Jessi Kirby - Moonglass
Offered for review by Simon & Schuster
Available now through June 29,2011 (for free online review)
When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.
Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.
But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.
I sometimes forgot I was reading a debut novel. This book is so well written with a strong, mysterious story line, touched by fantasy, full of raw emotion and had just enough romance. I felt I was in a Nicholas Sparks novel at times (and that's really saying something)!! Kirby's shared knowledge and descriptions of the locations and activities that are the heart of this novel as well as the ones that outline it was so in depth and detailed but somehow managed to not go overboard. I truly believe Kirby is well on her way to a very lucrative career as a novelist. I, for one, cannot wait to read another of her stories -- remember that name, Jessi Kirby.