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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ferry to Cooperation Island is a work of fiction in the literary, dramatic, and seafaring sub-genres, and was penned by author Carol Newman Cronin. In this tale of coastal conflicts, budding romance, and building characters, we find ourselves following the exploits of former ferry captain James Malloy. A loner by nature, James is forced to re-enter society when one of his only dear friends’ sacred land is put up for development as a golf course. As James joins the crusade on Brenton Island, he comes face to face with the woman who took his job, but Captain Courtney Farris may not be all that he had first imagined her to be.
Author Carol Newman Cronin has crafted a highly enjoyable literary drama that places its characters and their development at the forefront of the plot's events. James Malloy is a truly fascinating study into how we can become closed to the world around us, and the novel’s central themes include this reopening of ourselves to the wider community, and how enriching that can be. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of ups and downs in this dramatically enjoyable storyline, with heartfelt emotional realism from the entire cast of characters on the island, and indeed the character of the island itself. What results is a beautifully penned novel that will sweep you away. Overall, I would highly recommend Ferry to Cooperation Island for cozy readers seeking realistic and uplifting fiction with a heartfelt message about community.