The Color of Water in July by Nora Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What attracted me to this book was the Northern Michigan setting, but the story was what kept me reading. There are only so many stories. It's how they are told that makes the difference.
THE STORY: Jess is 33 and has just inherited a big Victorian cottage she hopes to sell so she will finally have some money to comfortably cushion her ordinary life in New York City. Reluctantly returning to Journey's End after so many years, however, awakens yearnings for lost opportunities, family secrets, and old loves.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Carefully plotted, the reader finds clues from the memories of two women separated in time by many years. The story belongs to Jess, but the revelations come from Mamie, her grandmother. The story is not as predictable as one might assume and there is some lovely writing.
"I call that summer blue, the color of water in July - all of promise wrapped up in it, and every disappointment too."
"It had turned August now, you could feel it right away, the lack of sincerity of summer, the hint that it was already planning to leave."The Northern Michigan setting is a character as well and capable of inducing all sorts of nostalgic memories of summers by the water. It is obvious that the author knows and loves this part of Michigan.
The message of the book is an important one. Hold on to what matters. The trick is to find out what truly matters.
FIRST SENTENCE: "There must be a precise moment when wet cement turns dry, when it no longer accepts footprints or scratched-in declarations of love; an ordinary moment, unnoticed, just like any."
BOTTOM LINE: After reading this book, I immediately requested permission to download the author's second book Academy Girls and loved that as well! Highly recommended.
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Title: The Color of Water in July
Author: Nora Carroll
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Chic-Lit
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
No. of Pages:235 pages
Copyright: August 18, 2015
"Nora Carroll is a pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Letts. As Nora Carroll, she writes multi-layered novels filled with the things she loves most-- rambling houses, old letters and manuscripts, and most importantly, the mysteries of love, women, and family." (from Amazon)