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Review: The Pelican

"Because life is about living..."

Julia has never been one to surrender without a fight, but when she receives a devastating diagnosis, she has a decision to make.

Even after thirty years, she can still see her mother slowly fading away with every dose of chemo, every round of radiation, and every lost shred of hope. No, she won't do it... not to her family... and not to herself!

Without warning, she packs up her belongings and disappears, leaving behind a life that, by all accounts, had been as perfect as they come, and a distraught family full of questions.

Finding peace in a beach house in Northern California turns out to have its complications though. While only a handful of other residents share the tiny beach community, each one has brought their own baggage and developed their own way of dealing with it. All Julia wants is to be left alone, but that simply does not seem to be an option, especially when there's a persistent bird that declares her to be his new best friend.

Haunted by the shadows of the past, Julia is struggling to cope with the present. Will she have the strength to do this alone and eventually follow through with her plan? Will her family, divided by mixed reactions to being abandoned, come together to try and track her down? And what is the deal with that pelican of hers?

Only time will tell - and time is the one thing Julia does not have...


*My apologies to author and host - I only finished this book this morning. I didn't want to post before I had read the full work.*

This book hit some poignant chords for me. From losing a parent to cancer to running away to the Pacific coast for some perspective - everything seemed to run through the path of my own grief.

This wasn't a particularly easy book to read, but it was beautifully drawn and passionately expressed. There were moments of healing and a lot of pain. But as I was with my own grief, I'm amazed at the resilience of human beings and the capacity we have to heal and hurt each other.

I recommend this book, though I'd add that it's probably best to read it with a touch of distance from the subject. Or maybe not. I certainly felt seen and understood as I journeyed with the protagonist through grief, pain and loss (both experienced and pending).

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For duration of tour – The Pelican will be £1.99 on Amazon UK (and US)

Author Bio –

Born and raised in Germany, M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. One of them, Dusty, a spunky terrier mix, found its way into her debut novel.

When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out story lines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach - her proverbial 'happy place'. M's love for the beach and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in The Pelican.

"Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time 'real' job has its challenges. I don't get to spend half as much time as I'd like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!"

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