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Charlotte, St Helen and St Katharine

Beyond the Bright Sea

When she was only a few hours old, someone put her in an old boat and pushed her out to sea. She washed up on a tiny, windswept island with two things, a ruby ring and a sea soaked letter, of which just a few cryptic words remain. Her name is Crow.

Crow settles in to her life on the Elizabeth Islands with Osh and Miss Maggie to care for her. Around her, the other islands are full of people and life except one; the Penikese. It used to house lepers and everyone is afraid of it. Could Crow be from there? Maybe that will explain why people don’t ever touch her, why they are afraid of her. Crow is determined to find out.

Then a mysterious fire appears from across the water and Crow just knows that it’s from the Penikese. She persuades Osh to take her in his boat, but the bird keeper who has just moved to the island is unwelcoming and scary. Back on Cuttyhunk were Miss Maggie comes from, the new bird keeper they described created a very different picture. Still, they discover that their mission was not in vain when they find some old remains and a strange sound. But they can’t stay to see more when the bird keeper tells them to stay away. In this mysterious adventure, all is not as it seems...

This story takes place on the Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts in 1925. It has a great plot though I think it could be improved with a few more twists as when I was reading it I was second guessing what would happen next.The story is told from Crow’s point of view and this helps portray her longing to know who her family are and where she comes from.Thankfully the Author ties up all the loose ends at the end of the book, though a few are tied up throughout the book, which gives you satisfaction.

Posted on: 29th March 2018 at 02:27 pm

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