Seven Tears Into the Sea by Terri Farley

seventearsBeckon the sea,

I’ll come to thee….

Shed seven tears,

perchance seven years….

Gwen revisits her childhood home, somewhere in coastal California, to help her grandmother run her Inn for the summer. Gwen is excited by the prospect of the freedom and independence living on her own will bring her, but she is anxious about living amongst people who saw her as that strange girl who sleepwalked to the shore, almost drowned, and claimed it had been a young, naked man who had saved her and then promptly disappeared. Gwen is ready to put the past behind her and enjoy the summer–but what if the boy who had saved her wasn’t a hallucination as she had begun to believe? What if, after seven years, he could finally return to her?

Seven Tears Into the Sea was a fun, fantastic read. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Scottish/Irish folklore story of selkies (not to be confused with selfies)–men and women who are part seal or sea lion who occasionally have a human mate. Unless you hide their seal coat (which means they are not allowed to return to the sea and makes them restless and depressed), selkies can only return to land every seven years for a short period of time. Even though this was a relatively short, fast read, I thought that it tackled quite a complex issue–how do you let go of someone you love, even when it’s right?

My only complaint is that I’ve really been craving a visit to the beach, and now I want to go EVEN more….and try squeezing out seven tears so I can finally have my own selkie husband….

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