Sometimes you read a book in which the author ruins the plot by trying to do too much. That was the case in Sea Change by Karen White.
The book is the story of Ava Whalen, a 34-year-old newlywed who is afraid of water but finds herself married and living on an island with her new husband. While on the island, Ava discovers that strange feelings of not belonging and odd dreams that she’s had her entire life are remnants of something quite real. She also discovers that she’s not who she always thought she was.
I don’t like historical fiction, but I was drawn to the back-and-forth between past and present in this book’s story. Unfortunately, the book would have been better if the author had stuck to the current-day plot and left out all of the past. Instead it ended up being a book with too many characters and complex problems.
Sea Change wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read so far this year, but it also wasn’t my least favorite. It seems I gave a similar review to White’s book, The Time Between. Perhaps I just don’t enjoy White’s style of storytelling. Either way, if you like historical fiction, you might enjoy Sea Change more than I did. Otherwise, I would move to the next book on your list.
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