- File Size: 3789 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (December 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PY6CSNM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The romance to me is one that I wish didn't happen in the way that it did. I would have loved for it to have been more of a crime novel from our first interaction between the two leads. To me, a woman feeling pinned and trapped and at several points afraid for her life just doesn't quite feel right in a romance story. I wanted more of the shelling, more of the ocean, more information on the mysterious dead man who had perfect shells. I feel like the romance got in the way of a truly great story, and characters who could have shaped up to be very precious to me. I wanted to love Maya with all my heart, and there are a lot of moments where I really do, but I feel in the end that so much of her was lost in tropes.
The highlight of the book is Hugh's love of the sea, family and shells. His love and passion shines through and is a pleasure to read, even with no knowledge of shelling. These sections are what make this book really confusing for me because I can't read that and just toss the whole book aside as something that I didn't love or enjoy. I adore his passion and prose, I like relationships he's written in the past.
I look at those high notes and that passion and really wish the book was just slightly different. I think it's a case of growing pains, and that the attempt into another genre is one that should be applauded even if it wasn't perfect or even good. I sincerely look forward to what he writes next and knowing me I'll probably even preorder it despite disappointment.
Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes, definitely. For the destination, or for the reading? For the reading! Isn't that what it's really all about? Do you read your books or just skip to the end to see what happens? For me, the reading is the joy, not (just) the ending. Is plot important? Surely. But, for me, it's words and sentences and connections -- that's it -- the connections, that are important to making the read pleasant and meaningful. All those little "yeah's" and "aha's" along the way.
Did I expect this book to be a romance when I bought it? No. Did I think it was a romance after I had read 30% of it? Not so much. At 50%? Yeah, pretty much. Would I have bought it had I known it was an enviro-romance? Maybe not. Should I have. Yes. Am I glad I did? Yes. Did I want more in terms of action and plot and impact? Yes, hence only 4 stars.
Here's the important one: did I enjoy the act of reading it? YES.
Actually, the last half went pretty quickly, and I was shocked when I hit 97%. I figured I was still probably around 70%. I think that's a recommendation.
OK, Hugh, you did your Romance. Time to move on...
Would I buy another one? No. But I'm glad I bought this one.
What I want is a sequel to Sand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!