In Morrison’s debut young adult novel, TAKEN BY STORM, Michael faces incredible loss, but he finds Leesie. UNBROKEN CONNECTION is Leesie’s story. By the final page, she is broken and battered–physically and spiritually. Morrison vowed to her readers not to leave her that way. CAYMAN SUMMER recounts Michael and Leesie’s final journey.
Michael takes Leesie to the Cayman Islands to heal. Time, sunshine, and Michael’s devotion free her of physical pain, but grief and guilt haunt her. Michael will do anything to find the old Leesie who prayed, spoke of visions, and kept the rules. For Leesie, that girl is lost forever. Rules? What’s the point now? She’s ready to break every one.
Morrison wrote CAYMAN SUMMER with fan critique and input at http://caymansummer.blogspot.com.
Isn’t that a beautiful cover?
Cayman Summer is the much-awaited finale to Leesie and Michael’s story that began with a high-school romance in Taken By Storm, travelled through Thailand and BYU in Unbroken Connection and sweeps you to Cayman on the final leg of the journey.
Whilst Taken By Storm was a personal struggle for Leesie between faith and desire, between saving the grief-stricken Michael and keeping her feet on the ground in the process, Unbroken Connection was a test of their relationship, taking the two to the opposite corners of the globe. The second book ends on a horrific tragedy for Leesie, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to them after-this.
The level-headed Leesie from Taken By Storm is lost and Cayman Summer shows her scarred, both physically and emotionally. While her faith is thoroughly shaken, Michael tries to find the Leesie he had fallen in love with in the puzzles of her grief. What makes Angela Morrison such a good writer is her ability to portray relationships with lot of tenderness and realism. Leesie and Michael’s isn’t a love-on-the-first-day story. Theirs is an attraction that evolves to love and then matures to so much more during the course of their journey. Cayman Summer is perhaps their biggest struggle, because the struggle is within. Overridden by pain Leesie is keeping the secret of her guilt from Michael and doesn’t seem to care about her Mormon rules anymore, while Michael desperately pulls away from her so he doesn’t take advantage of her while her guard is down. And oh yeah, they are Cayman now, away from the prying eyes of their family and friends, having run away from the place of the tragedy.
Angela Morrison continues with the writing style employed in the earlier two books. Michael’s PoV appears in his dive log entries, while Leesie’s is etched in poetry. The poems here often come in fragmented lines, shadowing her mental state. Chat-logs with Leesie’s online-friend-who-she-has-never-met, Kim, are longer here and show a deep development in the friendship.
Oh, and I adored the introduction of several new characters. There’s an entourage of super-hot dive instructors from various parts of the world, who you’d totally fall in love with at first read. They bring in a lightness to the atmosphere with some added drama of the fun, exciting kind. The oddball fusion works wonders for the book.
I can’t reveal much, without giving away the entire book. Morrison’s writing, as usual is something to savour. She strings together sentences that are almost like phrases, in a crisp manner that sends across just the right kind of emotion. Cayman Summer is a lovely summation of an endearing journey of two very strong individuals that ends with the right amount of flourish.
You can read my conversation with Angela, Leesie and Michael. How’s that for an incentive?
So tell me, what are you reading now?