by Louise Jane Watson
Publisher: Louise Jane Watson
Release Date: September 20, 2022
Reviewed by PJ
Forced to fend for themselves, Sunny and Kit were stripped down to the bare essentials (not unlike my favorite reality TV show, Survivor), putting them on an equal playing field. Well, not at first. It's clearly evident that Sunny is much better equipped for their new circumstances. But over time, as they each evolve, master new skills, and reflect more deeply upon their own lives, the dynamic begins to shift as do the initial perceptions each had about the other when they first met. I loved the gradual deepening of their feelings for one another as well as the evening of their island partnership. It's handled so realistically, and believably, with plenty of humor, emotional care, and a few surprises along the way.
And then there's Pinky, the ship's cat cast into the ocean along with Sunny and Kit. Scrappy, aloof, and hiding a few secrets of her own, she's on a journey that intersects with Sunny's and Kit's in some very interesting ways. If I'm ever stranded on a deserted island, I definitely want a Pinky of my own to help me along the way.
Marooned is Watson's debut novel and launches her Lost and Found series. I have no idea where she plans to take readers next but I am ready and eager to follow along. This one has my enthusiastic recommendation.