My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nice little story, but painfully slow
A young woman, Mado, returns to the island of her birth following the death of her mother in Paris. She has been scraping a living as a painter, but the small, split community of the Brittany island of Le Devin seems to be calling to her. She wants to care for her depressed father, Grosjean, who continually rejects her kindness to such extent that he refuses to speak to her.
Life has never been easy at the poorer end of the island, Les Slants, to which Mado belongs. To make matters worse, the beach has completely disappeared over recent years. Quite the opposite has happened at the rich end of the island, La Houssiniere, and their improved fortunes appear to be something to do with the wealthy, but sinister, M. Brismand.
There are ancient family feuds, and mystery and secrecy abound. Against the odds, and in unlikely alliance with an outsider, Flynn, Mado set out to literally turn the tide.
There are a few twists at the end, some of them tragic, but these are little consolation for the slow pace of the story. The book is worth reading, but there are plenty that I would recommend ahead of it.