Review: Someone Else's Ocean by Kate Stewart
I'm going to be super honest with you. When I finish a book, I almost always write the review instantly. Like, finish the epilogue, turn off kindle, power up website. Why? I could say it's because I'm just so insanely excited to write a review (which I usually am, so that's not really a lie) but the honest to God reason is I have the memory of a gnat. Hello mom brain. Seriously, if it's not my kids schedule, I have absolutely no idea what day it is or what my middle name even is. But with this book? Oh lord, I needed a hot second to compose myself. There were so many emotions running through me when I finished that it was absolutely impossible for me to gather enough logical thoughts to write something down. So here I am. nearly 24 hours later. And I'm ready.
Story Line: The story opens in the hospital. Ian is there and his ex-wife runs in demanding answers. You see, their daughter was in a car accident and ended up with some non-life threatening injuries. At first I was like wait, did I miss book 1? But I quickly felt like the blonde bimbo I am and realized this scene is just setting us up for Ian's flight to St. Thomas where he will be reunited with Koti - the girl he met when he was just a teenager and she was only 6 years old. She left a lasting impression on him with her Aphrodite style and his cocky, attractiveness had her hooked from day 1. Fast forward to present day and Ian his the epitome of a broken shell of a person. He takes refuge on the beautiful island in his parents rental home which is conveniently located next to Koti's parents rental home where she is currently residing. Their worlds collide in the most painfully gorgeous way. Their worlds are masterfully written and impeccably described. Their pain and desire to heal is felt with every single word, sentence and paragraph.
Interaction: Koti is broken too. Her pain is deep and has been eating away at her for a very long time. Ian's sorrow comes from a fresh wound. But it's deep, impossibly deep. But somehow, through the arguing, fighting, oddly kind gestures and a sweet little puppy, these two manage to form a bond so strong, not even an ocean can keep them apart.
Laundry: The story line alone, had me fall head over heals in love with this book. However the laundry? The laundry put it on my top 10 books list. Seriously. Koti and Ian have some dirty, hot laundry, y'all. And you know how they say that make up laundry is the best laundry? Well, these two characters just made that cliche a reality. Because honey, LORD. The angry laundry was some of the best scenes I've ever read in my entire life. That is NOT an exaggeration. I may or may not have picked a fight with my hubby after reading a scene just to see if I could duplicate a thing or two...
Depth: You know how I said there's a lot of pain and hurt going on with Ian as well as Koti? Yeah. That's your depth right there. Their backstories are gut wrenching. I cried for Ian several times. And reading about Koti and her family? Girlfriend, I felt for you. My parents are the same way. Keeping up appearances, never disgrace the family name, do what will benefit the family always. Yep. All of that. I get it. But what happened to her? My heart aches. But thank you lord Jesus, time heals their wounds. Time, Ian's daughter and deep, powerful love. It was all incredible and I would read this book over and over again just so I can feel how I feel right now again and again.