"This eloquent and special book about a beachcomber’s search for a sea bean is a profoundly moving insight into the author and our natural world."
What a beautifully loving and hopeful book this is. It’s a very personal story, it is also an ode to our natural world and blasts a warning of the environmental change being experienced in everyday life. Author Sally Huband and her family move to the islands of Shetland, there she struggles after pregnancy with a chronic illness, and begins to form a beautiful bond with the natural world she discovers around her. Her search for a sea bean, an almost magical charm, widens her awareness of herself and her surroundings. She is open and honest and articulate, I also felt connected to her vulnerability and strength which come into play in the most challenging of times. Focusing on change, both personally and within the environment, this a story of despair and love and hope. There is a stark reality to be found here within the natural world, she clearly talks of the impact of plastic in our oceans, the loss of species, weather transformations, and more, ensuring that thoughts aren’t easily turned away from catastrophic changes our world is experiencing. Living in the islands, being a part of the community, communicating with like-minded people, experiencing the love of family, and being able to step into nature, all of these things bring her closer to understanding her body, mind, and ability to accept or attempt to make changes. Chosen as a LoveReading Star Book, Sea Bean is an incredibly intimate yet also immensely thought-provoking and powerful introduction to Sally’s inner world, the islands of Shetland and beyond.
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