In Jeanine Croft's debut novel Thorne Bay, we slip into Evan's quiet, uneventful life. A native Floridian stuck in a dead-end job and on the fast track to nowhere, she's ready to make a change. In a wild moment, she throws a dart into a world map, swearing she will go wherever it lands. It lands on Alaska, as far from her own life as she can imagine. Challenge accepted.
However, when Evan crosses paths with the dark and brooding Tristan, the pilot who flies her through the wilderness to Thorne Bay, her summer job at an Alaskan lodge becomes much more interesting. Quiet, reserved, and seeming to harbor secrets, Tristan catches Evan's interest, and as their paths continue to cross, her interest deepens, despite his resistance, and her instincts warning her to keep her distance.
Thorne Bay is a beautiful book, written by a master of prose. It's a stunning debut, passionate, dark, gritty, and driven by a profoundly relatable female character. Evan's journey is powerful, poetic, unforgettable. A triumph of storytelling.