I really enjoyed the way the Sand Dollar celebrated mature women, illustrating that they still continue to live fulfilling lives and are just as affected by the angst of new love or the devastation of learning a life changing fact. Jenny is a well developed three dimensional character and I fully empathised with her as she navigated her way through re-discovering who she really was. I admired the way she strove to remain true to what she wanted in life rather than giving in to what her children expected of her.
The Sand Dollar is a lovely book, with the backdrop of the Oregon Coast an added texture to this multi-layered story. It has an easy to read style that flowed nicely without lagging and explored many themes, chief of these that knowing who you are and where you come from is an intrinsic human need no matter what age you are. I applaud Maggid Christensen for choosing to write about an often neglected age group and showing that their stories are just as interesting and engaging as the twenty somethings.