Silver Bay – Jojo Moyes
Title: Silver Bay
Author: Jojo Moyes
My rating: ★★★★✫
I had planned to read this one in August, but with the birth of Marcel (and the e-books I read when I was at the hospital) that didn’t really work out. So I read it in September instead. After reading a couple of thrillers and young adult novels, it was nice to read a romantic novel again.
The reviews of this book on Goodreads really vary from one another. It seems like people who love the most famous books by Jojo Moyes are not much of a fan of Silver Bay. This is my first book written by Jojo Moyes, so I have nothing to compare it to. I liked the story a lot, so if her other books are even better, that is a good thing.
What the book is about
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.
For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn’t quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters. As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike’s and Liza’s worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes’s signature humor and generosity.
What I think about the book
At first it was all a bit confusing. I am generally not a fan of books with multiple points of view, because it takes a bit longer to get to know the main characters of the book. Once I had read a few chapters and got to know the characters I started to like it more and more.
The story itself might not be super original. Liza is a beautiful yet complicated woman with secrets to hide. I was really curious what happened in her past, but it takes a while to find that out. Mike is planning a business deal and is not completely honest with the people of Silver Bay. It’s not a surprise that the two of them fancy each other and that things get complicated. I do think that cliches exist for a reason, because it just works.
As a reader I fell in love with Silver Bay, the people and the whales & dolphins. Living a life as a ‘whalechaser’ sounds amazing to me. Being out at sea every day, living with such great people around you, who are more like a family than just workmates. I would love it. That also meant that, even though I liked Mike, I didn’t like the business plans that has company had for Silver Bay. I felt sorry for the people and the animals in the sea and I didn’t want that special place to change one bit. So I was a bit angry at him for not being honest. I also wanted Liza to speak up and tell her story… Sometimes people need a bit of drama to see what’s really important, right? This story was like that, but thankfully the characters did see reason in the end so it all worked out in the end.
Now that I’ve read Silver Bay, I will definitely put more of the stories that Jojo Moyes has written on my to read list.