Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.
It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go—even when you know you have to say goodbye.
3.5 to 4.0 stars
Where Sea Meets Sky was my ticket on an adventure to New Zealand driving through the countryside in 70’s van. My knowledge about New Zealand is limited so this trip was educational. When things were mentioned like waitomo glowworm’s I googled them out of curiosity. If I ever make it to that part of the world I will use this book as a tour guide for the places I want to visit.
I’ve been pondering my rating for awhile because I’m a fan of Ms. Halle’s writing but my hang up with this book is it reminded me of Love in, English’s plot line. Vera and her brother Josh basically switched roles and it’s his turn to experience love in a foreign country with a person who is emotionally/physically unavailable. A close friend posed this question, “I wonder would you have felt that way had you not read Love in, English?” I’ve been contemplating my answer to that question because as I’ve mentioned above I do like the way Ms. Halle conjures up a story.
While the story felt familiar to me the scenery did not. I enjoyed imagining what New Zealand must look like as this group of characters traveled around it. The story was 3.5 stars because, as stated before, it resembled Josh’s sister’s book; Love in, English. The writing however was superb and the scenery was enjoyable. Those two elements pushed my rating to 4 stars.