I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore reading and do it as much as possible. From blog posts to magazines to books, I always have something on my bed stand and in my beach bag waiting to be read. It’s part of who I am. When I started writing reviews via the BlogHer Book Club, on Sarah’s Cucina Bella, I realized how much I adore evaluating books and sharing my thoughts on them. So it seems like a natural fit to include book reviews on Sarah by the Sea. After all, beach reading is a big thing, right?
I am taking it a step further than the average review. Below each review, you will find two ratings. The first is my beach rating, which judges the book’s suitability for reading at the beach. After all, we all know that beach books should be entertaining, interesting and engaging – but never heavy. The second is my overall rating, which judges the book as a whole, regardless of where you read it.
In Leah’s Wake Review
The first book up? In Leah’s Wake by Terri Guiliano Long, which I read on my Kindle (the Kindle version is currently priced at $2.24!).
When I started reading In Leah’s Wake, I had no idea what it was about and half assumed it would involve a child dying. Thankfully it did not. But the ensuing book still touched deep places.
In Leah’s Wake is a story about a seemingly perfect family, the Tylers. They have good jobs, a great house and two great kids who excel at the things that interest them most. But their lives take a bad turn when eldest daughter Leah starts dating Todd, a drug-using high school dropout, and upends her life — and her family’s in the process.
This is an emotional story of a family coming apart at the seams. They love each other, but just can’t seem to communicate … and everything seems to just fall to pieces.
What I appreciated about this book was that it was a very real look at life. There were no magic fixes to the problem, and the family wasn’t able to overcome their problems with a mere conversation. But, that said, sometimes it felt like the characters were just too detached from their situation — not reacting as I would expect a family to. Also, in the end, the wrap up was a little thin for me. I wanted to know more and to really understand.
Overall, I enjoyed this book — but I have to admit that this was a little emotionally heavy for a beach read.