This book is heartwarming, captivating and a thumping good love story. David M. Barnett is great at creating relatable characters and celebrating the heroic in ordinary lives
It made me laugh out loud, cry, yell at the characters in places (eg Gayle when she was under the spell of awful, soulless Tom)... you get the picture. I also loved it because it was one of those books that's quick and easy to read, yet has substance. I loved the blend of so many different elements: modern humour; great characterisation; a genuinely moving love story; the individual growth of both Gayle and Martin as they struggled to figure out what mattered to them; the beautiful descriptions of the natural world; the heartbreaking theme of humans' attitude to the environment; plus the audaciously whimsical device of Bruce (love Bruce) - it really had it all in spades. And in the right balance so that it was neither depressing nor frothy. It was wonderful
I truly loved it! It's a gorgeous, sweeping love story, with some fabulous quirks (including the talking seal!) which really makes you think about happiness, love and the potentially devastating impact loneliness can have on your life. It truly was a magical story with light, dark and all the shades in between. A triumph.