Beach readingI always love this time of year.

The spring sunshine blesses us, and it’s time to start heading out to the beach once again with a  good novel tucked in the beach bag.

Earlier this week my younger son had a track meet in Ostia, the small city west of Rome and on the sea. After doing a great job on both his 60 meter and 800 meter races, we decided to celebrate with a short visit to the nearby beach on what was a perfect spring day.

We were rewarded with fresh sea air and lovely breezes, although he wasn’t quite brave enough to dive under the waves just yet. But with Rome heating up as quickly as it is, it’s only a matter of time…

Although we didn’t stay long, I couldn’t help but crack out my first beach read of the year, appropriately entitled We Were The Salt of The Sea, by Canadian novelist Roxanne Bouchard. I’m enjoying this criminal investigation set in a sleepy Quebec fishing village filled with quirky characters and an ocean that claims victims from almost every family in the village.

I’ll write a review when I’ve completed the novel, but for now I’m enjoying the story as it unfolds. And enjoying it even more as I smell the sea air and hear the waves crashing (well, it’s the Mediterranean, so ‘rolling’ is a more accurate description) to shore.

A very happy beach reading season 2018 to all!