You, Me, And The Sea: A Novel by Meg DonohueYou, Me, And The Sea: A Novel by Meg Donohue

You, Me, And The Sea: A Novel

byMeg Donohue

Paperback | May 7, 2019

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From the USA Today bestselling author of All the Summer Girls and Dog Crazy comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope—and even magic—can blossom in the darkest of places.

To find her way, she must abandon everything she loves…

As a child, Merrow Shawe believes she is born of the sea: strong, joyous, and wild. Her beloved home is Horseshoe Cliff, a small farm on the coast of Northern California where she spends her days exploring fog-cloaked bluffs, swimming in the cove, and basking in the light of golden sunsets as her father entertains her with fantastical stories. It is an enchanting childhood, but it is not without hardship—the mystery of Merrow’s mother’s death haunts her, as does the increasingly senseless cruelty of her older brother, Bear.

Then, like sea glass carried from a distant land, Amir arrives in Merrow’s life. He’s been tossed about from India to New York City and now to Horseshoe Cliff, to stay with her family. Merrow is immediately drawn to his spirit, his passion, and his resilience in the face of Bear’s viciousness. Together they embrace their love of the sea, and their growing love for each other.

But the ocean holds secrets in its darkest depths. When tragedy strikes, Merrow is forced to question whether Amir is really the person she believed him to be. In order to escape the danger she finds herself in and find her own path forward, she must let go of the only home she’s ever known, and the only boy she’s ever loved.... 

Title:You, Me, And The Sea: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006242985X

ISBN - 13:9780062429858


Rated 4 out of 5 by from reads like poetry! “The thing that I’d said to Assim about every action being a link in a longer chain of events was something I had learned from my father. For my father, there was always a larger story; every action was a reaction. Assim and I had been discussing violence, but my father had always been speaking of love. My father believed that our lives were bound together – and to the past and to the earth – through a web of connections both seen and unseen.” Donohue tells a harrowing tale of a family, torn apart by the loss of their mother, while simultaneously bound together by this event, and their home of Horseshoe Cliff. They all search for something different, something more. Fate brings Amir, an orphaned Hindu boy to Horseshoe Cliff. Amir and Merrow have an inseparable bond that only grows as the years pass. None of the struggles they face at Horseshoe cliff ever waiver their absolute love for each other. However, Merrow always craves more; a different life, a different place, a more secure future. It is this drive, and an unforeseen incident, that brings Merrow into contact with the Langford’s, and provides her with an inkling as to what her future could possibly be like with the proper education, a successful career, and the support of a family. Merrow must choose her future, but is her fate to be at Horseshoe Cliff with Amir, or abroad with Will Langford? Horseshoe Cliff has been nothing but death, violence and betrayal for Merrow, and Will Langford and great unknown past her childhood home provide her with this grand sense of hope. However, is that hope stronger than the love she has for Amir? This book read like a piece of poetry. The descriptive language and flourishes that Donohue used to describe the setting and the characters alike was majestic. It literally ebbed and flowed as you read to mimic the crashing of the waves at Horseshoe Cliff. Although the preface led me to believe that the “incident” it alludes to was more suspenseful and gruesome than it turned out to be, there was enough turmoil in the lives of the characters that the storyline was not lacking. What is most interesting to me is how the characters literally embody the names they are given. Bear, overcome with the death of his mother has spent his life carrying around the guilt of her death and transferring that guilt into an animalistic violence towards Merrow and Amir and any happiness that enters their lives. His attacks mirror that of a fit of rage a bear would ensue on its prey. Merrow, in Irish folklore means mermaid; which explains her being always drawn to the sea; but interestingly enough in Old English the meaning derived from Merrow is “fertile ground”. Amir’s name is referenced in the book as meaning “rich In Hindi”. It is absolutely beautiful how Donohue creates these well rounded characters whom have their fates literally embedded into their names. Interestingly, Horseshoe Cliff is the union of sea and land, but it is only when a union between Merrow and Amir occurs that Horseshoe Cliff itself yields a fertile and rich harvest.
Date published: 2019-06-18

Editorial Reviews

“The power of the sea roars in the intimate prose of You, Me, and the Sea.. An enchanting story of passionate love, devastating secrets, and the sea’s mysteries unfolds... an awe-inspiring love story for the ages.”