There are different aspects to this book that I liked and enjoyed. Perhaps it is my affinity for Australia since I have cousins there who have regaled me with the beauty of their surroundings on the northeastern coast. I think that many Americans just look at Australia and think ‘Outback’, kangaroos, and big nasty snakes or spiders. So, having a story that showcases the oceans, coves, and beaches from an environmental perspective has my attention. Add the angst of two seemingly polar opposite women stuck with each other on a sailboat for nearly two weeks, well, bonus.
This is a variation on an enemies to friends’ story, in that, they are not truly enemies—just two women who find themselves in a situation where Stevie is at the mercy of Kaz (and BTW, I love the nickname) and tempers soar. The author takes both characters from a point of youthful exuberance to one of nurturing personal and professional needs. I love that she highlights and educates the reader about the dangers of ships dumping hazardous waste in the oceans and the protestors who risk so much to shed light on the illegal practice. So, I might be a little biased just because I find the dedication of Kaz’s character to saving the environment through protest so compelling. I don’t give spoilers about a story, so you will have to check this out if you find women saving the environment sexy as well. Just sayin’.