A baby found abandoned in a small boat and floating alone in the sea. A baby who the village fears because she likely came for the island of lepers just across the way. The local town’s introvert is the only one who takes the baby in. He names the abandoned baby, Crow. You grow up with a lifetime of questions and wonders of who you are and where you came from.  A stranger, whose path you cross accidentally, threats your life each day you get closer to your truths. So many unanswered questions.  So many beautiful pages. Beyond the Bright Sea is simply just a great book.


I loved Beyond the Bright Sea. It took me awhile to get into this story. It was a bit slow to start out, but I am so glad that I stuck it out. This story just kept building and building the questions. I often thought that I knew the answers, and yet I would mourn with Crow each time she hit another roadblock in her journey to find out who she is and where she came from. At the end of the novel, I understood why Lauren Wolk started the book off with a slow pace and picked up the plot as the story built. The pace of the plot paralleled the pace of Crow’s journey to herself, and it was beautiful!

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