I, too, love beach books! There's no place I'd rather be (in person) than a Carolina beach; so reading about them helps me to imagine I'm there…
Side Note: My husband and I spent the 1st 2 days of our honeymoon on Sunset Beach… on our way to the Outerbanks… from Folly Beach in Charleston where we got married. So… Sunset Beach is one of my special places; and I am thrilled that we get to spend time there (in my mind ; ) all month as we read The Guest Book!
1. Yes… that would be the beach. When I'm on the beach, time stands still. All I can hear is the roar of the ocean. All I can taste is the salty air. All I can touch is the exfoliating sand (does wonders for the feet!)… and all I can see is a vast treasure chest of life that brings tiny, recycled surprises to my feet.
Like Teresa, it usually helps me if I'm alone; and I believe tears are incredibly healing. It's a release. It helps me to let go. It saddens me when people are afraid to cry because tears are so healing… but I digress…
I agree with Teresa in regards to people seeking places of comfort in order to heal. It makes me wonder what it is about people's particular places that offers healing. For example: At the beach, my soul connects with the ocean. My spirit connects with the constant breeze. My body connects with the warm sand… and that heavenly combination evokes the healing process. I can be tied up in knows (for whatever reason)… but when my toes sink into the sand, my face feels the breeze, and my mind is filled with nothing but the ocean's roar… I am at peace. Everything unravels, and I just come apart (in a good way). Nothing like it.
I'm not sure why being at the beach does this for me (might be something fun to explore); but I do know it's an unmistakable feeling… one that I yearn for… one that calls me from the upstate down to the coast more times than I am able to answer.
Reading beach books helps me to answer in a different way!
2. I think Macy makes so many excuses for Max and Chase because she wants to hold onto them–because she cannot hold onto her father, physically. It's almost her way of making sure she can keep that male figure in her life. She's probably afraid about future possibilities of a positive male figrure because her dad was the ideal and she lost him. Even though she and Max have a great relationship, it's maybe not the most healthy one (she keeps baling him out and saving him). The relationship with Chase would require great healing for her to move forward.
Additionally, she probably feels as if she has some sense of control because she is able to keep Max and Chase in her life–out of control that she couldn't hold onto her father. And who wants to feel out of control? So, she controls what she can and chooses to ignore what she can't. I smell healing mingled with the salty air… and I just hope Macy catches that breeze.
* Can I just say that my mind is swirling with possibilities over the artist's identity!?!? Anybody?
I just want to tear through this lil' gem and not stop. The suspense is killing me! I had to stop myself from reading past Ch. 9 last night because I'm afraid if I get too far ahead I won't be able to stay true to the questions without blurting too much out! lol
Okay… my new focus: savoring the story, wanting to spend the whole month at Sunset, not just a couple of days or an afternoon (I think I could finish this book today!) Patience…..