Sea Escape, releasing today, by Lynne Griffin is a book that I really enjoyed. This story was emotionally charged for me; it’s the story of family – of the things that are important and of the things that we hold secret without thought to the consequences. For me, it was also the story of a woman still striving for her mother’s love even as an adult with children of her own. I felt a deep connection to this story which is probably why I liked it so much. It’s also very much a love story – of a couple and of a woman’s desire to have everything perfect from her love for her man to the home and family she’s dreamed of all her life. Yet, it takes only one thing to go wrong to upset this delicate balance and throw it all into a turmoil.
Laura is married with two kids at home and a great career that she loves as a nurse taking care of newborn babies. As well there is her mother Helen, someone Laura has strived almost her whole life to understand. As a child her mother doted on her but then tragedy struck and Laura’s mother went into a depression and after that Laura’s life was very much different. Her mother was no longer there for her emotionally. Laura has spent her life wondering why her mother didn’t love her anymore. What had she done?
Tragedy strikes yet again as Laura’s mother has a stroke and is in a coma. Laura, in an attempt to better understand her mother begins to read private letters from her father to her mother that her mother has vigilantly kept to herself over all the years. She also decides to try reading them to her mother; Laura believed if anything could bring her mother out of a comma it would definitely be her father’s words.
Through these letters though Laura begins getting a very different picture of her mother and also more of an understanding as to why her mother was the way she had been over the years. The story unfolding before her eyes is one very different from what she thought her parent’s and her mother’s life to be. The woman she calls her mother; someone she hasn’t been allowed to get to know, is beginning to make a lot more sense to her. Laura begins to realize that her mother isn’t who she had always thought – she wasn’t just a cold and unemotional person. She was a very private person who just didn’t know how to open up after being hurt.
As Laura fights to make sure her mother receives proper care she begins to realize through the letters and very difficult conversations with her mother due to the stroke that they may not be so different from each other as she’s always thought. As more and more secrets come to light Laura develops a relationship with the mother she thought she had lost.
There are so many layers to this story that it’s hard to put it all into words. It’s very much a story of a mother and daughter. A daughter wanting her mother’s love yet never feeling as though she’s getting it. I found the story and characters very real. Laura was a character I really liked. She seemed to be a loving and caring woman who, even though she felt distanced from her mother, still wanted to do everything possible to try one last time to get close to her. For me, this is where I connected to this story so strongly. My mom and I have a relationship a lot like that. I love her more than anything but we don’t have that close mother/daughter bond that I’d like because for whatever reason she doesn’t allow that. I could really see myself in Laura; always making that attempt to get closer, to understand.
The story goes back and forth between the present with Laura and the past with her parents when they were first in love and starting a life. It never seems confusing; the chapters flow together nicely. Sea Escape was a page-turner for me. I just couldn’t put it down -from the very beginning the story gripped me and once everything started unfolding and the secrets that had been buried so long were being realized – I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I would recommend Sea Escape to those who enjoy mother/daughter relationship books like I do. If you’re looking for a book club pick, Sea Escape would be a terrific choice. I think novels that involve mother/daughter dynamics and family life in general can really spark a great deal of great conversation.
As a note, this story was actually inspired by the author’s personal family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.
I read Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. I’m the first of the tour stops so you have lots of other stops to check out here. Make sure to pop in and visit Lynne Griffin’s website. You can purchase your own copy of Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin here in the US and here in Canada.
This is a great giveaway: not only do I have 1 copy of Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin up for grabs but a copy of her first novel Life Without Summer will also be included in the giveaway to 1 winner! What do you need to do…
- Leave me a comment with a way to contact you. Please leave me an email address or I will delete your entry. Thank you.
That’s it. Easy Peasy. This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) as the books will be coming to the winner from the publisher. I will draw for the winner on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Good luck!
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