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Out of the blue, Rebecca Stafford’s Father arrives to parent her after years of absence, and then extracts her last bit of normalcy by moving them to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The shocking news plunges Rebecca into a despair that brings about an otherworldly encounter; she begins to have visions of her deceased Mom.
Uncertain whether what she sees is reality or the product of a troubled mind, Rebecca searches for an anchor to keep her from drifting in the new coastal town. She clings to Shawn, the eccentric, spritely boy-next-door promising adventures…with surprises of his own, involving an Irish legend and a hidden lighthouse. This brings on a whole new dimension to Rebecca’s visions, and sparks feverish romance between her and Shawn. A bond eventually threatened by forces beyond her control, sending her spiralling into dark, stormy places, leaving her to wonder how broken a mind can get.
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This is a story of first love, adventure, forgiveness, mental health, grief and letting go. Sixteen is hard. First loves are hard. And sometimes... just breathing is hard. The level of care Holly uses in tackling these strong issues is done intelligently and you can see traces of her poetic mind sprinkled throughout. This is not your typical YA novel and I suggest you put this on your radar.
Unless you are made of stone, this book should leave you feeling emotionally exhausted, a little heartbroken, and honoured to have been privy to the intricacies of the relationship dynamics weaved in and around this plot.
What is real and isn't real, is a subjective matter to each person, a subtly toyed with notion in this story. This is an excellent read, especially if you are interested in what makes people tick.
This was really hard to put down for me. I always looked forward to coming back to it, and Ducarte's voice is a big part of that. It's melodic and lovely, and even poetic in places.
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Holly is a creative writer and award-winning poet from Canada. She is thrilled to have you join on this adventure into her pursuit of meaningful stories, spellbinding tales, and wistful words. She published two poetry chapbooks called Hiding Skeletons and Literary Bones, which she's amalgamated into a best of edition titled Hiding Bones. Confetti Confessions is a book of her micro-poetry (short poems). Holly's first novel, The Light Over Broken Tide, was published March 2018 under Black Ladder Publishing.
Her writing has been featured in magazines, in book subscription boxes, over various social media sites, and on Wattpad's featured list. She completed a commercial novel writing course through Author Salon and is a member of the Underground Writing Cohorts.
Holly currently resides in Alberta with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
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Newspaper interview with the Bonnyville NOUVELLE: Feb 2017
Book blog review for Confetti Confessions by THE READER'S REVIEW, Lexi Gagan: May 2017
Author spotlight and Q & A for for The Light Over Broken Tide by WHERE THE READER GROWS, Chandra Claypool: Oct 2017
Book Blog Review for The Light Over Broken Tide by THE PAPERBACK PIANO: March 2018
Book blog review for The Light Over Broken Tide by THE VOICE OF LISA BRANDT: May 2018
Newspaper Interview for The Cold Lake Sun for book release of The Light Over Broken Tide: Aug 2018