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After seven years, Gwen is finally returning to Mirage Beach, where's she's forced to reunite with people who think she's crazy. When Gwennie was ten, she was sleepwalking on the beach when a Gypsy saves her. Vicious rumors spread about what actually happened that night, and Gwen has been forced to relive the night in visits with a psychologist. Now, she must return to that world and once again be the source of gossip. She spends her summer working for her Nana as the woman recovers from an injury, and in her free time, she meets a mysterious guy named Jesse and discovers the meaning of love.
I have heard such amazing things about SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA! It's always been highly recommended to me, and people get so excited when they hear I plan to read it. That just makes me even more excited. I've had the book sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now, and decided that this for year for Splash, I'd finally treat myself. Perhaps because my expectations were so high, I didn't love SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA the way I hoped to. I think there's definitely a market for this book, and fans who will embrace all that it is, but it's not a book necessarily meant for me.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed all of the Celtic and Scottish lore. I loved the mystery of discovering whether selkies actually existed, or if they were just fantastic stories, and the way stories bled into the real world until you didn't know up versus down. The title itself, SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA, is pulled straight from selkie lore. If a woman sheds seven tears into the sea, it will bring her a selkie man to love and cherish. But, if that woman doesn't hide his pelt, he'll return to the sea and only return once every seven years. Terri Farley gives nods to the lore as she builds her own world and creates a modern-day story, and I loved seeing all of these aspects.
What I personally didn't care for was all of the drama. I'm not a person who loves drama. It's one reason I never got into watching soaps or reading most of the new adult novels that are currently so crazy popular. I'm just not a fan when the drama-llama comes to visit. There's drama with Gwen's friends from back home, drama with boys she grew up with who are Bad Boys now, drama with her past, drama with her love life. Drama, drama, drama.
So while it wasn't my favorite book featuring selkies, it was still engaging enough for me to finish as I inhaled all the moments with selkie lore and felt the way the reverberate in today's culture. I'm hoping you'll love this one more than I did, because I feel alone in my opinion after seeing that the book has garned 3.8 stars on Goodreads and 4.5 stars on both Amazon and B&N. If you're not into drama, you may not love this one, but otherwise, it may be the next book you'll fall in love with, especially if you like selkies!