Just A Drop in the Ocean (A Review)
From Grant Leishman comes A Drop in the Ocean, a charming tale of romance, deceit, and accountability for one's actions. Set between the Philippines and New Zealand, we follow the journeys of Teresa and Nick, two long lost pen-pals.
Having lost the contact they craved as adolescents, both try to move on and find romance, but neither finds what they need in their partners. There is a recurring theme of emotional manipulation that sees both Teresa and Nick desperately cling to unhealthy relationships. This story warns potential readers of the signs of emotional manipulation, both in men and women.
At first, I disliked Teresa as she allowed herself to be used not only as a sexual object but as a fall-guy for people in political power. I suppose that I also felt a similar way about Nick's character when he first marries. He allows his hopes and aspirations to disappear, clinging to the company of his new wife, no matter how dire his financial situation gets.
I enjoyed the author's style immensely. It made for fluid reading and gave a clear sense of the emotional roller-coaster of a journey that the main characters find themselves on. The plot developed at a steady pace and struck a good balance between descriptive language, dialogue, and action.
The only thing that caught me by surprise was the thirty-year time jump between chapters one and two as we hadn't gotten to know the characters yet. This was a finely crafted tale that I could not put down.
Recommended for lovers of romance.
Rated 5 stars.
Rated 5 stars.