You, Me, and the Sea
From the USA Today bestselling author of All the Summer Girls and Dog Crazy comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope--and even magic--can blossom in the darkest of places.
To find her way, she must abandon everything she loves...
As a child, Merrow Shawe believes she is born of the sea: strong, joyous, and wild. Her beloved home is Horseshoe Cliff, a small farm on the coast of Northern California where she spends her days exploring fog-cloaked bluffs, swimming in the cove, and basking in the light of golden sunsets as her father entertains her with fantastical stories. It is an enchanting childhood, but it is not without hardship--the mystery of Merrow's mother's death haunts her, as does the increasingly senseless cruelty of her older brother, Bear.
Then, like sea glass carried from a distant land, Amir arrives in Merrow's life. He's been tossed about from India to New York City and now to Horseshoe Cliff, to stay with her family. Merrow is immediately drawn to his spirit, his passion, and his resilience in the face of Bear's viciousness. Together they embrace their love of the sea, and their growing love for each other.
But the ocean holds secrets in its darkest depths. When tragedy strikes, Merrow is forced to question whether Amir is really the person she believed him to be. In order to escape the danger she finds herself in and find her own path forward, she must let go of the only home she's ever known, and the only boy she's ever loved....--Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow, on How to Eat a Cupcake
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About the Author
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.
"Nail-biting secrets, heart-pounding passion, and lush prose hurl this novel to its sweeping conclusion. For readers, like me, who wondered what if for Heathcliff and Catherine, this is a genuine treat."--Sarah McCoy, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables
"A heartfelt, funny, poignant and suspenseful story of a good woman trying her best, making mistakes, picking up the pieces and moving on -- a celebration of what it means to be a working mother."--Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Family Tree, on Every Wild Heart
"An honest and engaging look at the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship. Donohue takes us on a weekend reunion full of secrets, resentment, and regret-in other words, once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down!"--Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses on Every Wild Heart
"Every Wild Heart is Meg Donohue's finest novel to date -- emotionally resonant, absorbing and funny in all the right places, it's a portrait of mothers and daughters, missteps and triumphs, and love in all of its bewildering and delightful disguises."--Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Admissions, on Every Wild Heart
"Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?"--Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters, on How To Eat A Cupcake
"A fast-paced novel about the enduring friendship of three young women who spent their summers in Avalon on the Jersey shore before dispersing across the country....A good beach read."--Kirkus Reviews on All the Summer Girls
"Beach Book Extraordinaire! Donohue's three protagonists are irresistibly sympathetic as they try to unbury their true selves from the ruinous secrets of their shared past."--Elin Hilderbrand on All the Summer Girls
"Beautifully written and quietly wise, Meg Donohue's How to Eat a Cupcake is an achingly honest portrayal of the many layers of friendship--a story so vividly told, you can (almost) taste the buttercream."--Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow, on How to Eat a Cupcake
"Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends--they know you so well, and they don't know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama of Elin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs."--Booklist on All the Summer Girls
"Donohue gives the chick-lit buddy trope an appealing twist and a lot of depth, turning a familiar yarn of regret, trust, and loyalty into an elegant ode to late bloomers."--Publishers Weekly on All the Summer Girls
"Donohue has written a sharp little novel featuring the subtle characterizations of two appealingly flawed young women."--Kirkus Reviews on How to Eat a Cupcake
"Donohue's latest is women's fiction at its finest, a masterfully unfeigned story about unconditional love and its healing power mixed with a thrilling mystery. Her animated dialogue sets the tone, and the human and equine costars add genuineness... [A] fast-paced, bestseller-bound page-turner."--RT Book Reviews (top pick) on Every Wild Heart
"Wonderful! Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog will find wisdom and comfort in this sweet, smart story."--Allie Larkin, author of Stay, on Dog Crazy
"Donohue has written a delightful tale with heart-wrenching emotions (both high and low), entertaining high jinks and a well-deserved happy ending for the many vivid characters you'll grow to love.... an entertaining, can't-put-down page-turner you'll want to share."--RT Book Reviews (top pick) on Dog Crazy
"The power of the sea roars in the intimate prose of You, Me, and the Sea.. An enchanting story of passionate love, devastating secrets, and the sea's mysteries unfolds... an awe-inspiring love story for the ages." --Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
"Engaging."--Entertainment Weekly, "The Best Summer Reads 2014", on All the Summer Girls
"You, Me, and the Sea is a modern nod to Wuthering Heights that is gripping, romantic, intense, and utterly satisfying. It's just my kind of book--intelligent and emotional, gracefully written, confident, and fully imagined. Read it even if you're not Bronte-obsessed like me!"--Amy Mason Doan, author of Summer Hours