Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Nicole Quigley
“Melissa, you can spend your life like everyone else – chasing what you think will make you better. Or you can let God show you how amazing you already are. I’ve been trying to show you that, and I’ve just been getting in the way,” Missy is told in Nicole Quigley’s book, Like Moonlight at Low Tide.
This two hundred and fifty-seven page e-book targets teenagers to young adults who like romance, redemption, and restoration. With a little slang, scenes of underage drinking, and the topic of suicide, it would not be recommended for naïve or immature readers. After nineteen chapters of the story, acknowledgements, author and publisher’s biographies, and websites are at the ending. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Written in first person, sixteen year old Missy Keiser has moved back to Anna Maria Island in Florida after spending the last three years in Pennsylvania. With her mother, older brother, and younger sister, all try to blend back into the community.
Having been verbally abused and called Messy in middle school, the high school junior hopes this time she will be viewed differently by her peers, especially Sam King, the jock she has had a crush on for years.
Yet nothing goes right as she is still bullied by the same group of popular kids who love to party. However, when she is invited to a get together and gets drunk, she unbelievably finds herself in the arms of Sam and accepted by everyone.
One night when sneaking out of the house and swimming in her neighbor’s pool, she meets the owner’s grandson, Josh, an aloof surfer. Since he goes to a Christian youth group and is Sam’s best friend, an emotional friction develops between the neighbors.
While dealing with catty high school clicks, coming-of-age tug-of-wars, and flippancy of parents' attitudes, the value of popularity and being social over friendship, love, and commitment becomes predominant.
After the suicide of someone dear to her heart, Missy has to look inward to rid herself of guilt and pain not being there to help. Only through God’s grace and forgiveness will she find solace and peace.
Although the book centers on first loves of boy-crazy girls, first kisses, and drinking alcohol along with the blow of a young one’s death, the intention is to realize God’s amazing love, hopefully steering one to Christ.
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