A Dangerous Legacy


My last Elizabeth Camden book pulled me in thoroughly, so I was quick to get a hold of this one as well.  A Dangerous Legacy is first in a series Camden has named “Empire State.”  The characters drew me in right away.  I finished the book in two days.  I actually had even planned to spend New Year’s Eve reading it, but…. that would have been anti-social so I opted to be a decent human being instead 🙂

Like I said, I loved the characters.  Siblings Lucy and Nick Drake are endearing, hard-working, and brave.  I loved that about them!  Sir Colin Beckwith appears to be arrogant, but he’ll grow on you so quickly!  There are sinister characters at play too, though, and Lucy and Nick have to fight hard against a dangerous family fight waged before they were even born.

Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming–and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can’t deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they’ve been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

I loved seeing the inner workings of Reuters and the Associated Press agencies in their earlier years, and the part of me that always wanted to be a writer/journalist growing up wistfully imagined a life where I got to send transmissions into one of the agencies that I’d picked up from somewhere around the world.  I love the life I have, so I quickly put the thoughts to bed, however, it didn’t stop my love of this plot line in any way.  I also loved the historical details put into the early years of indoor plumbing.  I found it fascinating, especially having just finished another book set in Chicago in the 1890s (ten years prior to this one) where tenement housing was a reality for a couple of the characters.  Tenement housing (I had to look it up) was housing complexes built where multiple families shared tiny spaces, and there was no running water.  Families often had to walk good distances and up or down many flights of stairs for access to pumps to get water, and it was often unclean and the source of sickness and death.  This story involves pressurized valves that allow hot and cold water alike to flow up multiple stories in a building, and it was fascinating.

If you have a love of historical fiction as I do, please check out this book.  It’ll be a quick, short read if you give it a go.  I love love loved it!  Stay tuned in 2018 for Empire State # 2, which switches its focus to be more about Nick than Lucy.

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Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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The Domino Effect


In a world that clearly remembers recessions and housing market bubbles that we still see the effects of today, I thought that this book by Davis Bunn, The Domino Effect, would be an interesting read.  The premise sounded like a good, thrilling movie — in fact, I vaguely remember seeing a movie that the book’s description reminded me of, but… I can’t remember the name of the movie, haha.

I don’t know much about this world — the world of finances, investment banking, stock market decisions, and the like.  But I do appreciate that Davis Bunn is able to deliver a plot that isn’t hard to find through the technical jargon.  I’ve found that with some books — it’ll be on a topic I don’t really understand, and then it ruins the book, but that was not the case here.  An author who can sell me on a topic where I’m clueless is good in my books!

This is a suspenseful and intriguing book, and it keeps readers going — needing to find out what Esther’s next move will be, and how that will play out on the pages as you turn them.

I own another Davis Bunn book, it’s just been buried in my piles of books for a long time.  I think it’s about time it finds its way to the surface of the pile!

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Book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., and Baker Publishing Group.

Her One and Only


I have a friend who’s been telling me to grab hold of one of Becky Wade’s books for a long time, because she highly suspected that I’d love her work.  I haven’t had a chance until now, because I value the review program I’m part of, and until summer hits, I don’t have time to read more than what I’ve committed to.

As luck would have it, one of my books for this month happened to be a Becky Wade book, so I was fortunate to get to try this great author out!

Becky Wade is a brilliant writer.  Can I be her when I grow up?  My friend was right.  I love Becky Wade.  I have another of her books in my Kindle, waiting for the month of August when my plan is to do little else but read 🙂

Her One and Only is a bit of an unconventional, but great nonetheless, love story featuring an NFL player (Gray Fowler) and an executive protection agent, as Dru Porter would call herself.  Bodyguard – to the rest of us.  Apparently this is Porter Family Book # 4 — I can assure you that you don’t need to have read the others to understand this book, though I plan to read them at some point for sure!

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Wade writes with beautiful detail — but not overwhelming detail — about the saga that Dru and Gray go through to keep Gray safe and alive.  There are shots of humour mixed in as their personalities work together, and also good helpings of suspense as the reader wonders what will happen next!  It also really got me thinking about forgiveness, grace, and letting people past the walls we put up to stop ourselves from getting hurt.

The only arguments that I can make against this book are as follows:

  1. I didn’t understand all of the NFL jargon — I don’t understand football, and to be honest I’m not sure I’ve ever made it through an entire game.  This did not, however, interfere with my understanding of the story.
  2. I’ve read a few books lately where the female lead character is a bodyguard for a big, strapping guy who feels like he should be able to take care of himself and certainly doesn’t need a woman to do it.  I can’t say that I love the opposite end of the spectrum, where the female lead is completely helpless and dependent on the male lead for her happiness, support, etc…. but I wonder if there’s anything out there where there’s a balance.  A book with a strong female lead, who just has a strong personality, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a butt-kicking black-belt former-Marine bodyguard to do it.

Any suggestions?

All in all though, I LOVED this book, and I highly recommend both it and, if this is any indication, Becky Wade in general.

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Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Annabel Lee


Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret’s name is Annabel Lee.

She doesn’t know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He’s been trailing a man for a decade–a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill–and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery–before it’s too late.

In a suspenseful novel with an interesting plot, you’ll want to find out what happens to the characters as you read.  This will keep you reading.  It’s a quick read, but you’ll need to pay attention.  The narration flips back and forth between Annabel, Trudy, and The Mute… so make sure you’re clear on who’s narrating which chapter — it’ll be really helpful when you’re going through the book.

It wouldn’t be an honest review if I didn’t say that sometimes the swap in narrators, combined with the slip in and out of poor grammar hadn’t caused some confusion while reading this book.  There were times when it was necessary to flip back and double check to make sure everything was clear and making sense.

All in all though, even through the spots of rough grammar (which I do understand because it made sense with the plot), and the flipping of narrators, the book was well worth the follow-through to the end because the end was interesting.  I obviously won’t reveal any more than that, but make sure you follow through.  It’ll wrap up.  It’ll all make sense, and all the details will tie together — like they should in any good mystery 😉

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Interesting fun fact:  I don’t do poetry, so the name of this book didn’t stand out to me until I had to Google it at some point.  So the Edgar Allan Poe reference was lost on me initially.  But for those of you who are fans of Poe’s work, there are references throughout this book to look out for.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Cold Shot


I loved this book.  From page one to the very end, I was guessing and sharply taking in breath…. “who did it?  Will they be ok?”

If you like a book that will keep you up half the night, promising yourself “just one more chapter,” wondering if the beloved characters will make it out alive, then I promise you, you’ll like Cold Shot, the first of the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey.

There was also just enough history in the book — uncovering what they thought would be Civil War remains, until it turned out they weren’t…. to keep this history nerd happy.  What was nice though, is that the historical details didn’t overwhelm the plot of the book, which wasn’t historical.  I’ve visited that area of the States, purely for its history, so it was fun to relive it through someone else’s eyes as I read this novel.

Here’s the synopsis:

Four Best Friends.
And Then One Went Missing . . .

In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he’s living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top–and they aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

Side note:  Can I tell you how much I love the name Declan?  I always have…. and the fact that I now have a character as a namesake who’s a little tamer than an IRA sniper (The Jackal, 1997 — with Richard Gere and Bruce Willis) makes my heart happy.

I digress.  The only real fault I found with this book was that I found the female characters were constantly being protected.  To an extent, that’s nice.  It’s romantic and all, but nearing the end of the book I was feeling exasperated for them, and particularly for the main female character, Finley, because Griffin was very protective of her, as if there were no indication that a leading forensic anthropologist could take care of herself.  It reminded me a bit of the TV show Bones…. and perhaps that’s why I found the female lead a bit too helpless for my liking.  If you’ve seen the show, you’ll understand what I mean.

If you like TV shows like Bones, though, this book will be a great read for you.  And if you swoon when men are protective of the women they care about, then my mild fault finding mission won’t even matter!

Have you read it?  What did you think?

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Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

The Memory Weaver | A Book Review


Most of the time, when I read a book and there are lines in it that really hit me, I either underline them, take pictures of the page with my phone, or stick sticky notes in the book.

This book had so many deep, thought provoking lines in it about how we weave memories together, whether the memories are real or somehow got twisted in our brains as time passed, but ….. I couldn’t write any of them down or do anything about them.

This month got away from me, and in order to finish this book by the appropriate review deadline, I downloaded an audio book version of it so I could listen to it in the 11 hours I’ve spent in my car in the last 5 days.  I could not have read the book that quickly, so I am very thankful this month for a free trial of the Amazon Audible app, which gives you one free audio book and a month’s use for no charge.  If you try it out though, you’ll want to remember to cancel your Audible membership afterward if you don’t intend to keep it, otherwise it’ll be one of those things that slips onto your credit card without your remembering it happened until you get the bill.  I’m not speaking from experience on this particular experience, but it happened to me with Amazon’s PRIME free trial, so…. off I go to cancel my membership, haha.

Disappointment aside that I didn’t get to write down and share some of the stellar quotes about weaving our memories through our consciousness with you, I can tell you that I really enjoyed listening to this book.

I’m not sure that I would have enjoyed reading it, but I guess I’ll never know, now!

Here’s the excerpt:

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother of two, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her mother’s grave–and returning to the land of her captivity. Haunted by memories and hounded by struggle, Eliza longs to know how her mother dealt with the trauma of their ordeal. As she searches the pages of her mother’s diary, Eliza is stunned to find that her own recollections tell only part of the story.

I love that this was based on a true story — the story of a strong woman fighting to sort out which of her memories of a traumatic past actually happened, and which are the result of twisted details and some imagination.

It was really interesting to me how Jane Kirkpatrick literally wove the memories through the story of Eliza’s present, mixing her past in so well with the current plot timeline.  It was also interesting to me how well edited the book was — making sure that the diary entries from Eliza’s mother were included in just the right places, which gave me as the reader/listener insight into Eliza’s life that Eliza hadn’t gleaned yet.  It was like learning about Eliza as she learned about herself.

I highly recommend this book if you like interesting writing.  The details were vivid, truly painting a picture.  For me, if I’m going to visualize a book, I need those details because my brain will otherwise not bring out a picture.  This is the first book where I’ve been able to picture the setting and the characters in a long time!  I found, too, that the details helped me bond with the characters.

I’m sure that so much thought, research, and time went into the writing of this book, and I have a huge respect for that.

If you’re looking a deep, thought-provoking read, head on over to amazon or your nearest Christian book store and pick this up.  I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Also — can I have the dress that Eliza’s wearing on the front cover of the book?  I know it’s not a real thing…. and I know it’s not in fashion right now, but I’d wear that everywhere…. except when I missed my sweat pants or my flared, intentionally tattered and ripped jeans.  I love 2015 🙂

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I received this book as part of the Nuts About Books program with Graf Martin Communications, Inc. in conjunction with Baker Publishing Group, and was not required to give a positive review.

Through Waters Deep


Through Waters Deep met all of my requirements for a perfect read.

Combine history (well-researched, and really well-detailed), suspense, intrigue, and romance, and I’m a happy reader.  This book had all of it.

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

Unfortunately, this book also had some awkward relationship struggles in the middle, which I found I grew tired of by the end, but they resolved well and I was really pleased with how the book ended (which, don’t worry, I won’t spoil!).

The character development, which for me is always something I’m very picky about, was excellent!  The historical details were well-explained, and lent really well to a strong military plot line.  I’m fascinated by war history, especially naval history, and this book hit it right on the head.

Jim and Mary found their way into my heart quite quickly, and by the end I could not put the book down.  What a great read!  There were many times that I was just right at the edge of my seat, not able to stop, because if I stopped it would be hours before I knew how a conflict would resolve!  And we can’t have that!

Sarah Sundin is an excellent writer, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for other books of hers as well.  If this one is any indication, I’d love to read them all.  The end of the book had some advertising pictures for other series she’s written.

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I received this book free from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review, in association with Graf-Martin Communications.

2 for 1 Book Reviews!


June is always a psycho crazy busy month for me.  I’ve (mostly) read two books this month, and should have posted the first review three weeks ago when I finished the first book, but… it’s June.

Bear with me, dear book enthusiasts.

I have good news and bad news.

A good review and a not so awesome review.

I’ll try to be succinct.

 

The first book I read this month was called “Together with You” by Victoria Bylin.  It was a great read.  The plot twists were good, and I found this book was not as predictable as romance novels usually are.  I wasn’t totally sure what would end up coming next, and I was glad to find that I didn’t have the ending pegged by half-way through the book.  I became quite invested in the characters — especially Penny, the little girl dealing with Fetal Alcohol Effects who Carly becomes a nanny to take care of.

I think what drew me in was my personal experience working with children with FASD, and so I found the plot-line to be a well-researched look into what life for a 5-year old must battle.  You can’t help but love Penny.  The book wasn’t really about her, and yet it was…. and I get it if that doesn’t make sense, but you’ll just have to read the book 🙂

All this said, this book has convinced me to take a hiatus from romance novels for a little while.  At least specifically — romance novels without at least some element of mystery or other plot to work through need to be something I quit for the time being.  I found that reading a book where two people can fall in love nearly effortlessly left me annoyed that I can’t find that… even though intrinsically I know that life so rarely unfolds like it does in romance novels or chick flicks.

I suppose what I’m saying is — I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  If you like romance novels, I think you’ll enjoy this book.  If you’re struggling with being single and would like the man of your dreams to land in your lap but that just isn’t happening for you, haha, this may not be the right choice 🙂

 

 

The next book I read…. well… confession time… I couldn’t finish it.  The next book I tried to read was called Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson.  I feel badly that I couldn’t finish it, and I think there were a few reasons why — not all of them having much to do with the book itself.

I think it’s a book that I need to come back to later.  I was reflecting on that fact earlier this afternoon as I was struggling to try to finish it so I could write this review (which is due in less than 24 hours).  I’m just not into it.  Here are a few reasons — and please take my reasons with a grain of salt, because like I said, I’m pretty sure this book has potential, and I’m not shelving it forever.  I will go back to it.

Reasons I can’t finish this book:

1.  I’m going through a time in my life right now where I’m finding it difficult to dish out grace, and this book is all about seasoning all of our relationships with grace, leaning on the love of Jesus so that we’re relying on God to be fulfilled in every area of our lives and not those we’re in relationship with.  I know that relying on others for what only God can give only sets expectations too high and sets everyone involved up for failure.  That said, I’ve been searching for a new job for the past few weeks, and I haven’t been succeeding, and I am feeling frustrated beyond what I feel I can bear at my current job as a result.  I’m not leaning on God like I should be, and that fact alone has made this a challenging read.  I clearly need to push through this book, because the principles tucked inside could make me less of a word vampire (someone who dominates a conversation, thinking only about themselves) whenever someone brings work up.

2.  The author herself admitted that there are thousands of books on relationships that turn up in an Amazon search.  I found at the beginning, the information wasn’t new.  I wasn’t learning.  Now again, I suspect that’s tied closely to point number 1 — my heart doesn’t want to learn right now.  I need to let go, but I don’t have time to do that and finish the book tonight, so I have to be open with you, my readers, right now.

3.  There are chapters in the book on relationships with our children, and on our marriages — I tend to gloss right through sermons, books, blog posts… whatever… on that topic right now because I feel like they don’t apply.  That said, I have found in the past that reading those articles, posts, chapters, etc…. and listening intently to those sermons… has given me information that has helped in dating relationships.  And why not learn before we’re thrown into the middle of a challenging situation??  Wouldn’t it be better to be prepared?  I recommend that anyone who picks this book up give it more of a fair shot than I have.

So those are the reasons I haven’t finished the book yet.  Here are a couple things I found encouraging as I desperately tried to finish it this afternoon so I could write this.  These were the points I found after finding that I just couldn’t finish the book on time no matter how hard I try, and I feel strongly that they are points God will use to nudge me to finish the book.

  • I’ve been reminded just in what I was able to finish that loving others starts with the understanding that God loved us first, before we did anything.  I don’t have to go out and face the daunting challenge of “love your neighbour” without the understanding that I have a deep, unconditional love aimed at me ALL. THE. TIME.  God is great like that.  He doesn’t walk away from us when we don’t live up to His expectations.  That alone is enough to get me to finish the book after this review has been due.
  • God initiates friendships.  We don’t have to see the God of the Universe, decide that we hope He’ll like us, and then strive for His acceptance — He’s been coming for us all along, and He loves us no matter what we do.  Leaning on that CAN give us stronger relationships here on Earth with the people God has put into our lives — whether they’re people we feel like we want to love or not.  I’m excited to see what Jessica Thompson has to say when I can give this book a fair shot.
  • God’s mission is heavily wrapped into our relationships with our communities.  This chapter was what made me decide to read the book despite not having been able to finish it in time for the review.  It caught my eye briefly as I flipped through the book, having decided not to finish it and write the review anyway.  My church is heavily focused on loving our communities and showing the love of Jesus through that.  I feel often like I’m bad at that.  Like I’m guilty of doing things so others will see me doing them and feel guilty about the kind of friend or person they aren’t being — Jessica Thompson gave some concrete examples from her own life, which were encouraging for me, to know that I am not alone in that unfortunate habit.

 

All this to say — I can’t honestly recommend or dissuade anyone to or away from this book at this point.  I haven’t finished it, though I think that I’d like to.  I don’t think I’ve given it a fair shot and I think my own heart is getting in the way of that.  Has that ever happened to you?  Has anyone read this book?  What did you think?

 

 

 

I received both of these books as part of a review program with Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Contemplating Mavericks ~ 1000 Words


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Sometimes I like to contemplate.  I like to just think.  WordPress’s Weekly Writing Challenge this week was to take one of the four pictures supplied, and write whatever we wanted.

So here it goes!  Yet another work of pure fiction.  These are starting to grow on me, actually…

Jack sat in a deep squat looking over the water.  He thought about how lucky he was to be alive, how lucky he was to even be able to sit the way he was sitting.  27 months ago, doctors told him he’d likely never walk again, never mind surf.  He’d been an avid surfer.  He’d enjoyed hitting the water hours before work, and had always felt that an intense evening surf in the day’s biggest swells was the best way to clear his head after too many house showings, client meetings, conference calls, and bottom line negotiations.  He loved working in real estate, but it couldn’t hold a candle to what he felt like the second he pulled the zipper on his wetsuit all the way up to the back of his neck.

He knew winter time in the Pacific was a dangerous time to surf, but he seemed to be drawn to the danger.  The swells were huge from the winter storms out at sea, and everyone who cared about him warned him against it.  Suicide, they called it.  He’d been surfing for fifteen years, and even though no one understood it, he was training for Mavericks and to get an invitation for that, he had to make sure he could handle the Pacific’s winter waves.

When he’d put his board in the water on December 24th, 2011, he felt exhilarated and nervous at the same time.  Surf conditions were warned to be fairly dangerous that evening, but Jack wanted to try it.  He zipped up his wetsuit, put his board in the water, and paddled out.  The sun was beginning to set in the late December mid-afternoon.  The cold water of the Pacific rushed over his wetsuit as he paddled against the current.

He rode a few fairly substantial waves, the whole time thinking about how angry his family would be that he’d bailed on Christmas once again.  They didn’t understand his obsession with surfing.  They didn’t understand how cathartic it was to ride a wave until it crested, then coast in toward the shore.

Christmas Eve 2011 had been different, though.  He’d been out four times and was headed for a fifth.  When he found the right spot in the wave and got in position to stand up, something didn’t feel quite right.  It was too late, though.  As he stood up, he wobbled.  He lost his balance and he wiped out.  He plunged into the chilly water, scrambling for the tether to his board to try to find the surface.  With the sun setting, it became very difficult to figure out which direction the surface was, and the waves just kept pounding.  He hit the sea bed with all the force of the swells above him, and felt a sharp, pointed rock pound into his lower back.  The pain was blinding.

He must have lost consciousness because when he woke up next, he was lying in a hospital room with doctors surrounding him.  There was talk of surgery, mention of paralysis, and a sober-faced doctor who looked him right in the eye and told him he might walk again, but he’d likely never surf another wave as long as he lived…. though living was something he was lucky he was still doing.

It had been a long, grueling 27 months of Physiotherapy and pushing through pain limits he never knew he could push through…. but Jack had done it.  He was given a clean bill of health by his physiotherapist and his doctor.  They both agreed that given the physical fitness he had managed to get himself back into, they saw no reason that he couldn’t try surfing again, though they recommended much tamer waves, and strongly cautioned that Mavericks should be taken off of Jack’s table indefinitely.

So there he sat, contemplating.  He thought about the risks.  He thought about the rewards.  He’d taken up running, but it didn’t offer the same release that surfing did.  He pondered — could he find something as therapeutic as cresting a wave with nothing between his feet and the ocean but a perfectly sculpted piece of fiberglass?  He looked out over the ocean and contemplated.  Was it worth it?  He was scared, and his fear could mean his death.  He remembered the pain of a rock in his tailbone.  He remembered the panic that came from not being able to find the surface of the water.  He remembered the feeling that his lungs might explode because they couldn’t get oxygen.

He stretched out on the rock’s surface and let the sun warm his chest and face.  It was February, after all, so while it wasn’t cold by any means on the California coast, it certainly wasn’t hot.  The hoodie he’d chosen that morning wasn’t quite enough to brace the wind until he got right down flat on the rock.

He stared into the clouds.  Maybe he’d take up hang gliding……

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that I know little to absolutely nothing about surfing.  I’ve been thinking about it a little bit the last few days, because I just updated my Mac OSX to Mavericks, and it reminded me of the Gerard Butler surfing movie, Chasing Mavericks… (which was fantastic, by the way).  This picture reminded me of that.  Any information I didn’t know (pretty much all of it) I got from Wikipedia’s pages on surfing and Mavericks… haha so if I’m wrong on the details, please don’t pick it apart.  This is what came to mind when I saw the picture.

 

The End.