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Seven Tears into the Sea [Paperback]

Terri Farley
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April 1 2005
Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....

At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home. Her nana asked her to come. But Gwen knows it's time to go back for another reason: She yearns for the sea. Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her. Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met. Perhaps it's time for her to face her destiny.

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Grade 8 Up–Gwen, 17, has returned to a small beach community seven years after the scandal that forced her family to flee. Now she's spending the summer working at her grandmother's inn and hoping to put the past behind her. The very first morning she's there, however, she meets Jesse, a boy who claims he already knows her, and knows what happened all those years ago. Overcome by her attraction to him, Gwen spends more and more time with him and realizes that he has secrets he isn't telling her. Her grandmother's tales of selkies foreshadow what is to come, and readers will probably guess the outcome long before Gwen does. If they can get past the sentimental title that belies the real story, the romance and mystery will keep them reading until the very end. Expect this to be popular where retold myths and fairy tales are in demand.–Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA
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Gr. 7-10. Unlike Farley's middle-grade Phantom Stallion series, her first YA novel is not equestrian in theme. Her focus, however, is still on a transcendent bond between a girl and an animal--in this case, a sea lion selkie. When Gwen and her parents abruptly move away from their coastal family seat, her clairvoyant grandmother predicts that forces "no mortal can imagine and no female can resist" will draw her back. Sure enough, when Gwen, 17, returns for a summer job, she falls for exotic wanderer Jesse and finds herself immersed in a modern, California version of a Scottish selkie myth. It takes time for her to acknowledge Jesse's sea lion nature (perhaps too long, considering his taste for raw bait); eventually, though, Gwen accepts his alien qualities along with the tragic knowledge that their time together is fleeting. Farley's numerous supporting characters and subplots lend more complication than meaningful depth, but Gwen's convincing, contemporary voice, by turns resolutely practical and head-over-heels for a guy who "kisses like an ocean god," will draw many teens into one of folklore's lesser-known beauty-and-the-beast romances. Jennifer Mattson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different March 4 2009
By B. Owen
Format:Paperback
I have read and own Seven Tears into the Sea. It is about a girl, sixteen, who goes to her family's cottage in the town that her grandmother lives. When she was a child, she sleepwalked out to shore, there a man spoke to her and disappeared. The story of this possible abuser or something else have followed her her entire life. Only now is she willing to overcome the rumors. here she meets a boy named Jesse, he claims to be the boy/man from the beach. What will she do and how will she cope when her reality isn't true anymore?
good book, though my friend read it and did not like it. You will probably hate it or love it
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and inviting a sequel May 7 2005
By John Rogers ClarkIV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this while flying between Bangor and San Francisco. Ms. Farley was right to venture into new territory. She has written a highly enjoyable story about what is real and what isn't. Gwen has spent seven years trying to determine the difference while dealing uncomfortably with her perception of how others in her life view her following her mysterious encounter at the edge of the sea when she was ten.

Now she is back, helping her grandmother at the inn overlooking the very spot where she encountered the mysterious boy in the midnight surf. Was he real; is he human or something else? This is a well-crafted story with believable characters and a smoothly flowing plot. It reminds me of Kotuku by Deborah Savage, another YA story I greatly enjoyed. This would be an excellent addition to any library YA collection or as a gift for someone who likes light fantasy. The ending invites a continuance.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It touched my heart Aug. 3 2006
By J. Cervantez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It was so beautifully writtent that I will never look at the sea the same ever agian. It makes you question your own heart and what you would do if you were in Gwen's position. I couldn't put it down since I read the first page.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll fall in love with this one Sept. 2 2010
By Nelaine Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the first time I ever hear of selkies. As per Wikipedia - Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures that are found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish folklore. Selkies are able to become human by taking off their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting it back on.

In Seven Tears Into the Sea, Ms. Farley tells the tale of a selkie boy and his lady love. What I most enjoyed about this story was the writing - it flows with a lyrical quality making the story sometimes feel sad and other worldly, yet there were times that were light and funny. Her characters are realistically portrayed although there is a paranormal element. The descriptions of the beach, the town, and the bed and breakfast where Gwen is helping out at during the summer, really give it a relaxed feel but at the same time there are so many moments where it feels whimsical - almost like a modern day fairytale.

The story is told through Gwen's perspective so you only get to see and feel what she does. I wish we would have learned a little bit more of Jesse - this would be my only complaint. But I was still pleased with the story as told through Gwen's eyes. The relationship that forms between them is sigh worthy and even tear inducing (on my part).

All in all, this was a lovely story. Ms. Farley masterfully uses the selkie myths and interweaves them into this story - making it a poignant yet mesmerizing read. I found it to be a very refreshing, unique and the perfect summer read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 3 2009
By Jondy Macmillan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Today it increasingly seems like practically anyone can write a young adult novel and get it published, even if the contents are...less than good. I picked up this book mostly because I have a horrific addiction to the YA section of the bookstores and bought about eight others with it. Of them all, I have enjoyed this the most. Gwen managed to be a strong, realistic heroine while Jesse had just the right amount of sexy-but-naive. As a romance, it was a great pairing, but that wasn't all that made the book. The setting on the shoreline of California (I'm assuming the Big Sur area, or somewhere close), reminded me of all the drives I've ever taken with my dad down that long windy road and how we'd stop to see the sea lions stretch across the beaches. Farley's descriptive powers amazed me without overwhelming me as some author's are wont to do. Simply put, this was a fantastic, beautiful book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love conquers all May 19 2006
By fantasy book lover 7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Seven Tears into the Sea was fantasy and real life mixed together.Gwen Cooke comes to stay with her grandmother over the summer but learns much more than she expected. Mirage Point, where she's staying, is where a mysterious past awaits her arrival. Her fears are replaced with love when she meets a boy from her past who sweeps her off her feet. Who is He? Why has he come back to this place? Seven tears in the sea will tell.It was beautifully written and I hope she writes many more.
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