Plot: Right from the start, readers will be drawn into the story. Subsequent backstory never undercuts the tension, and the swift pacing keeps readers turning pages.
Prose: The voice adeptly carries the plot; the writing is clean, unadorned, and unambiguous. However, the use of clichés or near-clichés is unfortunate.
Originality: The story proficiently combines classic themes, while the plot is delightfully unique.
Character Development: The characters here are well developed, particularly the leads. The author also lends complex, thought provoking traits to secondary characters.
Blurb: This book is perfect for any reader looking for a page-turning adventure.
Date Submitted: August 18, 2017
“Over the falls for you… my heart wide open,” singer/songwriter Joe croons to Lorna, whom he can’t put out of his mind. While Joe attempts to forget Lorna and invest his altruistic energy elsewhere, Lorna escapes his care to find her own escape-artist mother. This second book by Amy Waeschle is about telling the difficult truth to those who least want to hear it. Lorna insists on helping her dying mother, even against her mom’s wishes. Joe has to come to grips with the true object of his devotion. These difficult relationships contrast paradisiacal backdrops in Fiji, Mexico, Washington State and California, among other spots. Alongside the main characters, supporting characters offer levity as well as side drama. There’s Marty, Joe’s partying bandmate, Garth, the pro surfer who’ll do anything to catch the next biggest wave, and Francine, who exposes herself to get exposure as an actress. Surfing brings Lorna together with her mom, Joe and other characters she meets as a surfer and doctor. Told with empathy and realism, the characters hold on to dreams we readers root for them to achieve.