Selkie Island by Jorrie Spencer
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (68 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern
Gone without a trace…now danger tracks them to their one safe harbor.
A hundred years ago, her mother’s plea gave Morag a second chance at life—but not as she knew it. Now she lives a mostly solitary life as a selkie, seal in winter, human in summer, barely aging while her family and friends pass away. As the lonely years become almost too heavy to bear, she clings to the memory of one intense summer affair with a young man who left her, as humans always do.
Nine years have passed since Clay hitchhiked to the Maritimes, where he embarked on a memorable if short-lived affair with a mysterious woman. Their enchanted time together called him back a few months later—but she had disappeared. Now, wounded and desperate, Selkie Island is the only safe harbor he can dredge from his feverish haze of pain.
When a strange boat plows onto the beach, Morag is curious—and shocked to discover her long-lost lover, unconscious and hurt. Nursing him back to health is the first thing on her mind…right after she convinces him she’s real.
As real as the danger following in his wake…
Selkie Island is an incredibly moving story that weaves its way into your heart, ensuring the box of Kleenex romantics keep handy doesn’t go to waste.
The concept of a woman who died as a child and was reborn as a selkie gave Selkie Island a contemporary fairy-tale-like feel. Morag will never grow old, and she will never die. It’s a blessing and a curse-–as the heroine states–-for she will outlive those she loves and will always be alone. There were points in the story when I ached terribly for Morag. She has the immortality most would die for, yet has lost touch with all those around her. Her family is all but dead, with the exception of her niece whose children don’t believe Morag exists. So each day is more of the same, existing but not living.
When the man she fell in love with nine years before arrives on her island, injured and inside a small boat, she immediately takes him in, desperate both for answers and his company. It is then that you learn what has happened to Clay in the time that has passed and you’ll watch in wonder as the lovers reconnect and come clean about their lives. The question remains, how will the find common ground now? And is a future together even possible?
This is the kind of novella you’ll enjoy from beginning to end. The characters are fantastic, the plot is wonderfully developed, and there is a bit of a twist at the end to keep you guessing. I wondered how it would play out as Morag is immortal and Clay is not, and felt the ending was not only fitting, but had me grinning like a sappy idiot when I learned the answer.
If you like a wonderful romance with a hint of magic, don’t miss Selkie Island.