A Drop in the Ocean – Jenni Ogden

On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love. Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.”

I know you should not judge a book by its cover but I loved everything about this immediately, the font, the colours and the photography. Very appealing to the eye.

This book has transported me to two very different islands of the world. I must admit I do feel more akin to the dramatic ruggedness of Shetland which has left me with a longing to wrap up warm, take my family and a flask of hot chocolate and venture to the seaside for a brisk walking weekend away.

Ogden has a writing style I struggled with initially but once I found the rhythm it glided a little more, it was a trifle stilted in parts but I understand she was trying to capture the minute detail with her words which in turn felt I was slowly wading through the chapters rather than racing through.

That said though she writes a lovely story that can be savoured due to the style of writing telling the tale of self belief and discovery bringing Anna Fergusson to the forefront of the story with all other characters, main or sub, weaving around her.

It is a refreshing change to read a story of older woman and how life is perceived the older we get, this book provides reassurances, strong friendships, stability, routine and loyalty in these new formed friendships creating a small community of very close people. Parts of the novel are tender and heart warming and others heart aching and difficult, the contrast of Anna’s feelings makes an interesting read.

There are a handful of strong main characters, more so in presence within the story rather then force and I do believe you will grow to love them individually to the older woman to the 19 year old young mother, the reserved turtle whisperer and Morrie who really brings the story full circle and I feel is a very poignant character.

I did enjoy the fact that the story was concluded and no one was forgotten 

I managed to whip through the story in a few days, this story as a whole resonates the power of deep friendship, ultimate love and as Ogden says learning the hard life lessons n the gentlest of ways.

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