Sand and Water by Shae Conner (2011)

John woke to another morning without Liz (p 1).

sand and waterIt’s been five years since his wife died in giving birth to their daughter Beth and John is still grieving. He has retreated to Tybee Island, GA. While at the park, he meets Bryan who is watching his nephew, Jeremy. Over a series of play dates, John finds himself increasingly eager to spend time with Bryan, finally realizing he is attracted to the twenty-seven year old. But Bryan has experienced tragedy himself and a misstep by John could mean the end of a potentially amazing relationship.

This was a more character driven book than the last adult fiction I read, but what it made up for in character development it lost in mediocre writing (too much tell and too little show). The interactions with the kids helped ground me in reality but much of the relationship stuff was overanalyzed. Too many adjectives!

You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by. ~Mark Twain

NetGalley | August 2011 | Dreamspinner Press | 250 pages | ISBN 978-1-61372-090-5 | $16.99

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