I think I have found it… one of the best books I have read to date this year at least. While many reviews complain of it being unbelievable it really doesn’t matter. I didn’t even think about those things, I loved the writing so much and the characters.
She could have put more into the story and had the kid get sick and have other struggles that everyone complained that was missing from the story and had people help her – oh they did help her though… Jumpin and his wife helped her. There could have been more to the story as to how she learned how to work on the boat engine and keep the boat running.
I finally read a book where I loved the ending. The heroine did it! Didn’t see that coming except I had an inkling something was off at the trial when she did not get called to the stand or there were no conversations with her lawyer about how she did not do it.
The isolation is real. It makes people turn inward like Kya did. Not being touched for years upon years, does something to people. It was amazing that she could go on and learn to read and become a world renown biologist and expert on the swamp. I could almost see this as a real true story.
I loved that she was really the poet that had poems published and she recited out loud at the marsh.
I love how the author weaved the plight of the firefly into the ending.
When thinking about writing my own novel, I want to remind myself to come back to this one and figure out how to weave something into the ending that is not expected but appropriate.