susan lovell

The Sandpiper

Sandpiper Series Book (1)

One family’s story of pain, secrets, and love.

The Sandpiper is about the three Cameron women. Kate the perfect older sister. Jamie the screw-up. Their widowed mother Ellie. It’s about Nina Judd, their guardian angel, the novel’s heartbeat. 

Kate had the chance to know their father Dr. James. Jamie was born too late. Sisters by birth.  Sisters in loyalty sanctified by a blood oath. Two bright, pretty women full of promise. Then something happens the summer Jamie turns 18 that ruins everything.

And maybe Kate is not so perfect after all. Jamie not so hopeless. Embraced by The Sandpiper, Nina’s white-shingled cottage above the endless blue of Lake Michigan, the sisters struggle toward forgiveness, toward healing.


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Behold A Rainbow

Sandpiper Series Book (2)

A must-read for women’s book clubs, this is the story of good people facing hard challenges. Breast cancer. Alcoholism. Infertility. This sequel to the prize-winning novel The Sandpiper tells the story of the three Cameron women waging their individual battles with both fear and courage. Despair and hope. Tears and laughter. Readers will walk the tough walks with them rooting for them from page one to  the end.

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Promises To Keep

Sandpiper Series Book (3)

Because I wanted to understand how alcoholism could make a bright, loving woman like my mother leave home when I was seven, I wrote The Sandpiper. One novel. But, wait. Would Jamie get sober? Kate get pregnant? Aunt Nina’s namesake baby meet her father? And my favorite Aunt Nina herself? How would the Cameron women make it without her?

I had to know. So I wrote Behold A Rainbow and found out what my characters had been doing. Fine–for a while. But then they began calling to me again. They made it clear that while I might have been done with them, ‘We are not done with you.’

And how could I have known that Andrea Armitage, a character I created for a short-story contest, would then insist on joining my Sandpiper friends who were not ‘done’ with me? Thus Promises To Keep, this third and REALLY last of the Sandpiper series. Yes, I will miss my dear Cameron women, and now Minka and Andrea too. And always, always Aunt Nina. But my precious friends–my characters–have their own lives to lead. Now without me.

Award Winning Author

Susan Lovell

Susan Brace Lovell graduated from the University of Michigan Phi Beta Kappa, followed by a graduate honors degree, both in English. She helped put her husband Dr. F. Raymer through medical school teaching high school and college English. In 1975 she co-founded Cadence, a weekly newspaper in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has written four books of local history, including The History of The Wege Foundation. As a result of her own childhood, Lovell is committed to helping people understand alcoholism as a disease, not a weakness. This passion led her to write these three novels.

It has also directed her volunteer life to support groups dedicated to recovery like the Salvation Army and Guiding Light

Susan and her husband, a retired surgeon, live in Grand Rapids where they’re blessed with five adult children—three DNA plus two—and eight grandchildren—six DNA plus two. Parents and grandparents aren’t supposed to brag. Otherwise Susan, known as Mo, would.


Other Books

The Good Cause In Which We Are Engaged

The History of the Wege Foundation

A Dozen Of The Best

Peter Martin Wege

Grand Rapids Township and History


If you’ve read and liked Patricia Gaffney or Nancy Thayer novels, this one is right up your alley. Strong female characters making up a tight knit family, overcoming adversity.

Deborah R.


This is a beautiful and enriching story of love, friendship, loss, forgiveness and redemption… This novel certainly feels more like a family friend, one that I will revisit time and time again.


A tender, poignant, purposeful story that deals with the pain and process of addiction. The characters are so real, they become your friends.

– jackie b.

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