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Trails in the Sand  (Florida Fiction Series) by [Zick, P.C.]
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About the Author

P.C. Zick’s career as a writer began in 1998 with the publication of her first column in a local paper. By day, she was a high school English teacher, but at night and on vacations, she began writing novels and working as a freelance journalist. By 2001, she left teaching and began pursuing a full-time gig as a writer. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre. Currently, she writes two blogs. Trails in the Sand is her fifth novel Her blog and her novels contain the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband Robert.

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  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481255797
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #999,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In P.C. Zick’s fine TRAILS IN THE SAND, a compelling opening draws the reader down a remarkable path. A path where beautiful descriptions of wildlife in all its glory and threat of endangerment, gas spills, and mining disasters run parallel to one family’s secrets and dysfunction. And dysfunctional the members of this family certainly are. As tragic as a Greek or Shakespearean play, we find out how one generation of mysteries and abuse can, much like a British Petroleum blunder, spill over to future generations, leading to long-term delusion, competition, and bitterness.

Yet, in the midst of all this familial turmoil, an element of redemption emerges: the love story between two kindred souls, started in childhood and finishing up in adulthood. A special bonding that transcends the tangle of family feuds and resentment and ultimately, helps to resolve some of their potent issues. Powerful, absorbing stuff, indeed!
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When I first came across Trails in the Sand I was immediately attracted by the very alluring cover and the environmental angle to the story. The environment and the natural world are subjects close to many hearts, mine included and so a story woven around such issues is interesting; a kind of two-in-one experience!
Caroline, the central character, is an environmental writer, deeply concerned with the issues of the day and yet also embroiled with very personal family matters both past and present. As she becomes involved in the reporting of the BP oil spill in 2010 her family troubles mirror her work, threatening disaster on many levels. It is only with care, acceptance and understanding that true resolutions can be found.
Caroline's family are a true mix of characters, all with their own hang-ups, and there is not one but several skeletons lying in their collective closets! I felt sadness, anger and frustration for these flawed characters who muddled along with their stubbornness and unwillingness to communicate, blighting their own lives and those around them for a generation and more.
In amongst the personal saga the author also touches on the World Trade Centre attack, gently easing it into the narrative, not in the huge overview we all had as time provided the realisation of the enormity of it, but in the way we all, wherever we were in the world, first heard it, initially with confusion and fear of what was unfolding.
Finally there are the baby turtles, always at the heart of the story, and the extent that good humans will go to give them a fighting chance for life. I learned a lot!
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On the surface, Trails In The Sand by P. C. Zick centers around the massive Gulf oil spill of spring, 2010. Actually this is just the backdrop of the story and pales in comparison to the destructive force of one supremely dysfunctional family. But Ms. Zick's book is much more, it is a cleverly drafted challenge to the reader to define their parameters for tolerance in human behavior. To me, that's what makes the book so powerful.

The action takes place primarily from St. Augustine, Fl. to St. George Island, the 'trigger' on the Florida panhandle – familiar turf for me since I grew up there in the 50s and 60s, so I can attest to Ms. Zick's accuracy of setting, color, and feel for the area, even though the time frame is a little later. Her narrative brought many memories flooding back to me of this very unique part of America.

Caroline is a 40ish journalist/naturalist who has been assigned to cover the effect of the oil spill on area wildlife, in particular the loggerhead turtles on St. George, who months earlier emerged from the ocean, crawled across the sand to the same spot where they were hatched, then laid their eggs. While Caroline tries to rescue the turtles from the man-made sledge threatening to annihilate them, she seems powerless to escape from the familial sludge engulfing her.

This goes back to her Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde grandfather. To his patients he was a saint, to his family he was often a monster, especially to his daughter Gladdy, Caroline's abusive mother. And there was also no love lost between Caroline and her only sibling Amy, who was the apple of Gladdy's eye, even though she suffered from anorexia. In addition, Caroline was in love with Simon from the time she was a child, but Simon married Amy instead.
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