|Noelle Ricci as drawn by Michelle Farenci|
recent heartaches. Still, the rumbling waves of the Atlantic shore make Noelle feel at home, as if she’s belonged there all of her life. But it’s not just the salty breeze and the soft wet sand under her feet that draw her in. Arden, a boy vacationing a few apartments away, captures her attention and before she knows it— her heart. The two spend only a couple of days together but somehow she feels as if she’s known him for years. It isn’t just his mesmerizing eyes, which seem to gradually change color like the deep hues of the Atlantic waters, or his infectious laughter. There’s something mysteriously enchanting about him, from the strange connection they share to the way he seems to hide his age. Arden is everything she needs, yet nothing she’d ever expected. Could she trust her instincts and allow herself to feel something so strong for a guy she’s just met?
|Arden, by Michelle Farenci|
writing. Her descriptive paragraphs allow me to walk on the long stretch of sand, long lines of catamarans dotting the waters while ocean front homes stand guard over the beach. The sky becomes a swirling canvas of azure strokes while the lowering sun dispenses golden hues across the sand. I can feel what Noelle feels, the beachy aroma snaking up my nostrils and my skin sticky by its salty wetness. But while I bask in the seasonal beauty of the location, I found myself enthralled in the story. Something is lurking in the seemingly innocent relationship that develops between Noelle and Arden. He is perfect. Almost too perfect. But in that perfectness there’s also a sweet innocence, a strange allure that quickly draws her to him.
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