Cindy Martinusen's newest book, The Salt Garden, is a tale of three women whose lives impact one another, each in a different, but substantial way. I was pleased to be able to buy this book even before it was "technically" released because I attended an author night at a local college where Cindy was a speaker. (She is an excellent speaker, by the way!) After Cindy read the opening - where we meet Sophia - I could not wait to get started. And, as I expected, it was a page turner from first to last.
Also a serene read, it is one to be savored. Cindy's amazing desciptions of the small coastal town where the story takes place made me want to go there, even though it is a mythical spot. Her beautiful, moving details of the sea made me feel the wind whip through my hair and the waves bounce beneath my feet. The story kept my interest and I had to keep myself from looking ahead to see what happened.
It is told in multiple first person from three points of view: Claire - a young writer who returns home, not planning to stay; Sophia - a reclusive novelist who finds the world's pain too much to bear; and Josephine - a woman who, through her journal, reaches to the others from the grave. And it is Josephine, who is the catalyst that causes Sophia and Claire to reach beyond themselves, beyond their comfort zones, toward relationship.
The Salt Garden is the kind of book to take to that quiet place when everything is still. Then, with feet snuggled up and a cup of steaming Earl Grey nearby, open the covers, experience and enjoy.