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Sunbaked (Pineapple Cay Stories)

by Junie Coffey

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Sunbaked by Junie Coffey is fun, fast paced story that puts a fresh twist on 'beach read'. Nina Spark is looking for a fresh start, her marriage in crumbles after she finds her husband sleeping with another woman in their apartment. Three months later, she is trying to figure out where she lost herself, where the smiles went, when she became 'this' person. Over a bottle of wine at 2AM surfing the internet she finds the perfect escape in a cottage on a tropical island called Island Cay. Without so much as a second though she makes an offer and it's accepted! Packing only a small duffel bag she's off to start a new chapter. Her transition to happy, tranquil, island life is peppered with colorful islanders who both embrace Nina, and a few that make her question her decision, and she quickly turns to her inner Nancy Drew when a resident disappears. Fresh and different, with characters who will hold your interest, and a pace that moves. Also to note, for those that avoid plots that rely heavily on romance you won't find that here, attraction yes, a lot of graphic descriptions no.
I received a copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley. A review was not requested, all opinions are honest and my own. ( )
  CMDH5 | May 6, 2017 |
Why sure everyone suffering through a divorce does some silly things. Nina, after a few glasses of wine, decides that she's had it with winter and goes online. She finds the cutest little cottage on Pineapple Bay (pictures and all) and at 2:00 in the morning, she buys it. Seriously cheesy, right? As I roll my eyes at the beginning of the book, thinking "this is going to be a long one".

Well, I was wrong. I loved this book. I want to move to Pineapple Bay and buy myself a "Miss Rose" cottage. Nina's hooks up with a whole cast of quirky, fun characters while living there. And if you think that first scene was cheesy, wait until you meet Danish. He's the mailman, part-time bartender and yoga instructor of the island. He also reminds me of one of the Wayne's World guys.

There's also a plot twist with a missing museum quality emerald necklace missing that the whole island talking. Oh yeah, there is a witch that was wearing the necklace while it was stolen. She was also kidnapped.

A fun in the sun, tropical frolic great for a beach read or even a chilly winter night. Be careful though, you may find yourself on the internet at 2:00 a.m. searching for your own cottage.

A cheesiest fun and entertaining read I enjoyed thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley. ( )
  debkrenzer | Apr 14, 2017 |
I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of "Sunbaked" by Junie Coffey for my honest review. The genres of this novel are Women's Fiction and General Fiction. I would give "Sunbaked" three and one half stars.
I like the way Junie Coffey describes the sandy white beaches and turquoise waters in the Caribbean, where the story take place. I wish I could buy a ticket and take a vacation there, lying in the sun.
The story has a great start. Nina, despising her cheating husband is drinking wine. At two o'clock in the morning, Nina is on her computer and goes shopping online,and buys a fix me up cottage in this tropical Caribbean paradise.
A sober Nina is headed to her new home, and gets to meet some quirky and intriguing characters.
Barry Bassett, a wealthy businessman is furious that Junie bought this cottage, since he wanted to purchase the land. He makes threatening comments, visits, and has his big dogs chase her.
Her mailman is also the local yoga instructor, as well as an assistant bartender,and appears to be very immature.
Nina finds herself immersed in a mystery when Barry Bassett's wife is kidnapped at a party. An emerald necklace worth millions is stolen
Some of the characters seem greedy, shallow, immature, and not likeable. Some characters were making poor dangerous decisions,not thinking of the consequences.
Despite the adventures and the mystery, the conclusion was predictable. There was a hint of possible romance, I found this a very easy read. ( )
  teachlz | Mar 23, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147782393X, Paperback)

Thirty-six-year-old Nina Spark has done something crazy. After knocking back a night’s worth of wine, she’s bought a house in the Caribbean. Off the Internet. At 2:00 a.m.

Committing to the most impulsive decision she’s ever made, Nina leaves her cheating ex-husband behind, puts her teaching career in New York on hold, and moves to Pineapple Cay—a land of white sand, cloudless skies, and turquoise waters.

Her new life is off to a lovely start: she’s got a private beach, a handsome neighbor, and a cushy travel-writing assignment. Even Barry Bassett, a greedy land developer eager to push her out to make way for condos, can’t darken her sunny new outlook.

But when Barry’s wife goes missing, along with a priceless jeweled necklace, Nina finds herself at the center of the island’s biggest whodunit. With her quirky but fiercely loyal new friends, Nina is determined to solve the mystery—so both she and Pineapple Cay can get back to easy living.

Revised edition: This edition of Sunbaked includes editorial revisions.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:18:49 -0400)

Nina bought a house off the internet. On a sunny Caribbean island she'd never heard of before. At about two o'clock in the morning with a glass of red wine in her hand, a few hours after her cheating husband had cleared out. She was on a plane to Pineapple Cay a week later. Things seemed to get off to a good start. Nina's new hometown is the charming village of Coconut Cove, with its narrow lanes lined with candy coloured houses and gardens overflowing with tropical flowers. Her back yard is a white sand beach and the mesmerizing turquoise sea. Her next door neighbour is the handsome Ted Matthews, owner of a fishing lodge. She's invited to a glamorous dinner party at the ocean hideaway of a famous musician. But local big shot Barry Bassett has his eye on Nina's cozy little beach cottage with the aim of tearing it down to build condos. Then Barry's obnoxious wife Tiffany goes missing, and Nina finds herself sitting across a desk from the very serious chief of police, Blue Roker, wondering how her day dream of easy living in the islands got so far off track so quickly.… (more)

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