This is the story about Anna and her six year old daughter, Ava. Toby Ava’s father abandons the family, this devastates Ava. She remains mute for several days and after that starts to ask for her other mother. It was intriguing at first to try and figure out the mystery of Ava telling her mother Anna that she wants to go see her other mother.
I found the pace of the book to be quite slow and as I moved along I didn’t find it as intriguing as expected. The book could have been shorter, as I felt the story dragged on which was unnecessary.
I however loved the description of the Seal Island. It was detailed and vivid. It brought a clear picture of the Island to the mind.
The characters were properly developed. I liked that I grew into them. I loved Anna’s character. Being a mother I could relate to her pain of a child asking for a mother and yet you are the real mother. This is the part of the book that kept me intrigued to the end.
I wanted to find out who this other mother was and how Ana came to ask for her. I also liked that she kept her reason for being at Seal discreet and not sharing too much information. This albeit the book being slow kept me interested.
The story is told in first person of the multiple characters narrating their side of the story. I liked this style of developing the plot and the characters as it gave you a sense of what each character was going through. It made the story authentic by reading it in first person.
Description (Good Reads)
When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered. But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all, falling silent for three days. When she does finally speak, Ava talks about a new place – a small island of beauty, salt and sea in the Western Scottish Isles. In search of a new start, Anna and Ava embark on a journey to the remote and gorgeous Island of Seal. Falling in love with the locals and the landscape, could Seal offer the second chance they both need?