As a mother, I was a bit tentative to read a book about child abduction. However, Seashell Season dealt with the subject after the fact, when thankfully, the child is reunited with her mother.
Verity’s daughter Gemma was taken as an infant by her father 17 years ago, never to be seen or heard from until the day the father made the mistake of getting caught stealing a car. When she returns to Maine to live with Verity, she learns that everything her dad told her was untrue. He filled her head with horrible lies about Verity. Gemma is so conflicted, as can be expected, especially being a teenager. Holly Chamberlin tells the alternating between mother and daughter; I always like this style of storytelling, as you get to experience both points of view. As the story progresses, Gemma and Verity go through the highs and lows of the mother/daughter relationship. I thought Verity wasn’t strong enough in dealing with some of the defiance she encountered with Gemma, but I realized the author wanted her to come across as a mom who has the patience of a saint, especially after waiting for so long for her daughter. All in all, this was a feel good, although at times slow moving tale of the never ending love a mother has for her child.
Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for an advanced copy of this book.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Seashell Season
Author: Holly Chamberlin
Release Date: June 28, 2016