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Miracle Beach by Erin Celello
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Jul 27, 2011

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Read from April 30 to July 27, 2011

Erin Celello’s unabashedly honest debut about the nature of grief releases on August 2, 2011. After Nash dies in a tragic accident, his wife, Macy, faces life alone. She finds an odd comfort in the presence of Gounda, a foal who recently lost his mother. Riding and tack cleaning seem to be her only solace. Nash’s father, Jack, moves to Vancouver to be with Macy and try to sort out his relationship with his lost son. Self-centered Magda, Nash’s mother, blames Macy for her son’s death and stays behind. The appearance of an unexpected child on Macy’s doorstep changes their perspectives and lives.

The beauty of Vancouver Island is a backdrop for the ramifications of grief. Jack’s emotional journey to understand his son and come to terms with his death is especially touching. Magda is well written as a self-focused, selfish woman. The author’s expert equestrian knowledge is woven throughout the book.

Sadness and loss pervade the novel. Hats off to Erin Celello for writing from the heart about loss and the steep climb back to life.

Goodreads supplied the review copy through their First Reads Giveaway program.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont.

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