Friday, March 19, 2021

Release Day! Into the Blue by Kay Bratt ~ My Thoughts #IntoTheBlue

Congrats Kay
on the release today of
Into the Blue!

Into the Blue by Kay Bratt
(By the Sea #3)
Family life fiction, 261 pages
Published March 19, 2021 by Red Thread Publishing Group 

Into the Blue, the third book in Kay Bratt's By the Sea series takes you on an emotional journey filled with hope for a happily ever after.

Jules Monroe is a woman whose hard work and dedication has built a rewarding life for herself and her family. Now in her late fifties, she gives selflessly to her husband, kids, community, and their charter business. But everything comes to an abrupt halt when her body says enough, and her mind yearns for respite and a place to hide from past hurts.

Oldest son, Jonah Monroe, is a veteran haunted by a childhood tragedy. His past includes things he isn't proud of and can't quite shake. When his chance to be a hero finally arrives, it comes with strings attached. Will he accept the kindness of strangers to help bring his family back together, or will his demons continue to be his downfall?

Maui isn't always the safe paradise it's made out to be and when ancient island superstitions threaten to rob the Monroe family yet again, they must all find a way to deter the impending disaster.

My thoughts about Into the Blue ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"It was a gorgeous day on Maui, and just perfect for grabbing a chair and parking it next to the water."

I loved the previous two books in this wonderful series. Kay Bratt raised the bar with book 3, Into the Blue. This book was amazing!

Once again, this story is focused on a different set of characters so I felt like I got to know some more of my friends even better than before. There's a lot going on this time on the beautiful island of Maui, and not all of it good. As Julie's body betrays her, Jonah works hard to redeem himself when the family needs him the most. 

As they all race to beat time, my heart was also racing, hoping everything would work out for everyone. So intense... and maybe just a little bit magical. Family connections can be so strong, if we just pay attention to the messages. 

I absolutely loved Into the Blue, as well as the previous two books in the series. Full of beauty, compassion, excitement, love, and family bonds, this book will make you fall in love with the characters and the alluring setting. Take a trip to Maui, courtesy of Kay Bratt. You will not be disappointed. 

I received a copy of Into the Blue from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Read my thoughts by clicking on the covers.

About the author

Kay Bratt

Kay Bratt; Writer, Rescuer, Wanderer

As a writer, Kay used writing to help her navigate a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay emerged a survivor and a pursuer of peace--and finally found the courage to share her stories. She is the author of more than a dozen full length books, with ten of those published by Lake Union Publishing. Kay writes women's fiction and historical fiction, and her books have fueled many exciting book club discussions. Her works have been translated into German, Korean, Chinese, Czechoslovakian, and Estonian.

As a rescuer, Kay currently focuses her efforts on animal rescue and is the Director of Advocacy for Yorkie Rescue of the Carolinas. As a child advocate, she spent a number of years volunteering in a Chinese orphanage, as well as provided assistance for several nonprofit organizations that support children in China, including An Orphan's Wish (AOW), Pearl River Outreach, and Love Without Boundaries. In the USA, she actively served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Georgia, and spear-headed numerous outreach programs for underprivileged children in the South Carolina area.

As a wanderer, Kay has lived in nearly three dozen different homes, on two continents and in states from coast to coast in the USA. She's traveled to Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Philippines, Central America, Bahamas, and Australia. Currently she and her soulmate of more than 25 years enjoy life in their forever home on the banks of Lake Hartwell in Georgia, USA.

Kay has been described as southern, spicy, and a little sassy. Social media forces her to overshare and you don't want to miss some of the antics that goes on with her and the Bratt Pack. ~ Goodreads

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