Stuck in sleepy New Smyrna Beach one last summer, Raine socks away her camp pay checks, worries about her druggy brother, and ignores trouble: Cal Koomer. She’s a plane ticket away from teaching orphans in Africa, and not even Cal’s surfer six-pack and the chinks she spies in his rebel armor will derail her.
The artist in Cal begs to paint Raine’s ivory skin, high cheek bones, and internal sparklers behind her eyes, but falling for her would caterwaul him into his parents’ life. No thanks. The girl was self-righteous waiting to happen. Mom served sanctimony like vegetables, three servings a day, and he had a gut full.
Rec Director Drew taunts her with “Rainey” and calls her an enabler. He is so infernally there like a horsefly—till he buzzes back to his ex.
Raine’s brother tweaks. Her dream of Africa dies small deaths. Will she figure out what to fight for and what to free before it’s too late?
For anyone who’s ever wrestled with her dreams.
Firstly thanks Ann for my review copy.
This is an interesting book. I would class it as YA but in saying this I did enjoy it. Raine is out of college and wanting to work in Africa with children. She is at a summer camp working as a councillor. Here she encounters Cal the directors brother who has her pegged as being home schooled and sheltered Drew another councillor annoys her as he insists on calling her Rainey which she hates and the more she objects the more he does it like that annoying friend of her brothers. She also has a brother who has issues that she is dealing with. There are others in the book also who play important parts. We learn why Raine wants to go to African and what drives her. The book deals with making choices, discovering how these choices then affect different relationships and situations. Ann had shown the issues young people face these days and how hard it can be to know what is right. She also allows her characters to experience these situations to help them grow. This is a book that is well suited for the YA audience and I believe others will gain insight from this book.