Saturday, May 2, 2015

Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

~Saturday Stories~

Typical Missy: ""You mean I’m not good enough for him.” I held my eyes on his face until he finally turned my way. I willed him to explain it. I wanted to hear him say it for himself: I wasn’t good enough to be his girlfriend. I wasn’t good enough to be Sam’s either. I was the ugly duckling, with a wild mother and a brother who walked around dazed half the time."

It's junior year and Missy is coming back to her home island. Three years away was not enough for the cool kids to forget what a loser she used to be. Only this time Sam King, the popular guy she's had a crush on for years, likes her. Is it worth it? Is there any way to escape being a no one?

Like Moonlight at Low Tide is touching and opening. It delves into two topics that are not often discussed in Christian fiction: bullying and suicide. With a painfully true view on both, it shows the way to redemption. Missy doesn't have a father, and her mom is constantly changing boyfriends. With this background, Missy often feels worthless. Ever so slowly she learns that she is precious and loved for who she is.

The book contains about half a dozen uses of swear words and two detailed near-sex encounters.

I wish there was more about God in the beginning and middle and that Josh -Missy's friend- was less shy about his faith. However, Missy's coming to God in the end was so beautiful.

For more on Nicole Quigley visit her website and Facebook page.

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