The Cicada Spring

A Potomac Shores Novel

Fiction - Womens
354 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2024
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Author Biography

Carolyn McBride grew up exploring the Potomac River on her dad's Boston Whaler. Her Potomac Shores series is immersed in the places she lives and loves, from South Florida's Intracoastal Waterway to Virginia’s Occoquan River. Like Carolyn, her characters are grandmothers, mothers, wives, daughters, friends, pet lovers, and boat captains. A former editor and columnist for National Geographic Traveler, The Cicada Spring is her first work of fiction.

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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite

Carolyn McBride brings us soulful women's fiction in The Cicada Spring. Katie Young is adrift. She has just said goodbye to her daughter who will be attending college in New York City. Now she will be returning home to Virginia, alone. She has a stable job in IT. It was fine while being a single mother. But what now? That is when she decides to meet the recruiter who has been headhunting her for a position in Miami, Florida. So, here she goes! A new job in a new city and a new man in her life. When things turn out to be not exactly as advertised and the world is hit with a pandemic, Katie has to re-evaluate her life.

Author Carolyn McBride has created a story that rings true on so many levels in this first Potomac Shores novel. With a strong leading lady who is not only likable but wonderfully relatable, this story is perfect for women of all ages. Filled with amazing little bits of insight, you will be hard-pressed not to dig a little deeper into your own life to find that which “feeds your soul.” Written in the third-person narrative with a focus on our protagonist, you will fall in love with the delectable scenery. A strong theme of bonding runs through these pages joined by an amazing ensemble of characters. I loved the fact that the pandemic was such a strong focal point, as it bound me to the story in a much deeper way. The Cicada Spring is a must-read!