First thoughts when I finished this magnificent novel: "I'm a damn emotional wreck!"
Thailand's pristine and remote Ko Phi Phi island attracts tourists from around the world, offering a haven to people from all walks of life. Yet even paradise has its perils. Struggling to make ends meet, resort owners Lek and Sarai are happy to give an American named Patch room and board in exchange for his help. But trouble looms when Patch's brother, Ryan, arrives, accompanied by his beautiful girlfriend, Brooke. Lek leanrs that Patch is running from the law, and his mere presence puts Lek's family at risk. Meanwhile, Brooke begins to doubt her love for Ryan, while her feelings for Patch blossom. The two brothers, once inseparable, clash over a choice that could alter their lives. In a glorious landscape of sea and sky, where nature's bounty seems endless, these two families are caught in the cross currents of conflict and change- and swept up in an approaching cataclysm that will require all their strength of heart and souls to survive.
I have to say that I'm blown away by Shors writing. I could kick myself for waiting so long to experience his talent but now that I have, I will be reading all of his books. I'm amazed at how he was able to lull me into this sense of peace and beauty. I could imagine myself on the beach in Ko Phi Phi. I could smell the wonderful food that Sarai made for her guests and family. I could hear the children's laughter and the gentle ribbing that Sarai's mother would do to her on a daily basis. Shors made me care about each and every person that he created. I loved Patch and felt myself drawn to this gentle soul. I could also understand Patch's brother, Ryan. Being a first-born myself, I have always felt the pressure to be the perfect child, and of course, my brother's protector. So page after page, I was drawn deeper and deeper into these character's lives and then I knew that the inevitable was going to happen because I'd come to that chapter. The one that would unleash the terror of that horrible day (Tsunami in Thailand)...but I had to read on and experience their disbelief, shock, hurt, and sacrifice.
Recommend? With no hesitations whatsoever. This book made me experience so many emotions...I can't begin to tell you or adequately express how I felt while reading this book. All I can say is that I broke down and cried as if my heart had been broken. I cried for these characters and for the real people that had to go through that day of hell. If you've never read John Shors this is a great place to start. His words convey emotions, pictures, and so much more....I'm in love with his storytelling.
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Genre: What it means to be human - Literary Fiction
Published: September 06, 2011
Publisher: NAL Trade
Disclaimer:Thank you to John Shors for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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