by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier
When teenager Robyn looks up from snorkeling, she thinks she can see dolphins leaping in the distance. It is a beautiful place, a little beach just off beautiful Captiva Island, Florida. There are shells and wildlife. A swim across this natural, untamed beach is her one goal, the one plan she held on to through her whole, week-long vacation. It will be a wonderful, never-to-be forgotten experience, she is sure. And, Robyn's younger sister Rue is, like always, spoiling everything.
In a perfect piece of bad timing, a motorboat chugs up the beach, with a more than averagely cute guy preparing for a swim. Will his arrival makes things better or worse? Jump right in - the water is fine!
The descriptions of the setting in this story are downright delicious. It makes you feel as if you were right there on the sugar sand feeling a faint breeze ruffling your hair, seeing the blue sky, peering into the water, watching living things dart around as they go about their daily business. The setting feels and sounds good enough to eat! And having personally been on Sanibel and Captiva Island, I can tell you they capture the exact feel of the place.
The characters are two sisters Robyn and Rue and Mike a friend that they have met. They are typical young teens, one sister reluctant to expose herself to any strangers view and the other eager to snorkel. Their conversations are real enough to make you think you were sitting right there on the beach watching and listening to two siblings. One pleading with the other to do something and one resisting. Mike appears on the scene and with his outgoing personality instantly sweeps both sisters together and sends the trio off for some action. They are able to put you in that magical place watching with them as some magic unfolds before your eyes. They swim and snorkel. In the excitement they get caught up in a current. You feel their nervousness as they are swept away.
In the adventure they are able to spot an environmental hazard taking place. They later follow through on investigating and reporting it. It sort of makes you feel like “well, these youngsters today aren’t really so bad”.
A good read and maybe one you might consider sharing with a young friend.
Review by Verbena
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