Synopsis from Harper Collins:
From the USA Today bestselling author of All the Summer Girls and Dog Crazy comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope—and even magic—can blossom in the darkest of places.
To find her way, she must abandon everything she loves…
As a child, Merrow Shawe believes she is born of the sea: strong, joyous, and wild. 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. It is an enchanting childhood, but it is not without hardship—the mystery of Merrow’s mother’s death haunts her, as does the increasingly senseless cruelty of her older brother, Bear.
Then, like sea glass carried from a distant land, Amir arrives in Merrow’s life. He’s been tossed about from India to New York City and now to Horseshoe Cliff, to stay with her family. Merrow is immediately drawn to his spirit, his passion, and his resilience in the face of Bear’s viciousness. Together they embrace their love of the sea, and their growing love for each other.
But the ocean holds secrets in its darkest depths. When tragedy strikes, Merrow is forced to question whether Amir is really the person she believed him to be. In order to escape the danger she finds herself in and find her own path forward, she must let go of the only home she’s ever known, and the only boy she’s ever loved….
About: You, Me, and the Sea is a contemporary fiction written by Meg Donohue. It was recently published on 5/7/2019 by William Morrows Paperback, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 368 pages. The genres are contemporary, romance, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading You, Me, and the Sea on 6/3/2019 and finished it on 6/5/2019. This book is a fantastic read! I read throughout the whole night and through the morning. I feel hurt for Merrow’s childhood with such an uncaring brother. Farm life is hard and I feel heart wrenching to the 5 through 8 years old having little to no parental comfort and not enough to eat. Her story is inspiring because with the meager she grew up with, she still loves school and loves to learn. I like following Merrow’s view and experience her life through her eyes as she grows up. I like her self motivation and how she looks on the bright side instead of letting her family’s rundown cottage, stinky outhouse, constant dirt under her nails, and wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs weigh her down.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Merrow Shawe as she got woken up from a dream seeing herself swallowing a red bird. She lives by the sea with her new fiance Will. They are having guests over the next day for their housewarming slash engagement slash wedding party. She has secrets that her new husband doesn’t know about and one of them is the anonymous letter indicating that they know what she did and they could take it all away. After the first chapter of the party, the story is then divided into 3 parts. Starting at Horseshoe Cliff, living in a cottage by the sea when Merrow was 5, growing up with a bully brother 10 years her senior and a dad who busied himself with farming. She never knew her mom. When she was 8, her dad became a guardian to an adopted boy named Amir, also 8. They became each other’s support and companion that Merrow lacked. When she was 16, by chance she met a lady who saw her intellectual and offered to help send her to college, at the same time, Amir went missing.
You, Me, and the Sea is very well written and a fast paced read! The writing is great because I can feel the voice of Merrow at each age stage. I like learning about her parents’ relationship. Merrow and Amir’s adventure into Osha to glimpse at how other people live is meaningful, though I would prefer that they do it through an open house or estate sale. I like Will’s family and that wealthy people aren’t always so conceited. The friendship in this book is the best with Merrow’s dad Jacob and Rei and with Merrow and Amir. I enjoy the twist in the end about Merrow’s mom, Rei’s death, and the challenge of choosing where Merrow’s heart belongs to. This book do make me cry, but it also reminds me to look on the bright side. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, friendship, slow build romance, family, life by the sea, a helping hand, diversity
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaway. Many thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.