Author: Delia Owens
Goodreads Synopsis: “For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.“
Review: I’ve been in such a reading slump and finally, finally I found a story worth telling you all about. I’ll admit, there were times that I found the story a little slow but in the end I couldn’t not love this (spoiler 5 stars!). Kya’s story of survival and overcoming everything that happened to her as child is a story that will leave you amazed at the strength and resilience people have. This story covers everything, resilience of a young child into an adult after everyone leaves her, the prejudice people may see when they look at someone different and the challenges of living the south in the 1960’s. But it also showed that in the end, people can change and they can change for the better when needed. This story also shows that while some people have such prejudices there are others in this world that do not. I loved Tate, Mabel and Jumpin’, characters that just brought the whole story together.
This finally got me out of my slump, so much so that I’ve signed back up for Book of The Month Club.
“His dad had told him many times that the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars