On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love—for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love.
Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.
My thoughts …
The evocative title immediately drew me to this book and the story did turn out to be a thought-provoking one. I very much enjoyed the journey, although not a fast paced one, and in particular I loved learning about the nesting of turtles. This thread is beautifully told, along with the authors obvious love of the myriad bird and marine life, which the main character, Anna, encounters while on the island (which is in the amazing Great Barrie Reef).
While the author ties all the threads together well, I’m not sure how I feel about the decision made by the characters, but to go into detail here would spoil the ending for others.
The plot is skillfully woven and introduces a number of diverse characters that each play an integral part in Anna Fergusson’s life. A story that allows me to become a part of the birth of new relationships is always enjoyable and I certainly envied the time Anna spent on Turtle Island.
A Drop in the Ocean is a story about love, life and the pain of letting go.