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The Cove

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Ethereal love story

There is an ethereal feel to this story, as if the Cove was part of another world. I found myself drawn in by Laurel, a sad and lonely young woman lost to the Cove. Laurel is rather a mix of simple and complex. She speaks simply, she lives simply, she loves simply. Howe...
There is an ethereal feel to this story, as if the Cove was part of another world. I found myself drawn in by Laurel, a sad and lonely young woman lost to the Cove. Laurel is rather a mix of simple and complex. She speaks simply, she lives simply, she loves simply. However she is not simple-minded. Intelligent and strong, life in the Cove has not broken her. Devoted to a brother that is her world and ostracized by her community, she clings every day to every minute glimpse of beauty that she can find, few as they are in such a desolate landscape.

Her brother Hank is an honorable man who was horribly wounded in the war against the Germans. He and his sister are both viewed as outsiders, living in a Cove that most feel is cursed. However while Hank returns from the war a hero and sees a better life in his future, his sister Laurel will never be anything but cursed, marked at birth as a witch.

The Cove is viewed by the town as cursed, but in seeing the Cove through Laurel’s eyes I came to love it. Quiet and peaceful, it is free of people, since everyone fears it. There are some areas completely in shadow where light never falls, but there are also pockets of beauty where butterflies flit and colorful parakeets skirt across the sky as sunlight glistens in a hidden copse. There is always beauty in life. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder for it.

This is a story of judgement-- people passing judgement that they have no right to pass-- and the story slowly reveals itself, like the peeling of an onion, layer by layer.

I would consider this story to have a didactic theme, with a moral lesson hiding in the story. However there is also something cautionary about it. This story left me feeling melancholic yet hopeful.

My final word: As the title would indicate, the setting in this story is everything. The ethereal feel of the Cove, the darkness, dankness, with pockets of beauty, is haunting. Laurel is one of these hidden beautiful bits. Unfortunately few could see the beauty of the Cove, nor that of Laurel. But I definitely felt the beautiful spirit of this story. I loved it!

posted by nfmgirl on April 18, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Had a lot of potential but ultimately couldn't deliver. It fel

Had a lot of potential but ultimately couldn't deliver. It felt slow and laborious with characters who were written as stereotypes. Some of the writing showed beauty, but there wasn't enough of it to make this a compelling read.

posted by nyc123 on May 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    I felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie or reading some roma

    I felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie or reading some romantic novel, both of which I am not into. I was disappointed as I have heard he is such a great writer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    I hated this book

    I hated this book. It was well edited and had a conclusion, although a terrible one. It was strange and violent. It had undetailed sex. It was disturbing and sad. I can nit recimmend it. I am glad others liked it, for the author's sake. Not chick lit. For adults.

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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