and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle Reading App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
"A charming, sincere coming-of-age story...incredibly touching...the novel might be about a dream of escaping, but readers will be happy to stay...a moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers hearts." - Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
This is my debut novel...the one that got me to quit my day job and take this whole writing stuff seriously. Enjoy!
"A moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers' hearts." - Kirkus Reviews
Awards: Benjamin Franklin Book Award, IndieReader Approved Book, Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award
I was born and raised in a rural village in New Brunswick, Canada, where I lived with my mother and sister in an old farmhouse with a pack of cats and acres of land for roaming. I later moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend art college and that's where I met my husband. We now live in Ottawa, Ontario, with frequent trips home to the Maritimes.
I first fell in love with words as a songwriter. I grew up playing guitar and later studied piano, which became the backdrop for my writing. I also used to write short stories and remember having a deep conversation with my grade four English teacher about the rules of grammar and how I absolutely had to break them because I needed to start my sentence with the word 'and'.
I love to write stories about strong female characters in memorable settings along the east coast of Canada. My first book, Stuck, is a coming-of-age story about an Acadian woman growing up in a small fishing village in New Brunswick. My next project, Letters from Labrador, tells the story of a young British midwife working in the beautiful, yet unpredictable, northern coast of Labrador, Newfoundland (book release fall 2015).
Odette is a small-town girl that dreams of so much more than her new promotion as night manager of a convenience store. She also looks after her rebellious 15 year-old sister and incredibly selfish mother. Only after meeting some new people does she see that her life can be so much more.
I identified, almost painfully at times, with Odette. It was really affirming that she tries to rise above her circumstances. On the other side, I didn't enjoy that she lies about who she really is in order to impress a rich sailor that shows interest in her.
The author did a great job of describing the village where Odette lives on the coast. It was really easy to slip into the setting.
I really only have one fault with the book, and that would be the use of French in conversation. I don't speak French, but got the gist of what they were saying.
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review*
I really enjoyed this book! Growing up in a similar setting, I could really relate to Odette's experiences. But even if you have never lived in a coastal fishing village turned tourist town, you can relate to the struggles of 23 year old Odette as she worries over her own insecurities, a dead end job, problems in her family and a need to live her own life. This is a very fun read!
Atkinson takes off from page one with a hard hitting look at life when life isn’t perfect. She makes her story inviting, without pulling any punches. This was a well written, quick read that was quite enjoyable and easy to follow. Atkinson’s smooth, approachable writing style draws you in, allowing you to focus on the story at hand. Her no holds barred storyline is paired with allusion and brilliant description to create something truly remarkable. The story is dripping with history and culture, drawing you in to the Acadian coast.
Atkinson gives flashbacks into the main character’s past, allowing you to see how she came to be who she is today. It was so easy to get into as the main character appeared to be telling her story to the audience. You really feel for her. You get to know this community as a whole through their interactions with the main character. I appreciate how everyone was so down to earth and natural. I felt like I really was in a fishing village. I also love the dialogue in this novel. It’s so natural & flows the way real people talk. The mix of French and English, which is so common to the region in question, is easy to follow, even if you don’t speak French.
I loved this story. It was a remarkable portrayal of life in Acadia. I appreciated how this was a very Canadian novel without being only that. Above all, it was a story about surviving and being yourself. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.