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You Me And The Sea by Elizabeth Haynes Myriad February 11th 2021

The Blurb

Compelling, moving and teeming with feral desire: contemporary story of love and redemption set on a remote, windswept Scottish island from the bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner and The Murder of Harriet Monckton.

Rachel is at crisis point. A series of disastrous decisions has left her with no job, no home, and no faith in herself. But an unexpected job offer takes her to a remote Scottish island, and it feels like a chance to recover and mend her battered self-esteem.

The island’s other inhabitants are less than welcoming. Fraser Sutherland is a taciturn loner who is not happy about sharing his lighthouse – or his precious coffee beans – and Lefty, his unofficial assistant, is a scrawny, scared lad who isn’t supposed to be there at all.

Homesick and out of her depth, Rachel wonders whether she’s made another mistake. But, as spring turns to summer, the wild beauty of the island captivates her soul. For the first time in years she sees the hope of a better life – if only she can break the deadlock between two men who are at war with one another, and with themselves.

My Review

I want to go to the Isle of May, to experience its isolation, its wild ruggedness and the litany of birds that visit and nest on the island. I want to see the lighthouse, the bird observatory and the tumble down cottages, to watch the sea crash against the shoreline. Why? It had to be because of the vividness of Haynes narrative, her ability to translate her words into my imagination, to trigger the sights and the sounds, to feel a sense of freedom and escape from the rest of the world.

Haynes made us live this experience with her characters and in particular Rachel. Rachel a young woman that arrived on May with a back story that left her wounded, lacking in self esteem and confidence, in a vicious circle of self recrimination and regret. We wanted to know why she had come to May, what it offered and if at the end she found what she was looking for.

Then there was Fraser, already well established on the island, again a back story that hinted of turmoil, of a man lost, sullen, devoid of any feeling and emotion.

So what did Haynes do? She did what any good novelist would do and threw them together, co inhabitants of Frasers lighthouse, neither happy at the prospect of having to share space. You expected fireworks, door slamming, and yes we did get some of that but Haynes was clever as she slowly opened up cracks in their facades as they began to share thoughts and personal information as feelings entered the arena and we were not sure which way Haynes would take them.

The fly in the ointment wasn’t just themselves but also Fraser’s side kick Lefty, he was the key that would give the answers to so much that Fraser held inside and hidden. Their relationship clearly one sided as Lefty cringed at Frasers, constant nonchalance and shouting, Rachel the eventual go between who finally started to ease the tension and strain.

Whilst Rachel set out to ‘fix’ the two men, you did wonder if she would fix herself, if she would reconcile the feelings and hurt of the past and be able to move forward. One last major incidence acted as the catalyst for actions on all sides that would have you wishing matters would be resolved that Haynes would give that happy conclusion that you wanted.

I am obviously not going to spoil the ending, instead I am going to urge you to borrow of buy You, Me and The Sea and enjoy it just as much as i did.

I would like to thank Myriad Editions for a copy of Me You and The Sea to read and review and to Emma Dowson for inviting My Bookish Blogpsot to take part in the blogtour.

About the author

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst who lives in Norfolk with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

She has written a further three psychological thrillers—Revenge of the TideHuman Remains and Never Alone—and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors.

Next came her highly praised historical novel The Murder of Harriet Monckton (a Sunday Times Summer Read) whichis based on the 1843 unsolved murder of a young school teacher in Bromley, Kent.

Elizabeth’s latest novel, You, Me and the Sea is a contemporary story of love and redemption set on a remote, windswept Scottish island.

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