Castles in the Sand

About the book: Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

My Review: Madison's life is fairly predictable, school, work at the local library, home to her single mom who keeps to herself, and keeping her best friend, Kailie, from driving home from beach parties drunk. But her life takes on a life of it's own as she gets a bit of attention from Jean-Pierre, the boy in school that all the girls like. But how can he like Madison, she feels as though she's so ordinary? Then there is the missionary, John Britton, who claims and actually appears to be Madison's long lost brother, and the crazy boy in town, Alex, who isn't quite what he appears to be. Will Madison be able to navigate her crazy world and actually discover who she is?

This book was a bit mixed for me, I really liked Madison and I liked the lessons that she was able to learn through some hard experiences. I really liked John and the way he showed his concern for his estranged little sister. I felt like some of the things that happen in this book should be geared more towards older teens and adults, rather than just being classified as young adult. I did like the plot for the most part, and the writing in this book is great. 

I won an e-copy of this book in a contest.

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