Because some parts of our past can never be buried deeply enough…
When Julia drags her suitcases onto the front porch one rainy day in April and closes the door on life as she knew it, her disappearance seems completely out of character, a snap decision that simply has to be a mistake. After all, life for Julia doesn’t just seem perfect—it actually is. A successful career, a husband whose smile, even after 25 years, still gives her tingles, and two kids who have grown into adults any parent would be proud of—Julia has it all.
Her disappearance, without any warning, trace, or credible explanation, leaves her family devastated. To them, nothing about it makes sense, while to Julia it is the only option. In fact, she is merely following through on a promise she made to herself half a lifetime ago. While she had hoped and prayed that she would never have to put her plan into action, there is absolutely no way that she will let history repeat itself. But what in her past could possibly have left scars deep enough to make her leave the people she loves? What is she trying to protect them from? And why now, more than thirty years later?
While her family is reeling with questions, Julia finds refuge in a tiny beach community in Northern California. All she wants is to be left alone, but the kindness and empathy of the welcoming residents complicate things. With her determination starting to crumble, will Julia have the strength to go through with her plan? Will her family, divided by mixed reactions to being abandoned, come together to look for her? Will they find a way to track her down? Most of all, will they get there before it is too late? And what is the deal with the persistent bird that simply will not leave her alone?
Only time will tell—and time is the one thing Julia does not have.
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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. So it has been a while since I have found myself crying through a book (which is a tad unusual as I do tend to cry pretty easily) but this was an incredibly well-written tear-jerker of a story! By the first chapter, I was emotionally invested and I really wanted to find out how Julia would continue to handle everything. This is a story that confronts one’s mortality, as well as how a serious illness affects yourself and those closest to you, it shows that no decision is easy, and all the different ways different people react to situations. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to read a book that will take you on one hell of a rollercoaster of emotions.
A powerful four out of five stars read
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes
About the Author
Born and raised in Germany, M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. One of them, Dusty, a spunky terrier mix, found its way into her debut novel.
When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out story lines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach – her proverbial ‘happy place’. M’s love for the beach and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in The Pelican.
“Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time ‘real’ job has its challenges. I don’t get to spend half as much time as I’d like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!”
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