Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley 5 of 5 stars.
Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee...
Shed seven tears,
Perchance seven years...
At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home. Her nana asked her to come. But Gwen knows it's time to go back for another reason: She yearns for the sea. Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her. Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met. Perhaps it's time for her to face her destiny.
I ran out of new books to read so I decided to reread an old favorite. I have read this book at least six times and it never gets old. Terri Farley's prose moves the story along with breathtaking speed and beauty. The characters are all believable and well created. The setting is spectacular. It is a truly sweet love story. I will admit the only downfall to this book--and honestly I'm not sure you would call it a downfall--is the ending has always left me feeling sort of hollow. If it doesn't make you cry it makes you stare off into space and wonder why? Why did it end the way it did. And then you sit there even longer thinking about how the story could begin again. Perhaps that is a good thing. Maybe more books should leave us thinking.