A lot of my Facebook friends (both on the island and visitors) have been talking about this book called Sandy Ground. “What’s it about?” I asked. “Is it a travelogue?” No, they told me.
They are novels. “They?” Yes, there are three of them, all novels, and all set in St. Martin. The titles are metaphors, but they are filled with the sights, sounds, and feel of our favorite place on earth.
My business keeps me very busy, but I had to see why they loved these books so much. So I downloaded Happy Bay and put some time aside to read it. I had trouble getting back to work.
I could not put it down! Seeing my home through the eyes of a young woman that had never been here gave me a new perspective on how special St. Martin is to me and many others.
I felt as if I had become Sandy. I laughed her laugh and cried her tears. I could not wait to start Cole Bay Band and am halfway through it as I write. What an adventure and love story! Mr. Stelma has a knack for creating characters you can’t help but love (or hate). He understands women and the problems they face and the message of faith and love is very strong.
I have the advantage of going to the places Sandy and the other characters visit here anytime, but these books are a great escape for those counting the days to return or make their first visit. There is mystery and suspense, humor and grace, indomitable spirit rooted in feminism…I can’t say enough about the writing.
I have heard Sandy Ground holds terrific climaxes. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for Sandy, Jimmy, and the others.
I want to recommend these books to anyone that loves our island and everyone that loves this adventure we call life.