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Trails in the Sand Paperback – January 10, 2013
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Zick's latest novel is totally different than Live from the Road. I loved that one, but her latest is more serious, more "today's headlines" and more drama that shares a contemporary love story like no other I've read... It is a novel that covers three generations and shows the dark side of things learned through and from our ancestors. An important book in several ways. - Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven
As very public, dark oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico, a family's very private, dark disasters wash up onto the shore for all to see. Zick weaves births and bereavements, tragedies and triumphs, hatred and happiness into a riveting and rioting relation. - Hayley Alana Agerbo
Zick writes with much empathy and insight into her characters, showing a very caring and committed attitude towards the environment and the human beings in it. The interplay between the story lines, private lives and newspaper stories that are woven into the narrative adds much depth to the book. - Christoph Fischer
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Top Customer Reviews
As very public, dark oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico, a family's very private, dark disasters wash up onto the shore for all to see. Zick weaves births and bereavements, tragedies and triumphs, hatred and happiness into a riveting and rioting relation.
Overall, a well-written story that brings to light otherwise overlooked and possibly forgotten details of a sensational catastrophe, thread together with secrets some family members would rather leave buried in the dim bottom of the deep.
A recommended read.
Everyone in the Carlisle/Stokely family hides secrets behind a veneer of Southern respectability. Hatred runs deep and across generational lines. Caroline, the protag, is a journalist who left her family determined to never return. She had been betrayed by her sister who married the love of Caroline's life, the hapless Simon. She tried alternative living, married twice, and traveled to far away places, but she could not escape the gravitational pull of her family, and Simon.
Late in life, Caroline grabs a chance at happiness by marrying Simon after her sister passes away. This unleashes a family feud and the estrangement of Simon's daughter [who is adopted and whose story emerges as yet another link in the chain of secrets]. While investigating the BP oil well disaster, Caroline comes across her mother's journals as well as those of her uncle Alex and her grandfather, the infamous Arthur Stokely.
Shock and awe doesn't begin to describe what she discovers--murder, incest, secret pregnancies with roots back to England. So how do Caroline, Simon, and the daughter heal from these revelations? They work together on the rescue of sea turtles. These activities melt the ice around their hearts and pave the way to a chance at reconciliation.
Forgiveness without judgment and condemnation is the key. While a lot of what happened is not understandable or even excusable, at the end, the survivors must put an end to bitterness and make a commitment to use love to heal their wounds.Read more ›
As free-lance news reporter, Caroline, writes stories documenting efforts to save wild-life, particularly turtles, during the BP oil spill in the Gulf, she and her family uncover family relationships while educating us on the ecological efforts. At the same time, Caroline is writing another photo-journalism story on a coal-mine disaster in W. Virginia, and reports on the political involvement with preventing more accidents of either of these disasters.
Ms. Zick does this in her story-telling style that lets the reader learn about modern ecological and political problems without appearing "educational." The book is so well written it's hard to put down while absorbing the knowledge about the wild-life saving efforts and attempts at making such things as off-shore oil-drilling and coal mining safe, without appearing to editorialize.
More, more! Ms. Zick. And thank you for an excellent read.
Dawn Edwards, The Kindle Book Review
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great summer read. It has Southern charm, Northern entanglements, generations of secrets and distrust, modern headlines, and nature and healing. Enjoy!Published 14 days ago by Susan
In 2010, while the world watch the oil slick from BP's Deep Horizon disaster seep toward the Florida coast, I watched the creek rise on May 1st, to flood my Nashville condo. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kae Bender - Editor and Writer
Even though I figured out the two surprises it was still a great book to read. Thank you.Published 3 months ago by JILL KERNS
Trails in the Sand is a well-written family saga. Characters are three-dimensional and believable, and the setting is described in detail. Wonderful reading adventure!Published 3 months ago by W. K. Acree
Thanks for providing the book at no charge for Kindle readers. I will definitely look for more from this author.Published 3 months ago by NinaS
This book is a rare treat of sophisticated literary fiction with substance and deep understanding of politics, environmental issues and human nature. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly Flanders
I don't like giving a bad review to a book so many rated high. This is my personal opinion only. Don't let it sway you. It just isn't my type of reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carol Ann Erhardt (author)
TRAILS IN THE SAND. PC ZICK
One night long ago, a teenage boy walked into the ocean and never returned. Read more