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.
After losing her grant to continue funding her Huntington’s disease research, Anna Fergusson finds herself at a crossroad. With no job, no real prospects, and no life outside her lab she decides to embark on a new adventure completely out of her comfort zone. She becomes the substitute manager of a small beach campground on Turtle Island, a tiny coral island on the outer edges of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is there she will begin a journey of self-discovery, let go of her past and find love in new and lasting relationships. Jenni Ogden’s “A Drop in the Ocean” left me wanting to get away on my own tropical isle. Her description of the island, its sea life, beautiful nesting birds and sea turtles were rich, colorful and easy to visualize. The coral island made a beautiful backdrop to Anna’s heartfelt and complex story. In addition to all the research on marine life I was also educated to the sadness of Huntington’s disease and the importance of research in any disease process. The story itself contained warm and compelling characters assisting Anna in transforming herself in ways she never would have anticipated. I also appreciated the addition of the epilogue. I like to know what happens to the characters I have spent time with. I enjoyed watching Anna evolve. My only difficulty was Anna’s character development at the beginning of her story on the island. She had many layers and I would have liked to have seen her open up and develop more slowly with time. In addition there were times I was given what she was feeling rather than shown. Otherwise, I enjoyed her growth from educated recluse to friend. I appreciate being given an advanced copy of Jenni Ogden’s “A Drop in the Ocean” for a fair and honest review.
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