– Serena Chase, USA TodayWhen Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.
Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary,
as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But
will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her
own tragic memories?
As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.
“Has Mrs. O’Leary already gone inside?” he said.
“She had a rough day today,” he said. “She asked me to get her jacket three times.”
I nodded, debating whether it was okay to start a conversation with him given our past. I wanted to explain that embarrassing night on the pier, or as he called it, the jetty, but I couldn’t. So if he stayed away from that topic, then I could be civil.
“What’s that about?” I asked. “She does that to me a lot.”
He looked at me with squinted eyes, as if assessing whether or not I was trustworthy. But he finally looked resigned and said, “I don’t really know. She’s had a rough time since Mr. O’Leary died.”
I nodded sympathetically, as if I could possibly know how that felt.
“He did everything around the house,” Ronan went on. “And when he died, she would say she didn’t know where anything was anymore. That’s why my parents set me up to help her go through the house, clear things out. She talks about this jacket that she says her husband must have left somewhere, some days she says he hid it. But I’ve been through that house several times over, and no matter what I find, it’s never the right one.” He paused. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but she’s never completely here anymore.”
I’m the YA author of the USA Today recommended
HEARTS OUT OF WATER series and the brand new HUMMINGBIRD SAGA.
When I’m not writing, I’m usually freelance editing for awesome clients like
Anna Katmore (formerly Piper Shelly) and Month9Books/Swoon Romance!I split my days between my hometown, St. Louis, and my adopted love, Galway,