I received this book from Netgalley for review consideration.
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
Published by Penguin on April 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change.
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.
For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn’t quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters.
As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike’s and Liza’s worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes’s signature humor and generosity.
After reading Me Before You earlier this month, I just knew I had to read more books by Jojo Moyes. When I saw Silver Bay was available on Netgalley, I hit that request button immediately! Silver Bay was originally published in the U.K. in 2007 but is available for the first time in the U.S. on April 29 as an e-book. The paperback will follow on August 26.
Why oh why do we have to wait so long for these books in the U.S.? Hopefully on the back of the success of Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind we will see more of Jojo on this side of the Atlantic. After all Jojo’s latest novel One Plus One will be available on July 1st, just seven long months after the U.K. publication. Much sooner than the seven years we had to wait for Silver Bay.
Okay, back to my thoughts on Silver Bay.
For me Silver Bay was a book I needed to read in long sittings. I started reading at the tail end of last week and was only able to enjoy a chapter here and there. I was not immediately drawn in. I knew something was up with Liza and I needed to know what that something was but it was talking too long to get there. It wasn’t until Sunday when I had a real chance to sit and read without interruption. I got about half way through and knew I had to finish reading that night. Which I did!
I thought Liza’s daughter Hannah was adorable, and I was rooting for her to be given the freedom she deserved. But then I found out why Liza needed to protect her and I was just in awe at how this little girl seemed relatively unaffected by what happened, at least on the outside. I felt little empathy for Mike Dormer, I mean he catapulted himself right into the middle of what was right and what was wrong. He needed to fix his mistakes and keep this family safe.
I thought Silver Bay was a beautiful location for the story. Although a fictional place I am told that there are many places just like that in Australia. I really enjoyed reading about the whale migration and how the local residents would do anything to protect them and to keep them coming back after hundreds of years.
I shed a few tears at the end when all the loose ends in the story were tied up.
I would’ve liked to read more about some of the secondary characters, specifically some of the other whale watchers. Like how they ended up in Silver Bay, and their thoughts about the potential resort being built. This stuff didn’t just affect Liza and her family, but also the community.
I hope to read another novel by Jojo Moyes soon. The Ship of Brides sounds interesting! Although this is another one yet to be available in the U.S. the ebook is set for release on May 27, 2014 and the paperback in October. I guess I will have to be patient.