First Impressions: Miracle Beach by Erin Celello
About the front:
So here we have a girl walking into the water. The first thing I think about is suicide. Sad, but true. Why else would someone, all dressed, slowly walk into what looks to be a lake? Now I see no beach, but I can assume it’s in the way foreground, where we don’t see it. And that’s okay because my mind can envision that with no problem. So does the beach bring miracles then? Does going into the water bring about a miracle for the girl in the peach dress?
I don’t know, but it’s raising questions as I stare at image.
I love the greens and blues and the contrast in her attire.
I love the simplicity of the text too. Clear. Concise. Clear. Did I say that already?
Now let’s look at what the back says:
In a stirring debut novel, the discovery of a husband’s troubling secrets after his death shakes his wife’s faith in their marriage and herself.
Macy Allen, an accomplished equestrienne, has relied on her horses and her husband, Nash, to pull her through. But after Nash dies in a tragic accident, Macy learns devastating secrets about his life that rock her belief in their marriage and herself. Nash’s mother, Magda, blames Macy for her only son’s death. When her husband, Jack, moves to Vancouver Island in a desperate attempt to feel closer to the son he’s lost and never really knew, Magda’s bitterness threatens to alienate the people she needs most. As this unlikely family questions how well they knew Nash and what love really means, still another surprise awaits them-an irrepressible child who will overturn all their expectations…
Does it match? Front to Back without the in between?
Um … well … where’s the beach come into play? Where is the conflict for the girl? Is that the child? This sounds like a book wrought with emotional tugging … on those heartstrings.
I don’t understand why the blurb has the same thing written (effectively) twice (the opening line is basically repeated). Is this really about the wife or is this about the Mom or is this about the child? Going back to the cover, I’m gleaning now that this is really about the child as the girl now looks young to me.
So if it’s about the child, why isn’t the book description centered around her and not around the wife and Mom? Where does the child come into play? To throw that line into the ends seems like someone thought ‘oh yeah, better add something about the true point of the story.” Anyway … I still think the ‘feel’ of the cover fits the look of a women’s fiction/literary fiction story.
Where I’d read it
Not at the beach. This isn’t a beach read to me. This is a time for when I’m depressed and just need to wallow in someone else’s problems.
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