Her mother's third marriage is only hours old when all hope for Clare's fifteenth summer fades. Before she knows it, Clare is whisked away to some ancient cottage on a tiny marsh island on Cape Cod to spend the summer with her fathera man she hasn't seen since she was three.
Clare's biological father barely talks, and when he does, he obsesses about endangered turtles. The first teenager Clare meets on the Cape confirms that her father is known as the town crazy person.
But there's something undeniably magical about the marsh and the islanda connection to Clare’s past that runs deeper than memory. Even her father's beloved turtles hold unexpected surprises. As Clare's father begins to reveal more about himself and his own struggle, Clare's summer becomes less of an exile and more of a return.
About the Author
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including two short story collections, three novels, a memoir, and a collection of poetry. Her picture books include Always in Trouble, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, and The Littlest Matryoshka (written under the name Corinne Demas Bliss). Her new novel, The Writing Circle, was published this past summer. She is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review. She lives with her family, her dog, and two miniature donkeys in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"‘Returning to Shore’ is a coming of age story that follows Clare going to stay with a father she hasn’t really known after her mother remarries. At first Clare is hesitant, reserved and cautious to warm up to him. She doesn’t know this man, and he isn’t exactly the most communicative of personalities to mesh with, with ease. But soon his story begins to unravel allowing Clare to see another side to this man beyond his bashful nature and intense passion for sea turtles. She sees a man much different than what the locals in town imagined him to be. Corrine Demas does a fantastic job with creating authentic teen angst and detailing a well-painted setting. The tension, the tenderness, it was all executed well and built on a solid story with well-defined characters. While it was a little difficult to adjust to Clare’s strong personality at first, things settled later on. Maybe she was a little bratty at first, then again what teen isn’t! Returning to Shore makes for a quick, contemporary read with a central focus on a realistic father-daughter-reconnecting relationship and sea turtle preservation than anything else. I would have liked a tad more of Clare sticking up for her father, and an ending that was wrapped up a little more, however it was still a touching, sweet read." --- RJ Does Books!