Series: Tradewinds #4
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date March 1, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Christian Fiction
Setting: Hawaii Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
What if the biggest decision of your life wasn’t yours to make?
With the New Year upon her, Olive Galloway is determined to put the past behind her and uncover the new future waiting for her in her island home. However, her best friend Jazz seems dangerously close to giving up on her alcoholic mom—as well as her own dreams. Together with an unlikely ally, Olive helps Jazz regain her confidence and enter a high-stakes race, but there’s still trouble on the horizon. Their friend Brander is due to come home from a whirlwind music tour on the mainland, but he’s holding tight to a secret that could change their friendship forever.
Offered the chance to fulfill all of her wildest dreams with a single word, Olive realizes that she could be headed back to the mainland sooner than she’d imagined. Caught up in a whirl of possibility, Olive struggles to decide between returning home to fulfill her childhood wish or building a new life in Hawaii. The choice could change her life forever.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
The Tradewinds series is, sadly, now complete. I enjoyed Olive’s spiritual journey as she went from being a hurting daughter, grieving over the death of her mother, struggling with the age-old question of how a loving God can allow suffering in the world to a young woman, ready to conquer it!
Barefoot Memories brings Olive face to face with her fears and helps her to learn what it means to put others before herself. And as she begins to get her eyes off herself, she is confronted with a decision that will change the rest of her life. She also has to learn how to discern God’s will. While the first half of the story felt like Olive was overly centered on just herself, this was addressed well.
I loved the conclusion to this story. While it merely hinted at what will be coming next for Olive, it was satisfying and brought closure to all the areas that needed it.
One quibble I had, though, is related to a “realization” that Olive had that her mother would always be watching over her. This made me cringe in a big way because it is not a concept taught in scripture. Can you imagine how painful it would be when this life is over if you “got” to watch your loved ones going through their various trials here on earth? Yuck!
Aside from that small point, I can recommend this story for all who enjoy young adult fiction.