Book Review: Safe from the Sea, by Peter Geye

I was between books for about 15 minutes and I was desperately searching for a book in my personal library that I had not yet read. Nothing was appealing to me so off to the local Barnes Noble bookstore, I dashed to quickly find a new author.

When I arrived, I asked the sales associate for their list of new authors. With a dazed look, he said they didn’t have one, but pointed me to a section and one new author he had recently had read exclaiming it was excellent. I quickly reviewed the back cover and put it back as quickly as I had picked it up.

I knew better.

Safe from the SeaWhipping out my trusty iPhone and Googled first time authors, and lo and behold, what popped up? Barnes and Noble’s list of new authors. A few rows over on an endcap was the book from the new author list, Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.

My attraction to the book.

Anything about the sea captivates my attention since I was a little girl and my love of the Great Lakes. I read the short paragraph about the author of the back cover and discovered a Michigan connection (Peter Geye received is PhD from Western Michigan University) and this was his first novel. I was intrigued by the brief description of the author and the story.

Perfect!  In and out of the bookstore in 15 minutes.

This cannot be a first novel!

The story of a son returning to his home in Minnesota to reconnect with this dying father after years of estrangement since marrying his wife is so beautifully written, I cannot believe this is his first novel.

The author’s ability to see his characters as people we may know in our own lives and to feel the same feelings as these characters is remarkable. If you have never literally been to Minnesota in the bitter cold, you don’t have to now because the author knows how to transport you there in his words.

“Against the dramatic Northern Minnesota lakeshore, a son and his father reconnect thirty-five years after the father has survived the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes boat.”

This story had me thinking of my own difficult family relationships from my relationship with my own father to my in-laws. In doing so, I found myself thrust into this story asking myself the same questions as Noah and his sister, Solveig. I even could relate to Noah’s annoyance with this wife, Natalie in the beginning of the story and then found myself identifying with her by the end of the story. I found myself sobbing as Noah’s father, Olaf finishes telling his story to Noah. Such excellent writing for this to be a first novel.

Five enthusiastic hoots!

I am following author, Peter Geye on Twitter as I anxiously await his second novel. I highly recommend his first novel, Safe from the Sea and The Blogging Owl enthusiastically gives it a 5-Hoot Rating.

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Amazon:  Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye

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