Point Clear: A Novelby Jennifer Paddock
Caroline Berry is lost at twenty-seven, living in New York -- not as the writer she once hoped to be but as an assistant at two part-time jobs. In an attempt to figure out a next step, she heads for Point Clear, Alabama, to spend several weeks relaxing at an old southern hotel on Mobile Bay -- unaware that it will soon lie in the direct path of Hurricane Ivan.
Ignoring evacuation orders, Caroline hides out in the hotel and braves the storm alone. The next morning, she meets a mysterious man on the beach as he enters the churning water for a swim. He is Walker Galloway, a champion swimmer, which she discovers after learning of his disappearance in the newspaper. Realizing she is the last to have seen him, Caroline becomes entangled with his family and friends, and as she is gradually drawn in to Walker's world, she finds, at last, the story she was meant to tell.
Point Clear is a compelling tale of one woman's quest for self -- who finds it only when searching for another.
"In remarkably elegant and evocative prose, Jennifer Paddock reveals that it's not only the big moments that can change a life, but the deceptively quiet ones, like the eye of the hurricane her heroine passes through." -- Leah Stewart, author of The Myth of You and Me
"A luminous celebration . . . filled with mystery, suspense, and beauty." -- Michelle Richmond, author of Dream of the Blue Room
"Bold in its simplicity, honesty, and precision. You may be picked up off your feet and spun around, but Paddock's skill and heart will set you down just right." -- Lisa Glatt, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That
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Jennifer Paddock is the author of A Secret Word. She lives in Point Clear, Alabama.
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I really enjoyed reading this one. I stayed up late and read it in one night. I found it to be very well written with a plot that progressed nicely.
I grew up near Point Clear and know the hotel like the back of my hand. The storyline did not meet my expectations for a good read. I did not recommend it to any of my friends, especially those who grew up there with me.
Great book - loved it. Engrossing story - easily piques and sustains the reader¿s interest. VERY clever ending. I'm glad I found this author - looking forward to reading more from her.
Twenty-seven years old Caroline Berry left Oklahoma to attend the renowned NYU writing program. However, she drops out of the program as she struggles to earn a living. On top of her financial woes, Caroline finds she suffers from writer¿s block unable to put together two coherent sentences.---------------- She needs a change, but the opportunity finally occurs when she inherits some money from her late grandfather. Caroline leaves the Big Apple for three weeks at the Grand Hotel, a family favorite in Point Clear, Alabama where she plans to write the great American novel. She soon meets a young man Walker on the beach. However, her idle time is devastated by Hurricane Ivan¿s assault on the Mobile Bay area and Walker vanishing. With a theme in mind, Caroline begins to write Walker¿s tale even as she investigates what happened to him fearing suicide will be the ending of his and her tale.-------------------------- Caroline makes the tale as a wannabe writer who finds her subject. The story line focuses on her efforts to make it and cleverly offers the evolution of her work on Walker. Though everyone is super nice and cooperative and the action somewhat lacking, readers will enjoy following Caroline as she obsesses over THE SECRET WORD that will enable her to tell the world what led to what happened to Walker by writing about this apparent tragedy.----------- Harriet Klausner