After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realise that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.
Bliss's writing draws the reader in from the title. Ella has been through a very difficult time and to recover she returns home to the west coast, away from her Ivy League teaching position, to have some space and also, as per her therapists instructions, deal with some of the causes of the trauma.
Set in the beautiful surroundings of a lakeside cabin in late Summer, instantly calming, we delve into Ella's situation as she finds herself plunging into new territories: opening her mind to new experiences and mindfully not repeating mistakes of the past, uncovering clarity beneath the surfaces.
Ella's friendship slowing developing with the likeable Kay is compelling and well paced. The slow revelations of Ella's trauma are sensitively handled and not over dramatised, as Ella eventually comes to terms with her own actions and the reasons why she took them.
At the Water's Edge is as refreshing as the naked swims Kay and Ella share, languidly gripping and beckoning the happy ending both deserve.