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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Spindrift by Simon Bardwell is a coming-of-age story about a young man's journey of self-discovery. Narrated from the father's point of view, it's also about letting go of your children so they can spread their wings. The story opens inside a car at the side of a country road where pregnant Allie, assisted by her husband Adam, gives birth to the twins, John and Luke. Sadly, their mother passes away ten years later. Raised by their father alone, the twins turn out differently from each other. Luke is the dependable rock in the family, while John is the impulsive one. Unhappy with the prospect of working in the family business for the rest of his life, John writes to his father to ask for his inheritance in advance so that he can follow his heart's desire. Will he find what he is looking for?
Simon Bardwell's Spindrift is a modern-day parable with a very relevant theme. Similar to the parable of the Prodigal Son, John receives his inheritance and travels to a distant country. The similarity, however, stops here, and the path that he follows is entirely unexpected. From an affluent London suburb, he finds himself in a shady place in Melbourne. The young man's decision not only disrupts his life but also affects his family and the people close to him. The book is an enjoyable and easy read and is written casually. It's also very intimate and this can only be achieved if the writer knows his characters very well. Without being preachy and didactic, essential lessons can be learned from this narrative. Highly recommended!