'When Lucy wins a place at university, she thinks London will unlock her future. It is a city alive with pop up bars, cool girls and neon lights illuminating the Thames at night. At least this is what Lucy expects, having grown up seemingly a world away in working-class Sunderland, amid legendary family stories of Irish immigrants and boarding houses, now defunct ice rinks and an engagement ring at a fish market.

Yet Lucy's transition to a new life is more overwhelming than she ever expected. As she works long shifts to make ends meet and navigates chaotic parties from East London warehouses to South Kensington mansions, she still feels like an outsider among her fellow students. When things come to a head at her graduation, Lucy takes off for Ireland, seeking solace in her late grandfather's cottage and the wild landscape that surrounds it, wondering if she can piece together who she really is.'

I really wanted to love this book.

The premise of this book sounded amazing, yet the story just didn't work for me.

The writing in this book was absolutely beautiful. It had a stunning lyrical quality to it that was both captivating and haunting. I loved the way the writing just engulfed me and wrapped me up in its emotional pull.

My issue with this book comes from the layout of this story. It was difficult to allow the beautiful writing to carry me through the story as I jumped around to much. I would start to get into the story and the feel of this book and I would be thrown into another time and place. I found this very jarring and it made it difficult for me to get into this book.

Given how amazing the writing was, I will definitely be reading more of Jessica Andrews works; unfortunately this one just wasn't for me.

Saltwater by Jessica Andrews is out now.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker