Judith Miller is an excellent writer. This is my first of her books, but I’ll be glad to read another in the future if this was any indication.
Set in 1905 Florida, Zanna Krykos works as a lawyer — almost unheard of for a woman at such a time, but even more so for a woman in a traditional Greek family (who naturally pressures her to find a husband). A friend of hers inherits a sponging business, and Zanna agrees to run it for her, despite not feeling entirely qualified to do so.
In doing so, she meets Nico Kalos, a Greek Diver given the opportunity to lead a sponging crew in the US. Imagine his surprise when he arrives in Florida only to find a woman running the business — at a time when men still believed a woman’s mere presence on a ship would doom them and would likely get them killed.
This book showcases a strong female personality, which I love (especially in historical fiction when it wouldn’t have been popular), and a playful, charming male character who you can’t help but love.
Filled with not only witty banter between the two main characters, but also some suspense and fear for the lives on the crew at a couple points, this story weaves together to keep you coming back for more.
The research that must have gone into this book blew my mind a little bit. I knew very little about sea sponges. In fact, I only really knew that they existed. I had no idea what it takes to harvest them, nor how much more intense that process would have been a century ago. So not only was I entertained by a great story, but I also learned a lot and it prompted me to hit up Google and learn some more. What a crazy experience it would have been to work on a sponging boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.