"It's funny how just when you think you're done with life you find out it's not done with you."
Jesse Barnham is a depressed artist contemplating suicide until finding an abandoned baby sea otter brings her back to the land of the living. She may not be able to recall a happy past but she can still, just barely, imagine a happy future.
Ted Wallace is a marine veterinarian, ignoring the signs of his progressing illness, hoping they will somehow go away.
When Jesse and Ted meet in an attempt to save the baby sea otter, it’s unclear whether they can move beyond their differences. Each clearly sees the other's failings but not their own. And as Jesse begins putting her life back together Ted is slowly losing his.
This heart-warming tale is a reminder that the things that we save, often hold the power to save us.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10
Plot: This is a wonderful feel-good story that readers will relish. At times, the implausible happens, but the reader will forgive these oversights because the storyline is so engrossing.
Prose: The prose here is top-notch. The first person narrative brings a sense of emotional resonance and immediacy to the reading experience.
Originality: Hontos offers a highly original premise. The focus on animal life and the solace to be found from helping another, provides a memorable and inspiring story.
Character/Execution: This is an engaging work full of notable, sympathetic, and distinctive characters that will captivate and move readers.
Date Submitted: July 06, 2021