Love triangles, family secrets, endangered species, and an oil spill
Trails in the Sand is a southern drama on the scale of Anne Rivers Siddons.
When environmental writer Caroline Carlisle sets off to report on endangered sea turtles during the BP oil spill in 2010, the last thing she expects is to do is uncover family secrets. The long-kept secrets threaten to destroy her family, unless she can heal the hurts from a lifetime of lies.
To make matters worse, Caroline’s love for her late sister’s husband, Simon, creates an uproar in a southern family already set on a collision course with its past.
Trails in the Sand is set on Florida’s panhandle and the east coast near St. Augustine. Florida’s Panhandle beaches, including St. George Island, off the coast near Apalachicola in the Gulf of Mexico, are home to hundreds of sea turtle nests each summer. When the oil spill threatens to come ashore on Florida’s Panhandle beaches, conservationists and wildlife managers join together in an historic effort to save the sea turtle eggs by moving them across the state to Cape Canaveral. As the oil from BP’s oil spill continues to spew forth into the Gulf of Mexico, urgency to save Florida wildlife mounts. It’s in this atmosphere that Caroline discovers the truth about her family as she writes stories about the rescue of the eggs.
Caroline struggles to repair the rift between herself and Jodi, Simon’s daughter. Jodi is not only Caroline’s niece, but after her marriage to Simon, Jodi is now her stepdaughter. Jodi is resentful that her aunt married her father so soon after her mother’s death and neither Caroline nor Simon can break through the barrier she’s created to insulate herself from further hurt. When all three are brought together one night on a beach near Cape Canaveral for the release of the baby sea turtles, the tensions of the past collide as the hatchlings make their march to the sea. Whether any of them survive remains a mystery, but at least both the hatchlings and Caroline and her family have been given a new chance for at life.
The book is full of sea turtle facts and real-life news reports and press releases about the very real and frightening Deepwater Water spill. The book also chronicles the dangers in coal mining and ties it together with the oil spill to show that good energy conservation begins with following safe procedures and standards.
Through it all, the ancient loggerhead sea turtle serves as a reminder that life moves forward despite the best efforts to destroy it.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
Book Price: $0.99