Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on June 1, 2016
Genres: YA, Contemporary
I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Five simple words: That's all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham's life in the summer of 1989.
Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she's made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie's inn, in Ambler's Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she's worked so hard to get into?
Her aunt's inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.
Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler's Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic's got a secret. It's a secret he's keeping from Josie, and he's worried if it gets out, it'll ruin everything, and she'll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.
Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler's Fork - away from her family and everything she's ever known.
Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?
Josie is on her way to Nashville to spend the summer with her father. Torn about wanting to go she decides to take the exit to her Aunt’s Inn and spend the summer there. It starts out with what would have been a tragedy if it wasn’t for Chic who saves her. They get to know each other through the summer and learn to take a harder look at themselves and what they really want for their future.
In An Oyster Shell – This was a heartwarming read that is a must-read for summer.
The Pearls – From the beginning of the book it has a very nice tone to it. From the character voice to the setting depicted by great descriptions it was a book you could comfortably get lost in. The title of the book was appropriate and set a great precedent for the book.
This book had fantastic characters. Each character had their respective qualities and flaws. There were quite a few characters and each one had their role to play. It takes a lot of talent to write that many characters and still have the story flow smoothly.
The romance in this book was sweet and realistic. I like how each love interest was aware of their own flaws but brought out the best in each other. I like that the couple endured different obstacles from their respective lives and they made it work anyways.
The Sand – There was some rough language in it that wasn’t really consistent with the tone of the book.
I had a really hard time deciding what to rate this book. I wanted to rate it lower because the rough language really stuck out like a sore thumb. Yet, I can’t bring myself to giving this book a lower score because in the end 5 pearls are books that I would consider timeless. This book will withstand the test of time, I will give this book away, it is one of the few books I would consider reading again. Years from now I will remember this book, I can overlook it’s one flaw.
5 Pearls it is!
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