Matilda, St Helen and St Katharine
Beyond the Bright Sea
I enjoyed this book because it was similar to a mystery story and I enjoy that genre very much. The book had twists that weren't always obvious which held my interest. I found the characters and the plot very realistic, and the characterisation is suitable for the setting and era. The author has structured the book so that slowly as the story builds, as a reader you develop a strong idea of Crow's (the main character's) past.
One night in the Elizabeth Islands a skiff (type of boat), a ruby ring, a letter, and a small baby girl only hours old, washes up on the shore by Oshe's house. Crow grows up on the tiny island with Oshe and Miss Maggie as her only companions. Crow never really thought about her past, and when she spots a fire over on one of the abandoned islands, she gets curious.
This book shows how people can change over time, but some people are still adamant in their ways. This book feels like Crow's journey to finding out about the true meaning of what a family is.
I rate this book 8/10 because I loved the book but I have marked it down because the big twist was quite obvious. I found the daily routine on the island believable. I was interested in the way people treated Crow as I didn't know what or where she had come from. The author seems in control and does tie up loose ends at the end of the story. I also like the fact that there are two stories running alongside each other, as they are both connected. You have the main story, the story of Crow and her true family, and you have the story of the shipwreck.
Posted on: 19th April 2018 at 09:11 am
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