I really enjoyed this book. The physical, emotional, and racial tensions were sometimes hard to digest. But the author did a great job of bringing them to your attention. You cared about how each person handled their situation … and how the town dealt with the tensions and issues.
Aila was such a strong woman and it was painful to see her struggle with her emotional pain. But she was such a wonderful and caring person who didn’t see color or race or religion…she simply saw the integrity of the person. Oh, if more people were like her!
Sam’s struggles as an ex-Navy Seal was difficult. But I think the book really touched on the emotional as well as the physical issues that face vets. And then you add the fact that he is judged based on his religious beliefs. It just gets a rise out of you that people can be so shallow.
There were some really wonderful moments between the whale rescue to the town gathering around to support Aila to growing friendships and relationships. It was an emotional book but well worth the read!
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.