My Rating: 5 Stars!
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publish Date: December 4th, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.
Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend a week with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.
The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be…and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.
A woman he wants for his own.
But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.
Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.
Opening Sentence: Four Weeks After “I’m alone on the other side of the world talking to a sea turtle that might be the reincarnation of my mom.”
“Where I Found You” is an adorable, surprisingly heavy, but also light and fun read. Following Sienna Jones a girl with PTSD whose mother was lost to the sea many years ago. Here mother Hope was a humanitarian and traveled with her husband helping others in various countries by setting up programs and providing medical aide both in the mental and the physical aspects. With the loss of her mother Sienna spirals from being a confident surfer and boogie border of the sea, to never setting foot there again.
Her father’s challenge to go to Indonesia on a two week trip to help Orphans who have experienced something quite similar to what Sienna herself has (and they might just be the right ones to be able to heal each other). Since I have never read a book that centered around humanitarian efforts this book was a really wonderful new point of view for me. I loved reading about Sienna’s interactions with the children affected by a tsunami. In so many ways, this book inspires a special kind of compassion that comes from understanding that the ways you have been hurt can give you a passage to be able to help those who have hurt similarly.
When Sienna meets Deni, it is a special bond of kindred souls that forms from their shared hardship. However, there bond runs a bit deeper then that and the moments that they share together over such a short period of time changes them both in beautiful ways.
“Where I Found You” has a lot of soul. It is a novel that has the ability to capture your heart and make you fall in love with its characters and everything they stand for.
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-Till next time!