Sea by Heidi R. Kling: Stephanie’s review

You need to read this book.

No, really. Now.

Go get it — I’ll wait.


What? It’s not out yet? Oh, OK. You probably want to know why you need to read it. There are many reasons, but here are a few highlights.


  • We all need to reminded of how good we have it. If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you have access to a computer; a water-tight roof over your head; something more than white rice for dinner; and toilet paper.

             ‘Nuff said.

  • As the saying goes, “Location, location, location.” Sea is set in both coastal California and post-tsunami Indonesia, where the ocean plays an essential role in local culture and livelihood. In California, readers get to experience a bit of the surfer lifestyle; in Indonesia, many make their livings fishing off the coast. Both main characters are betrayed by the water they are drawn to. Readers who love the water will be able to relate; those who are landlocked will get to experience both the danger and beauty it offers.
  • It costs less than a plane ticket. I hate to travel. (I know. I should have “FREAK” tattooed on my forehead.) In theory I love it; in practice, not so much. Which is why books like Sea really appeal to me — I get to experience a different culture from the comfort of my home, sans crowded airports, jet lag and screaming kids. I get to see how people on the other side of the world date, eat, socialize, worship, speak, and respond to a horrific disaster. I get to see how different we are, but really, how we are essentially the same.
  • It will break your heart, but then hand it back to you with glue oozing from the jagged edges. This isn’t your traditional love story. The main characters, Sienna and Deni, form a bond bourne of tragedy and loss, trust and healing, when “back to normal” isn’t an option. Instead, each must find a new normal and a way to move forward. They both grow so much that when the pivotal moment arrives, your breath is knocked right out of you. It’s so unfair. And so wonderful. And so heartbreaking. And so wrong. And ultimately, so right.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had such a strong reaction to a book.

  • You may just find your future. No, those of you reading in, say, Wisconsin, are not going to die in a tsunami. But you may discover that psychology is a field you want to explore in college, or perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking a mission trip with your church. Maybe you’ll take some time to volunteer overseas after you get that shiny stethoscope in med school. Good with languages? Become a translator. Take up surfing. Become an ambassador. Save the turtles.

Because just like Sienna, you can do great things.

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  1. Stephanie, this is an amazing review. I love it! These are exactly the reasons everyone NEEDS to read this book!!

    1. Thanks Sara. I had planned to revise a bit, but life didn’t work out that way! I just hope it gets across how strongly I feel about this book.

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