When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?
As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.
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Cora is stuck in an overly pink house for the summer. It’s not exactly her dream summer. There is a beach nearby, but she can’t swim, so no plus points for that. Cora spends her summer hanging out with snobby kids her age and talking to a strange old woman.
I didn’t like any of the kids Cora spent her time with. They were all full of themselves and clueless. Cora wasn’t clueless, she was just confused. Her parents (mostly her mother) have plans for her future, but she had other plans. I understood her need to take a break before going to college, but I understood her parents as well. They were just worried, and they wanted a future that was secure for her.
I really liked Rory. He was presumptuous of Cora’s personality at first, but he redeemed himself. I couldn’t blame him either, because all of the kids who lived within Cora’s vicinity weren’t exactly some of the nicest people.
I really liked the feel of this book. They lived near the beach, and I felt relaxed while reading it. There were secrets uncovered that led to Cora making decisions that I didn’t agree with. I hope everything will be fixed in the next book!