Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God's Daughter follows Ruthie and her sister, Dolly as they carve out a life in a place filled with natural beauty, meteorological myths, and exotic folklore. Raised by a mother drawn to the ocean and guided by the moons, their heritage is a mystery and their mother often absent, forcing the two girls to confront the social and sexual mores of the time on their own, caught in the riptide of a culture that alternately glorifies and demonizes female sexuality.
Well, I've been thinking about this review for over a week now and honestly, I still don't really know what to say about this book. There were parts that I enjoyed and other parts not so much. Ruthie and Dolly are two characters that pulled on my heart strings and I did feel for their plight and the crazy mother figure they had to endure!! But what I didn't really care for was the mystical aspect. At times it confused me and quite honestly, I wasn't entirely sure that it added that "unique" twist to the story. I never felt drawn to the story and I was able to easily walk away from it and not care whether I actually finished it or not. I think the best term for my thoughts on this one would be- ambivalent. I didn't really care one way or another. Now in all fairness I do want to put in writing that I am going through an emotional upheaval and was certainly feeling in the dumps when I read this one. I know that if I had been in a better frame of mind I might have a totally different opinion on this novel.
Recommend? I wouldn't run out and tell my friends that they had to read this one. But I also wouldn't discourage anyone from wanting to try it. Many book bloggers have loved the author's debut work (which I will try for sure) and they would probably enjoy this one too!
Source: SparkPoint Studio
Disclaimer: Thank you to Erin@Penguin 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 MY experience while reading this novel.
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