Genre: Women’s Fiction/Drama
“One tiny moment in time can shatter your whole world.
A family beach vacation turns to tragedy and Marissa must find a way for her and her traumatized eight-year-old daughter, Maisy, to move forward and heal. But memories of what she lost surround her, threatening to take her to a dark place; a place she can never go again.
When her brother extends an invitation for her and Maisy to move in with him on Princess Island, Marissa thinks it might just be the fresh start she needs. But can she really find hope and healing on an island surrounded by the same ocean that broke her heart?”
“Rebecca L. Marsh is an author of women's fiction and member of the Paulding county writer's guild. She grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, and now lives in Dallas, Georgia with her husband and daughter.
When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family (cats and dog included), she occasionally likes to make home-made candy and work on her scrapbooks (she is woefully behind).”
While presented as women’s fiction, a genre designation I can’t argue with, primarily because the main character is a woman, I can see this novel appealing to people of any gender. The story is about the aftermath of a family tragedy and the struggles the surviving family members (mom and daughter) do after the death of dad and another daughter. Different people deal with difficult situations differently, and this can sometimes cause misunderstanding, conflict, and stress. That should be enough hint as to what Marissa and her daughter Maisy go through in this book. Their struggles made for an intense, thought-provoking tale as I tried to figure out whether they were going to be able to get past this major life event reasonably intact, and if so, how.
Version read for review was an ARC (advanced readers copy), so I’m unable to gauge the final version in this regard.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words