Happy Thursday all!
Excited to share with you today my review for this lovely book! A huge thank you to Trish for my invitation to the tour!🌊
gorgeous. Lyrical. Magical.
Meg Donohue’s beautifully descriptive writing swept me away to the Northern Californian coast and Horseshoe Cliff. The characters and setting of this book jumped off the pages and into my heart. I was completely captivated by the magic of this mesmerizing tale, that is until about the final 30 pages. The ending just did not sit well with me… at all! This book was inspired by ”wuthering Heights”?, now admittedly I’ve never read this book so I’m just going to chalk the ending up to this and live with it. Despite the ending I truly loved this exquisite tale.
Merrow thinks she is living a magical life. Living on the picturesque Horseshoe Cliff with a loving father who spins enchanting stories. When she starts school she realizes her life isn’t quite as magical as she thought, and then her older brother becomes more and more aggressive and abusive. When Amir shows up Merrow thinks she has found a kindred spirit. Merrow was such a fantastic character, I really adored her heart and her strength. There was such a vulnerability to her character and I completely understood why she had so many fairy godmothers in her life. Her brother Bear on the other hand was a terrible human being. If you believe in karma he never lived one day of happiness his entire life! Also I was a little frustrated that the father didn’t pick up on how terrible the brother was.
When a sequence of events happen Merrow is given the opportunity to live a better life and attend college. But this means leaving behind her beloved home and perhaps even Amir. I love that she was given this opportunity and I really loved how much this other family took her into their hearts. Ugh that ending really put a big black cloud over some of this for me. I hate to fixate on that, and I really did love this book, but… just know going into this book that Merrow’s happy ending might not be the same as yours. Simply put this was a beautifully told story, with some pretty amazing characters, and a storyline that will sweep you away.
🎧🎧🎧 I was fortunate enough to get an audio copy of this book to review and I absolutely loved this one on audio! Sarah Naughton is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. She really brings that perfect something special to her narration.
*** thank you to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my gifted copy ***
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