Silver Bay is another fabulous novel by one of my favourite authors, Jojo Moyes.
So good, it was shortlisted for both the RNA Novel of the Year and the Good Housekeeping Book of the Year in 2007!
It's set on a fictitious part of the Australian coast about three or four hours' drive north of Sydney where 'whalechasers' take tourists out to marvel at whales and dolphins, but where big business is out to develop this haven and, change it for ever.
The story is told from the points of view of the main protagonists: Kathleen, a shark catcher in her youth, but now in her seventies and running the old Silver Bay Hotel; Liza, her niece, who has escaped to the safety of Silver Bay; Liza's daughter, Hannah; Greg, Yoshi, and Lance the 'whalechasers'; and Mike Dormer from England who turns up and threatens to spoil their idyll. They are so well drawn that I could imagine sitting on the bench outside the Silver Bay Hotel with them each evening, eating chips and drinking beer, as the story unfolds.
This novel explores love, of course: not only romantic love, but also the love of a mother for her daughter, and an aunt for her niece and what happens when this is stretched to the limit.
It's such a moving and surprising book; one of those where you can't wait to read to the end, but are sad when you get there and you have to close it and admire the cover, wishing for more.
Never mind, there are still three of Jojo Moyes' books that I haven't read to look forward to!