I received a free book for my honest review.
About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (August 26, 2014)
About the Author:
Sometimes you find an author who writes in such a way that you are no longer reading but rather experiencing the story. Katy Simpson Smith in her debut, The Story of Land and Sea had that magic pen. I picked up the book and from the first page I found myself immersed in the world that Ms. Smith was creating. It was not a happy world in a lot of ways as the story revolves around love and loss.
The novel starts in 1793 in Beaufort, S.C., with a father and his daughter. His wife died in childbirth and he remembers their freedom as they sailed as privateers. She married against her father Asa’s will for love and her father never forgave her or her husband but he did love his granddaughter. In her he saw the hope for the future he lost when his daughter died. But Tabitha does not want to be a lady of the manor any more than her mother Helen did.
A crisis strikes leading Tabitha and her father John to a hasty decision that will alienate them from Asa and cause a spiral down for all. Also involved in the story is Moll, a slave given to Helen as a 10th birthday present.
This is not a book that deals with easy themes and it does not spare the reader on emotions but the writing is so good that you just float along on the tide of the story. I found my self crying more than once and it’s been a long time since a book impacted me in that way. I forgot I was reading – it was not an easy read but it was so very easy to read. I’ll be keeping this one to read again and I suspect it will become a favorite despite the sorrow.