Bride Island Author:Alexandra Enders Can a mother reclaim the daughter she lost? — Six years ago, Polly Birdswelldrinking and deeply unhappymade a decision that changed her life forever. Believing she could spare her young daughter a legacy of self-destruction, she left her husband and child and moved north to a coastal town in Maine. There, close to Bride Islan... more »d, the beloved family retreat she considers her true home, she set about getting sober and remaking her life.
Now Polly desperately wants seven-year-old Monroe back and is determined to proveto herself especiallyshe's a stable and loving mother. At the same time, a sudden decision to sell Bride Island unleashes a wave of family greed that endangers the island's future. As Polly and her siblings try to claim ownership of what they love, they discover some things can never truly be owned, and Polly must again ask herself what she's willing to relinquish. Beautifully written and emotionally complex, Bride Island is a poignant debut novel about love, motherhood, and the haunting and sometimes conflicting pulls of family and the places that shape us.« less
The author did a really great job creating characters that I believed, and cared about. The story did end a bit abruptly, but it was entertaining and easy to read. The main character really struggled with alcoholism, and she taught us to take big risks to get big rewards. Things certainly did not always work out the way Polly, our narrator and main character wanted them to, and isn't that what life is like? Recommend for a nice summer read that goes quick, and revolves around islands and beaches in Maine.