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May 22, 2019

You, Me, and the Sea by Meg Donohue ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This beautifully written descriptive novel sweeps you away to the northern California coast and Horseshoe Cliff right from the beginning. Then when we meet the main character in that setting, we find out that she is just as beautiful and mysterious as the location she lives in.

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May 2019; William Morrow; 978-0062913562
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); women's fiction
Merrow Shawe is a strong, joyous, and wild child. Her beloved home is Horseshoe Cliff, a small farm on the coast of Northern California where she spends her days exploring fog-cloaked bluffs, swimming in the cove, and basking in the light of golden sunsets as her father entertains her with fantastical stories. Her beautiful childhood is tainted with the cruelty of her brother, Bear and the mystery of her mother's death when she was a baby. Then one day when she is 8, her father takes guardianship of Amir, the adopted Indian son of a friend who died. Amir enjoys Horseshoe Cliff as much as Merrow and they develop a strong relationship with each other. He protects her from the cruel ways of her brother and they live a happy life until one day several years later tragedy strikes and life as they knew it is forever gone. Merrow has to decide if it's time to make changes to her life and let go of her beautiful life at Horseshoe Cliffs. Will she be able to find happiness without her beloved childhood home?

This beautifully written novel is inspired by the novel Wuthering Heights and illuminates the ways in which hope—and even magic—can blossom in the darkest of places. It's a beautiful, well-written novel with characters that you quickly come to care about.

NOTE: Despite the fact that many reviewers really liked the ending, I didn't and that's why I only gave this book 4 stars. You need to read it and decide for yourself!

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About the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of You, Me, and the Sea, Dog Crazy, All the Summer Girls, and How to Eat a Cupcake. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and dog.

Find out more at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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  1. Everything about the book appeals to me. Thanks for sharing.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. My very first impression, I didn't love the ending. But the more thought about it, I realized it was like a whip lash turn around and I think maybe that's what felt off to me? I'm not sure but I really loved this book and said it's top ten for sure, maybe even top five book this year for me. Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours