Sailing at sea with my lover
, December 12, 2012
Falling off the Wind by Richard Meibers was given to me for a free review by The Cadence Group. This is the author’s fourth novel he has written. “Falling off the wind: a sailboat falls off the wind when it points its bow further from the eye of the wind. The opposite of heading up into the wind. “
I have to admit I am not much of a sailboat fan or wanting to read much, although this novel was very educating in the ways of sailing. There were many words I would look up as to understand what the writing meant. The book talks in “Spanish” at times so if you are not aware of how to speak the language it can set you off into a different direction.
The Schooner is a sailing boat with two or more masks and 50 year old Clement Scheutz and Samantha sail the named Panacea. It is a boat which they bought and wanted to rebuild because it is a 65 foot wooden-hulled boat built in the 1920′s that was used as a British racing boat. Not married but together is Samantha and Clement. Samantha is much younger and after seven years on the Schooner at sea they begin to have doubts of each other’s lives and the lives they chose together sailing. In order to continue to sail as they both love to do, they go to the coast of Puerto Rico and try to make money to keep sailing, eat, get supplies and continue their love of sailing.
The story takes through a love story and a horrible hurricane (Hugo) which hits Culebra bringing with it destruction no one could ever imagine.
I would recommend anyone that loves sailing, water, hurricanes, and romance lovers to pick up a copy today.
© 2012 Jackie Paulson
Posted in On my bookshelves, Rebecca Brown
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Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount
Reviewed by Jackie Paulson © 2012
I was given a free copy of this emotional roller coaster young adult novel which is about the suffering, loss of a loved one, and grief. When the main character, Mae McBride decides that her best friend is not her best friend any longer, the story shows us how they reunite in such a magical way.
What causes Mae and Heidi to have a departing conflict is the fact that when the house is caught on fire, Mae’s father saves Heidi’s life and dies a hero.
First off I can relate to having a loved one die, which many can who would read this book. The book shows the stages of grief among the character that are a reality and can be something I relate to as well as you.
NOTE: (My real mother died when I was five and she was 33), so I can really relate to all of the characters emotions in the stages of grief and loss.
Secondly, the story is short and easy to read in one sitting (105 pages total).
Thirdly, I could feel the emotions and the compassion in each character as true to life as well.
Fourthly, I think it would be easy to place blame on the “dead father” for saving Heidi. It is such a reality to envision this story as real. I also can see the two best friends take the stance they did in the story and then later realize the regret and silliness to only make up and become life time friends forever, learning from the experience.
This would be a great book for any age group but it is aimed towards young adults. If you decide to read this book please comment below of what you thought of it, thank you, © 2012 Jackie Paulson
Posted in Reading, Rebecca Brown, What are you Reading
Tagged Book, Challenge, Grief, Grief Loss and Bereavement, Hating Heidi Foster, Health, Heidi, Jeffrey Blount, Kübler-Ross model, Mae, Project 365, reading, writing, Young-adult fiction