Sandhill Island is a magical place. The lives of the people on the island are linked to the sea and her bounty. Meg grows a garden in a salty environment, Alex paints the ocean with Meg’s produce for medium, Paul fishes for shrimp, Sam cooks for his neighbors and tourists, and Billie sings the blues.
Having lived by the sea all their lives, these people know her moods and are affected by the environment around them. The sea sooths their souls. But like the sea in all her moods, the people are not always calm and serene. Sometimes lives are turned upside down.
In Secrets of Sandhill Island, Meg grows her garden while hiding out from the past and that of her family. The father of her son died before they could marry and start a life together leaving her to raise the boy alone with a tyrannical grandfather making their decisions for them. Now that Jon is grown and Meg lives on the island alone, her past begins to catch up with her – and it is not all good. There is a lot of money in Meg’s family and money brings out the worst in most people.
In Stones of Sandhill Island Billie sings the blues because of her love of music but also because of the loss of her family. She comes home to take care of her ailing mother and Sam hires her to sing at the restaurant on the weekends. But her past also followed her from Corpus Christi. The man who caused the accident that killed her family wants redemption and is willing to go to any length to get it.
Sandhill Island is a real island in my mind. There are lots of islands off the coast of Corpus Christi and cities dotting the Gulf of Mexico. But Sandhill Island is the most beautiful and interesting.
Pick up a copy of Secrets of Sandhill Island http://tinyurl.com/gnjp94b (coming soon to audio) or Stones of Sandhill Island https://tinyurl.com/y9qp6qzp and immerse yourself in the lives of the inhabitants. They ebb and flow like the sea and you will be caught up in their lives like a rip tide. You won’t be able to get away from Sandhill Island like the inhabitants who live there.
It’s almost time for a beach read.