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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Sharing Sea Glass by Susan Jean Ricci is a short, breezy read that is so captivating it keeps the reader racing through the pages. It begins with Jo Harrison drowning and at the very moment she believes she is being swallowed up by the ocean, a pair of hands reach down to pull her up. The next day, a voicemail from Peter Mattson, who rescued her, gets her calling back. But the message from Peter's mother results in another encounter with Peter that starts an emotional journey they never expected. As they explore each other, they are both pulled in a direction they never saw coming. Is the attraction real? Is Jo just seeing a hero in Peter or is there more than that?
Susan Jean Ricci is a great storyteller who knows how to play the game with feelings and she succeeds in arousing all kinds of emotions in readers - excitement, anxiety, joy - and surprise at what happens next. The characters are well-developed and besides the two key characters that experience a powerful attraction between them is the hilarious Uber driver who ups the fun. This author explores the inner workings of the characters' hearts and keeps the writing interesting by infusing it with realism and humanity. The characters are real and their world is the familiar one readers live in. Great prose, wonderful characters, and strong plot points are among the many strengths of this novella. Sharing Sea Glass is refreshing and hugely original.