led her here…

But when Brittany uncovers a secret about the night she lost Paul that changes everything, 
can she and Ryan come together to finally heal and find a happier future together? Or will the truth of what really happened tear them apart forever?


Jennifer Bardsley
 believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and two children. Bardsley’s column I Brake for Moms has appeared in the Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes young adult paranormal romance under the pen name Louise Cypress.  When Bardsley is not writing books or camping with her Girl Scout troop, you can find her walking from her house to the beach every chance she gets.

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