FICTION

Silver Bay

Penguin. 2014. 338p. ISBN 9780143126485. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698156357. F
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Silver Bay is a tiny Australian coastal town, where the main industry is whale watching. Liza McCullen has moved home to her Aunt Kathleen's Silver Bay Hotel, bringing her ten-year-old daughter with her. Despite the close-knit community, Liza remains intensely private. It all stems from a mysterious trauma she suffered in England years before. Into their circumscribed world comes Mike Dormer, hotshot London developer. His intent is to set up a luxury resort complete with water sports, but as he explores the site without telling anyone who he is, he comes to realize that he's falling in love with Liza. When the locals get wind of a development, Mike also learns of the negative effect it would have on the whales and dolphins in the bay.
VERDICT This 2007 novel, now available in the United States, is more traditionally romantic than Moyes's newer work. Fans of her recent blockbuster Me Before You may find this book less powerfully engaging. Its strengths lie in the author's apt characterizations and evocation of place. It will likely be of interest to Moyes fans and those who enjoy a solid romance.

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