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Review: SILVER BAY by Jojo Moyes
May 13th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

19802590A modern love story

from Jojo Moyes,

the New York Times

bestselling author of 

Me Before You 

SILVER BAY

By Jojo Moyes

 

Jojo Moyes became a household name with her breakaway hit, the New York Times bestselling Me Before You, and The Girl You Left Behind.  SILVER BAY  (Penguin E-book; On-sale April 29, 2014; $9.99; 978-0-69-8156357) now available in the U.S. for the first time, is a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change.

Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.

The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.

For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn’t quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters.

As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike’s and Liza’s worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes’s signature humor and generosity.

My review of SILVER BAY:

Another absolute must read by Jojo Moyes, author of ME BEFORE YOU and many other excellent novels.

From the moment you begin this novel, the multiple characters narrating SILVER BAY will pull you into their story and keep you guessing. They’ll fill your mind with images of Silver Bay, they’ll teach you that people can be transformed, and they’ll make you long for an Australian vacation to watch the magnificent whales and dolphins in the secluded bay with a rundown hotel. You may even be able to get a taste of an ice-cold beer and smell the salty air.

This is so much more than a love story. There are multi-dementions and angles to the story. There are multi-generations that give their perspectives, each one adding their pieces to the whole for a richer, more interesting tale.

I can’t even begin to sing the praises of Jojo Moyes and her incredible storytelling talent. It’s bloody brilliant. Prepare to have a few kleenexes on hand. Prepare to fall in love with Mike and Liza, and Aunt Kathleen and Nino, and even the dog Milly. Most of all, eleven-year-old Hannah will grab ahold of your heart and keep you wondering about her life, not as it is now, but what it will be ten years from now. If you’re like me, you’ll want to think about her and her family and friends and Silver Bay and the future.

There is NOTHING Jojo Moyes writes that I can’t or won’t rave about to anyone who’ll listen. You might as well put all her books on your to-read list, that is, if you haven’t done so already!

About the Author

Jojo

Jojo Moyes signing at ALA

JOJO MOYES is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover.  Her new novel One Plus One will be published by Pamela Dorman Books / Viking on July 1, 2014. She is also the author of the e-only novella Honeymoon in Paris as well as Silver Bay (Penguin / on-sale: August 26) and The Ship of Brides (Penguin / on-sale: October 28).  Moyes also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives with her husband and their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

Praise for Jojo Moyes:

“When I finished [Me Before You], I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it…Moyes’s story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognize, really are worth crying over….Moyes’s heroine,  if Lou can be so styled, may not be heroic; her male counterpart may be nobody’s idea of a leading man—and yet with Lou and Will she has created

an affair to remember.”— New York Times Book Review

[Me Before You is] a hilarious, heart-breaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book.”

—Anne Lamott, People

“There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you don’t want the story to end, and that’s what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes’…ME BEFORE YOU…. Moyes writes well-developed characters, and it’s impossible not to care about them. You’ll find yourself laughing, smiling, feeling angry and, yes, crying.” Associated Press

“We know from Moyes’ previous novel, the bestseller Me Before You, that this is an author worth following…THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND is, well, impossible to leave behind…In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie.”

Los Angeles Times

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