I often post book recommendations on here but they are always books that I’ve found, brought and read by myself. I don’t like the idea of reviewing books and being negative about a book, probably because I hope to be an author myself and I don’t want karma to get me back one day. However, I was emailed the other day about a new book, offering me a review copy. Despite my reservations, I went for it and something very different landed in my lap.
Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley
Here’s the story from Nicole’s website:
When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush,
a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.
This book was unexpected for me. It’s a YA coming-of-age story in essence, dealing with a girl who was bullied but has now blossomed and is desperate to fit in with the “cool” crowd and be accepted. It’s about a girl from a broken family trying to forget her problems with her long-term crush but who has to deal with a shocking suicide and face them all head on. It’s about love, friendship and grief. But it’s also about faith. Missy’s next-door-neighbour is someone who believes in God and finds peace in His love and forgiveness. Missy doesn’t believe but she’s searching for peace. And she finds it in unexpected places.
This is the first book I’ve read with Christian undertones but I was pleased that it didn’t detract from the story – religion is there but woven in to inspire and not preach. It’s as much about loving yourself as it is about loving God. If you have faith or struggle with it, I think the story will speak to you and move you. If you are unsure then it may not do the same. But I found a lot to enjoy in the characters, the setting of a Florida island, and a flawed girl who learns to accept who she is. The writing has a lovely smoothness to it and sweeps you along like the tide. The title I have to say is pretty perfect for this book.
I’m not sure I’d rush out and read more in this genre but I enjoyed reading something different to my usual books. This is YA but not as I’ve known it. And the book has lingered with me since I closed it. With something you might call peace.
Have you ever read a Christian book? How do you feel about messages mixed in with stories?