Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club reminded me of Love Walked In. Maeve is a marine biologist who became obsessed with sharks when she was bit by one at age 12. Her life didn’t turn out as she planned because her lifelong love cheated on her a few months before their wedding. While in between research jobs, she goes back home to stay with her grandmother and twin brother, but neither of them decided to tell her that Daniel is back as well. Maeve is captivated by his 6 year-old daughter, and she decides to give it another go.

This book is rich with plot, so naturally I loved it. I was intrigued right away by the shark aspects, especially because it mentioned a famous shark expert that I had just learned about from a children’s book I read for Mom’s Radius. Funny how I just talked about finding connections between books, and then this one popped up.

The twin aspect of this book also drew me to it, and I was not disappointed by the drama there. Robin and Maeve are very different, but like any siblings they can push each other’s buttons. I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t say any more, but a lot happens between them to influence the plot.

I loved that Maeve and Robin grew up in their grandmother’s hotel in Florida. And the hotel is amazing! Each room has an author as it’s theme. And their grandmother hosts many literary events, including a literary costume party. So fun!

There are two love interests in this book – Daniel, the man from Maeve’s past, and Nicholas, her married, British colleague. I liked them both, and in ways they were both great for Maeve. I was kind of indifferent to who she ended up with, which was rather unexpected. Usually I’m all about the romance, but for me, the family drama and Maeve’s relationship with Daniel’s daughter trumped the romance in this book.

Added bonus, which I didn’t learn until I read the author’s note, Ann Kidd Taylor is Sue Monk Kidd’s daughter. She’s following well in her mother’s footsteps. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Rating: 4 Stars

The Shark Club
Ann Kidd Taylor
Fiction
Penguin
June 6, 2017
Hardcover
288

One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.

Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she rekindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation?

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.

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