Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 7, 2019)
From the USA Today bestselling author of All the Summer Girls and Dog Crazy comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope and even magic can blossom in the darkest of places.
To find her way, she must abandon everything she loves.
As a child, Merrow Shawe believes she is born of the sea: strong, joyous, and wild. Her beloved home is Horseshoe Cliff, a small farm on the coast of Northern California where she spends her days exploring fog-cloaked bluffs, swimming in the cove, and basking in the light of golden sunsets as her father entertains her with fantastical stories. It is an enchanting childhood, but it is not without hardship the mystery of Merrow’s mother’s death haunts her, as does the increasingly senseless cruelty of her older brother, Bear.
Then, like sea glass carried from a distant land, Amir arrives in Merrow’s life. He’s been tossed about from India to New York City and now to Horseshoe Cliff, to stay with her family. Merrow is immediately drawn to his spirit, his passion, and his resilience in the face of Bear’s viciousness. Together they embrace their love of the sea, and their growing love†for each other.
But the ocean holds secrets in its darkest depths. When tragedy strikes, Merrow is forced to question whether Amir is really the person she believed him to be. In order to escape the danger she finds herself in and find her own path forward, she must let go of the only†home she’s ever known, and the only boy she’s ever loved….
Lyrical, wonderfully descriptive, and heartbreaking are words I would use to describe Meg Donohue’s latest novel. I thought it was beautiful writing. I felt like I was right there on Horseshoe Cliff because of Donahue’s descriptions of the surroundings. It was easy to visualize and get lost in the story.
The plot was simple but full of raw emotion. There were times when I was so effected by what happened that I had to put the book down for a moment, specifically with Bear’s cruelty. The relationships between the complicated and dynamic. I really liked Merrow. She had such a strong resolve and determination but she was also vulnerable being a child in this environment. I thought the reader got a good sense of what it was like to see the world through a child’s eyes.
Overall, this was definitely a worthwhile read and I enjoyed it. If you enjoy women’s fiction and a heartfelt love story, this one is for you.
About Meg Donohue
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.