Though outwardly seeming to have it all, Noah, now thirty-five, is actually an empty, lost, and broken man running on automatic pilot. He has no true identity due to having allowed his powerful, wealthy parents to manipulate, control, and brainwash him from a young age. With the threat of disinheritance and withholding love and approval if he doesn't comply with the plan they have for his life, Noah is lured in by the reward of great wealth and the illusion of running the family business empire some day. In truth, however, Noah is like a regular, everyday guy living a life that was not meant for him.
Enter Robin, twenty-five years old, who -- in direct contrast to Noah -- is a vivacious, free spirit. Full of life and always living in the moment, Robin's love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and live his own life at all costs, reclaiming his true self.
While snorkeling in the Caribbean, the captain of the boat warns them not to disturb anything in the sea. Ignoring the exhortation, Noah dives down and snags a sand dollar from the ocean floor, whereupon it explodes in his hand. With the fragile sand dollar taking on new significance, Robin inexplicably leaves Noah shortly after returning from their trip. Like a passing breeze, she disappears out of his life without a trace, seemingly forever.
Years pass, and Noah still can't get her out of his mind and out of his heart. After all, she'd always be the one who got away, the one he loved the most. That's when he finds out about her hidden secret, an underlying condition responsible for her having left. Noah has no choice but to move on with his life without her, meeting Sarah and pursuing a relationship with her.
Years later, it's Noah and Sarah's wedding day, and Robin discovers a clue that Noah had surreptitiously sent her, inspiring her to race to the wedding to try to stop it. With the wedding in shambles, the scene jumps back to present day, with both Robin and Sarah placed in Noah's hospital room. But which one did he choose?
Things are definitely not as they appear as Noah discovers a far greater truth about his past, present, and future. As Noah finishes telling his story, we are brought up to present day, where the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of his life.
AUTHOR BIOSebastian Cole's debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, reflects over forty years of personal life experiences. Born and raised in New England, Sebastian joined his family's business after graduating from Brown University in the 80s. An avid boater, he loves the ocean and all things aesthetically beautiful in nature. A true romantic, his life is defined by following his heart and pursuing his dreams, which is why he has become a novelist. Sebastian writes from the heart, believes in true love, love at first sight, and finding the one person in life you're meant to be with.
Sand Dollar was a finalist in the ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition for first-time authors. The book has been getting rave reviews, many of which compare him to his favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. Touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he has ever done in his life.
Please visit Sebastian's website at SebastianColeAuthor.com
"SAND DOLLAR is one of those rare books that makes you feel, laugh and cry all at the same time. This smashing debut by Sebastian Cole reads like the best of Nicholas Sparks with just enough schmaltz." — Jon Land, bestselling author
"So to the hopeless romantics out there I say, Highly Recommended – have at it, this is a must-read." — BookIdeas.com