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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
The writing is superb. That is the first thing I must say about Like a Girl Out of Water by Halle B. Atherton. Her descriptions of family life, childhood, and just living in the South brought to mind the writing of the late great Pat Conroy. Halle’s writing will be her strong suit in any book she chooses to write. That’s how good it is. All the elements of a good story are here in abundance. Strong settings, great realistic characters, and a plot that Shakespeare would approve. Yet with all that, I have to say it is the writing that ties it all together and pushes it past being a good romance into the realm of greatness. Like a Girl Out of Water is a great book. Make no mistake about it. I do not compare writers to Pat Conroy lightly. I loved his work and I love the writing of Halle B. Atherton. This is the first thing I have read by her. It will not be the last.
I don’t know where this plot is going further in The Miller's Creek Trilogy. That is as it should be. I want it to surprise me. I want it to jump out of the bushes and slap me in the face. I guess I’m kinda weird. But here’s the thing; with writing like this, you don’t have to know where you are going. That is because you know you are in good hands, and you are enjoying the journey so much. Why spoil it with a predictable plot? The setting is authentic and very well written. I grew up on the Gulf Coast. I have taken the boat out and fished with boyhood friends and innocently longed for beautiful girls. Halle describes that feeling and situation beautifully. You can’t love a book if there is no one worthy to love in the book. Predictably, I fell in love with Allie Wainwright, but to be honest, I loved all these characters.