In a stirring debut novel, the discovery of a husband's troubling secrets after his death shakes his wife's faith in their marriage and herself.
Macy Allen, an accomplished equestrienne, has relied on her horses and her husband, Nash, to pull her through. But after Nash dies in a tragic accident, Macy learns devastating secrets about his life that rock her belief in their marriage and herself. Nash's mother, Magda, blames Macy for her only son's death. When her husband, Jack, moves to Vancouver Island in a desperate attempt to feel closer to the son he's lost and never really knew, Magda's bitterness threatens to alienate the people she needs most. As this unlikely family questions how well they knew Nash and what love really means, still another surprise awaits them-an irrepressible child who will overturn all their expectations...
The inertia that initially dogs the narrative of Celello's debut makes finding the heart of this story of life after loss harder than it should be. And not helping matters is Macy Allen and her mother, Magda, two extremely difficult characters to like. Macy's life with her husband, Nash, ends abruptly when he's thrown by a spooked horse and dies. Cycling between the perspectives of Magda and Nash's father, Jack Allen, Celello mines the depths of memory in search of Nash's essence. The real point, however, is how these three people will climb out of the rabbit hole of grief and what they will find when they do: Nash, it turns out, had lived another life. Unfortunately, this fertile premise never comes to fruition, as Celello only scratches the surface of loss, missing the terrible depths. She's more confident with the competitive equestrian world to which Macy belongs, eventually revealing a good side to this character, albeit a little too late to gain the reader's sympathy. Celello brings a fine sense of place to this earthy small town in Vancouver, Canada.
Awesome! A Book Club Must Read
This is an amazing story. Not my usual genre of reading, but "Miracle Beach" caught me. I consider this one my top reads and I highly recommend. This would be a great book club pick - the story, emotion and storyline struggles reflect some real life situations that many readers will connect with, which should inspire thought and conversation by the reading group.