I really loved this book. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, and it took me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but once I was, I couldn't put it down. Although the story is a good one, it was the characters that really drew me in - I thought the personalities of Cassie, Alaric and twelve yearold Martha were beautifully captured in that deceptively simple way that good authors demonstrate - a clear picture emerging from just a few words or phrases. You really care about them and want to find out how the story will end. The same goes for the descriptions of Cornwall. I know the area well and I got so engrossed in the book that I sometimes felt surprised when I looked up and wasn't on the beach! If you're looking for a thoroughly enjoyable, well-written story about families, relationships, and growing up, and if you've ever had a great holiday in Cornwall (or anywhere else beachy for that matter!), then this is for you.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Not only is it very well written ,but it manages to explore both the normality and complexity of family life and the relationships within it. As a mum with a teenaged daughter I was able to relate to it on so many different levels. It also makes you feel that you are having a holiday yourself, so evocative are the scenes described. Having passed it on to my fourteen yearold daughter I wondered if she would lose interest, as she normally loves action and adventure stories. But she finished it in a matter of days and we have had several discussions about the characters and the parts we best enjoyed. I think it's helped us both see things from each other's perspective better.
This book involves you in a great family holiday to Cornwall. A heartwarming story that relives the ups and downs of early teenage years and young love, it brings a tear to the eye and also a warm feeling to your heart as you are engrossed in the lives of Martha and Alaric's very different families. A must read for any mother young or old.