I could hardly tear myself away from it in order to meet other obligations! Although geared for the young teen audience, I found the plot, setting, and characters irresistible! Furthermore, that this fiction eco-novel is based on thorough research of today’s issues makes it deeply inspiring and eye-opening.
The setting of every scene of Tangled Lines provides stunning, sometimes gut wrenching, visual images through the author’s use of specifically descriptive language. You can feel the salty breeze of the Florida Keys. Your stomach turns at the sight of dead or injured pelicans. Whether on the dock, on the school campus, in the various homes and shops, or at the church gathering, you the reader are there!
These scenes come alive with the convincing characters, each with their unique personalities and families. They have varying backgrounds: Kenzie being a “transplant” from New York, Angelo having grown up in the Keys with the family fish market, Harry carrying the attitude of his wealthy family – obsessed with investment and acquisition and completely detached from the well-being of the environment, and Ana, a local with an adorable Spanish accent who never sees herself as disabled. They, along with several other well developed personalities, capture the character of the entire community. – Wendy “Big Bird” Hawkins, Education Chair, Forsyth Audubon, Winston-Salem, NC
Tangled Lines immerses the reader almost immediately as the characters become involved in finding solutions from one set of circumstances to another. This is a “Murder She Wrote” type of story line that has you guessing and re-evaluating the outcome with each chapter.
I found myself bonding with the main (good) characters with a like mindset of wanting to protect all God’s creatures. Even though I hadn’t read any of the previous books that would tie me into meeting Kenzie and Angelo, the references given to their past events brought me up-to-date so that I felt I knew them. Part way in, I noticed the word “tangled” used to describe Kenzie’s hair. My mind dove a little further, taking it as an analogy to what was in store not only for the pelicans, but for her as well.
I felt a part of the action. I found myself role playing the part of Kenzie, analyzing my surroundings and trying to find solutions.
The storyline reminded me of “Murder She Wrote” with the pelicans being the victims. The gathering of bits of background information evolves into the foreground as “mysteries” unfold. In fact, I think it would make a great screen play or TV series. As events unfolded I was reading at a faster pace in order to keep up. The characters are so tightly interwoven that the storyline maintains continuity from one thread to another.
The ‘Author’s Note’ not only validates the background material presented but also reveals the thoroughness with which she researched and observed various situations. If so inspired, the reader is invited to further their knowledge by visiting wild life websites of the Florida Keys. – Sherian A. Wright, Naturalist & author of “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener”