Wednesday, August 24, 2011
'Shadows on the Sand' by Gayle Roper
I love the subplots and current issues included in this book. While this book definitely falls into the 'romance' category, it does not read like your typical romantic novel; the plot is far deeper and more complex. Issues relevant to today's society are woven seamlessly throughout the story, making the characters more believable and adding layers to the plot. Alcoholism, forgiveness, cults, grief, and teen runaways are all dealt with in a real and knowledgeable manner. It would be easy to make this another surface issue who-likes-whom story, but Roper goes deeper, and that alone makes this story stand out. The smooth flow and colorful word choice only makes it better.
I've read several of Roper's novels, and this is by far my favorite. I will be seeking out the rest of the Seaside Series - soon!
If you'd like to read Chapter One of Shadows on the Sand for free, click here.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.