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The Stranding by Kate Sawyer

Publication Date 24.06.21



Ruth lives in the heart of the city. Working, drinking, falling in love: the rhythm of her vivid and complicated life is set against a background hum of darkening news reports from which she deliberately turns away.

When a new romance becomes claustrophobic, Ruth chooses to leave behind the failing relationship, but also her beloved friends and family, and travels to the other side of the world in pursuit of her dream life working with whales in New Zealand.

But when Ruth arrives, the news cycle she has been ignoring for so long is now the new reality. Far from home and with no real hope of survival, she finds herself climbing into the mouth of a beached whale alongside a stranger. When she emerges, it is to a landscape that bears no relation to the world they knew before.

When all has been razed to the ground, what does it mean to build a life?

Five Star Review

How to write a review for a book that blows your mind. Stunning. Beautiful. Intelligently crafted. Brave. Spellbinding. All true, yet weak descriptors for this gorgeous tale of love & loss. I'm honoured to have read it and it will stay with me for a very long time.

It is a triumph of a novel with deep emotional engagement. I can't count how many times I cried. Tears of hope and love too.

It astounds me that the author could dream up this magnificent story. I mean how on earth did she imagine it? And the threads throughout both timelines are so expertly weaved.

This is a lesson in storytelling. A blockbuster of a tale.

You need to discover Ruth and Nik' and explore their wonderous love.

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