By Meg Donohue
Published May 7, 2019 by William Morrow
Source: Purchased for myself
About the Book:
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.
This gorgeous cover drew me into this book the first time I saw it! I've also read several of Meg Donohue's books and enjoyed them (my previous favorite was Dog Crazy) so I was super excited to pre-order and get my hands on this one! The book was inspired by Wuthering Heights, which I read in high school and don't remember liking, but this retelling was fantastic. I loved the setting, I loved the flow of the story and how it was organized, and I loved the characters (especially Merrow). I loved how the ocean itself and Merrow's connection to it was even a character in itself. My heart hurt for Merrow and Amir and the abuse Bear put them through. The ending of the story was so emotional!
Donohue's writing is so eloquent and so easy to read that it made the book hard to put down. I definitely had a book hangover from this one and didn't want to leave the world of Horseshoe Cliff! This isn't a typical beach read like the cover suggests--it's much deeper and completely worth the read!