A poignant novella is set in a tiny Cornish village, this work unfolds over three days and two nights, focusing on the relationship between Jenna, a poet, and a 19-year-old student, Tomas Lock, who is interviewing for a spot in her college class. Despite the apparently tranquil setting for the meeting, both characters are, at the same time, going through devastating events in their personal lives. Shifting between their contrasting points of view, the novel traces their touching relationship, from first meeting through a sudden traumatic event that tests their emotional endurance to their ultimate and poignant final parting.
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Set in West Penwith, Cornwall, and covering a time span of just three days, Between Two Seas is the engaging tale of the short yet significant relationship between successful poet, Jenna Mundey, and her young fan, Tomas Lock, himself an aspiring poet.
Jenna and Tomas quickly find they share more than a love and gift for poetry; although separated by a twenty-year age gap, they have both lost their mothers at a young age and are emotionally raw from recent experiences. Tomas is being abused by his depressed and alcoholic father and is in love with his sister¿s boyfriend. Jenna is still smarting from the end of an affair and is living separately from her husband, who is sharing the marital home ¿ albeit platonically ¿ with her sister. Each of them seeks solace and inspiration in the natural world and the sacred sites that abound in this ancient land that lies between two seas.
Cook achieves a fine balance here, creating an immediate sense of intensity in his characters and their relationships whilst keeping them safely grounded in an earthy present. Jenna might be a prize-winning poet, but she also bakes muffins and gratin dauphinois and worries about whether the chickens have been shut in for the night. In another writer¿s hands, the same material might have been shaped into something rather bleak and challenging; instead, Cook turns it into a gentle, untroubling tale of a brief encounter between strangers as the tide of their lives turns ¿ a good book to curl up with by the fire.
Suzy Ceulan Hughes