Jul 8, 2012

Review: CC Lindh - Oceana: A Love Story

Pub Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Age Range: Adult

"oceana: a love story" follows Oceana, a lifelong surfer and former fashion model, who finds solace for the losses in her life in the waves of the ocean. Oceana has grown to love only the ocean - surfing and teaching others how to care for the ocean. Things change for her when she meets her younger neighbor, a British professional golfer named Guy. Their meeting is accidental, but it leads to another meeting at the ocean when Oceana takes Guy surfing. Surfing lessons and golf lessons turn into dinner dates and eventually a twenty-first century love affair blossoms between the two athletes. Their worlds change when, one night, Oceana doesn't come home from surfing. "oceana: a love story" is about love, loss, and transformation. Oceana and Guy are both strong, intelligent and successful athletes and their age difference is irrelevant to them. They deeply love completely different sports and yet they come to value, respect and love each other. Like the sea and the land, Oceana and Guy come to define and transform each other. This soulful tale of enduring love is printed in blue type and immediately immerses the reader in the story and transports the reader to a world where the ocean itself is a kind of character. This strong presence of the ocean in "oceana: a love story" will remind readers to protect our valuable natural surroundings as well.

I received this book from the author. Here is my honest review:

Someone obviously knows how to write blurbs and sell a story..

This didn't really come across as a love story to me. At all. That is its tagline, and it just didn't ring true. It's a story about this weird woman who is trying to still deal with the early death of her parents due to dementia. Then a guy hits a golf ball in her surfboard wax, and they end up doing it. Nothing too explicit though. But I seriously get irritated when a book is sold completely wrong! There is no epic "twenty-first century love affair" here. It's not a "soulful tale of enduring love." It's not even about their relationship that much. It's more about Oceana's downward spiral. UGH.

The POV is all jumbled. At first it's Oceana's POV, then the rest of the book is Guy's. There are details that make no difference to the book in here. There's no real depth or rhythm or pace, either. This is a short book, a fast read, but the quality just isn't there. 

Bottom line: Not recommended.


1.5 / 5 book sharks

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