In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe sets out on a hazardous voyage to cross an entire ocean in only a sailboat. She is haunted by the loss of the love of her life, and is driven by a singular and all-consuming mission to make it back to him.
In 2041, David flees with his young daughter, Lou, from a war-torn Southern Europe plagued by drought. They have been separated from their rest of their family and are on a desperate search to reunite with them once again, when they find Signe’s abandoned sailboat in a parched French garden, miles away from the nearest shore.
As David and Lou discover personal effects from Signe’s travels, their journey of survival and hope weaves together with Signe’s, forming a heartbreaking, inspiring story about the power of nature and the human spirit in this second novel from the author of the “spectacular and deeply moving” ( New York Times bestselling author Lisa See) The History of Bees.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank a Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC.
The plot is a second part in what is planned to be a quartet of books relating to the human condition and climate change. We first meet Signe in 2019, and then David and his daughter Lou in 2041, and what may seem unlikely is that these two stories will eventually come together as the story progresses. Signe is on a journey to find the love of her life, David and Lou are trying to find the rest of their family who have been separated by war. What they find along their journey are Signe’s things from her journey.
Evocative prose and a heartwarming story, the reader will experience the emotions of all of the protagonists; hope, despair, longing and heartbreak.
As with The History of Bees, this is a climate story but it is also a human story.
I highly recommend.