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Pulled Beneath (The Bar Harbor Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2016
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A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I loved the start of this book - young woman loses family, except for sweet dog, has bubbly and encouraging girl friend, swims to find herself (or lose herself), inherits a house in Bar Harbor from a grandmother she didn't even know existed, and sets out for Maine (with dog of course!) to learn what the missing pieces of her life might be. It was all promising, told in prose that had me hooked. Then she meets a guy - a scruffy dirt under the nails type of guy. She immediately falls into lust. He occupies most of her thoughts most of the time. Boredom sets in. She meets another, contrasting guy and feels a more wholesome pull to him. At some point the f word starts appearing with regularity from all young characters. A booze-laden, pot-filled party ensues. Then comes the (figurative) peeing contest between the two men and the f word is accompanied by the sh word and the d word. At that point I didn't like any of the characters, nor did I really care about the mystery of the house and missing family heritage. I put the book aside for a bit. I did pick it back up and waded through until the end, when like a miracle the f word disappeared, the characters grew likeable once again and I felt refreshed and happy with the resolution of the story.
I'd have given it five stars and quickly snatched up the sequel, except for the frequent f word and the uber masculine behavior of the menfolk.
Drew moved home after graduating from college trying to figure out what's next. What's next is a shocker, the brutal murder of her parents. Shortly after their death and still in the throws of profound grief, she learns she has inherited a family home in Maine. This home belonged to her grandparents and was where her mother grew up. Drew had heard stories of the small town in Maine her whole life, but she had been told her grandparents died when her mother was a child. As the truths that Drew believed about her life unravel, she slowly has to adjust and find a new peace. A integral part of her peace is a man named Saint aka Justin who sees her pain, relates to it and is the only one who can help her through it all...if she will let him! Bella, the lab, is by her side for the long haul as well!
This book is truly breathtaking and I think anyone can relate to it. After tragedy, we find ways to make peace of the chaos. For Drew it is the water and swimming, for others it may be running, meditation, or even reading.
This book reads as a standalone. There will be a second book about Rae. She is a fascinating character in this book and I can't wait to learn more!
Pulled beneath the waves, into the hole I had climbed into. It was a dark, damaging place.
There is something important to be said about the same author experiencing this unintentional shift into a reader as the book's gorgeously written words push her into that hole. It's hard sometimes, once you've written books and stories and articles, once you've embraced your own authorship, to cut that instinct away and just really enjoy a story as a reader. But I never, ever have that problem with Mann's books.
Marni Mann makes it easy to be a reader.
It smelled just like him: unpredictable and rough.
I love this novel. I love that it's NA and isn't led exclusively by sex. I love Drew's innocence. I have a very hard time relating to people, to characters, who have never struggled. Who have lived perfect lives. And Drew has, to a point, until nothing is perfect anymore, and it seems it never will be again. I'm used to that strong, independent female character who has struggled all her life and knows how to survive. But there is a certain strength in someone who doesn't know that, who hasn't been embedded with that survival skill, is branded by tragedy and rises above anyway. It's very rare that I come in contact with a character in this genre who is just, sort of perfect in her own way, in that every decision she makes is a good one, or at least one with good intentions. I guess that's another thing I love about Mann's novels. She writes about good people with bad cards. There is nothing more that I can relate to in this life.
"Love," I echoed before hanging up. With Gianna, the you had never been needed.
The word itself had always been enough.
I love Gianna, too. She is essentially me; a redheaded spitfire of a friend who knows nothing more than she knows loyalty and I think she was the perfect balance for Drew and everything that was going on with her. I love Saint, I love Maine through Mann's eyes.
I love Pulled Beneath. I am irrevocably in love with this novel.
It's Mann's best work yet.
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