BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2017 continues on with Ann Kidd Taylor’s, THE SHARK CLUB. If you had the opportunity last week to check out Discovery’s, SHARK WEEK, you’ll find THE SHARK CLUB the anti-JAWS book. It’s about love, loss and sharks, but not the kind that’ll keep you out of the water!
On a hot summer day in 1988 on the Gulf of Mexico, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by the boy of her dreams. Then, she’s attacked by a blacktip shark.
Maeve grows up to be a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened her life. Known among her peers as the “shark whisperer,” Maeve is fearless in the water. On land, it’s a different story. Maeve is obsessed by unresolved wounds and indecisive about the path her life will take. After a particularly successful assignment abroad, Maeve returns to her childhood home, on a the small island off Florida’s coast – the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses, where she was raised by her grandmother.
She’s greeted with disturbing news. An illegal shark-finning plant has moved into town, and hundreds of sharks are dying. But that’s only the tip of her issues! As Maeve fights to protect the fate of the animals so dear to her heart, she learns that her twin brother has betrayed her, turning her dysfunctional childhood relationship with former sweetheart, Daniel into what’s expected to become a bestselling novel. Will she confront her brother and makeup with Daniel? Or will she dive headlong back into her work and open her heart to her colleague, Nicholas who is equally passionate for the ocean?
I just fell in love with the cover of THE SHARK CLUB. The color is identical to so many different beaches you find in Florida. You’ll find yourself longing for a vacation to the Sunshine State or some other sun-kissed Caribbean island, while reading THE SHARK CLUB. Between the descriptions of the beautiful blue waters, swaying palm trees, delightful purple and pink sunsets, and the delish key lime pie, while reading THE SHARK CLUB you’ll find yourself yearning for some cold fruity drink. I suggest a frothy chilled pina colada.
Ann Kidd Taylor is the coauthor of Traveling with Pomegranates, a memoir written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd. Published by Viking in 2009, it appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times list, and has been published in several languages. Sue Monk Kidd, is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and The Invention of Wings.
The Shark Club is Ann’s first novel. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs.
For more information about Ann’s relationship with sharks and south Florida, check out the following article by Nancy Stetson in FLORIDA WEEKLY.
Thanks to BookSparks and Viking, we have one copy of THE SHARK CLUB to giveaway. Just tell us what comes to your mind, when you think of the word shark! I immediately think of staying out of the water, which is a shame, since the likely hood of getting bit by a shark is miniscule. We’ll announce a winner next week!
Have a great week!
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