“It’s only out there that I feel completely free, unencumbered by the problems and stresses of this world. The sea doesn’t care about any of it, and that nonchalance reminds me that we are only here for a short time and to embrace the gifts of nature while we can.”– Kay Bratt
Quinn Maguire has a stable life, a fiancé, and what she thinks is a clear vision for her future. All of that comes undone by her mother’s deathbed confession—the absentee father Quinn spent thirty years resenting is not her real father at all. With that one revealing whisper, Quinn embarks on a journey to Maui, her mother’s childhood home, a storied paradise that holds the truth about her mother’s past and all its secrets Quinn is determined to uncover.
But settling on the island has its complications, and with the fiancé she left behind questioning every choice she makes, Quinn’s quest for her truth is even more difficult than she expected. As time passes and she digs deeper into her family history and her own identity, one thing becomes clear: Maui is as beautiful as she’d always imagined, and its magic is helping uncover the woman that Quinn was always meant to be.
I was not sure about this book when I first started it. But, I most definitely was pleasantly surprised!
The authors writing style was very impressive and I loved it! She hooked me from the start and I was unable to put the book down since! Absolutely beautiful writing!
In the beginning Quinn is very timid, shy, and just goes with the flow weather it’s what’s best for her or not. Quinn honestly reminds me a lot of myself. I was a people pleaser for the sake of not wanting to start conflict. However, Quinn’s character development through the book is astonishing and I could feel myself grinning for ear to ear with each step she took to a better self. I was so proud!
Not only did Quinn have an astounding character development other characters did as well! I grew to really like and care for them. The book didn’t sole focus on Quinn, it gave a lot of background and history on other significant characters as well. That is one thing I loved about this book was the depth, and the authors ability to get the reader to care for not just the main character but others as well.
Overall, this was an amazing book that had a lot of depth and will stick with me for a long time. It was very well written and so realistic that I almost forgot it was fiction.