It is— except one of them doesn’t make it …
Lacey Marone had two solid things on her agenda for her future — working in the Pepperoni Palace until she figured out what the hell to do with her life, and getting together with her bestie’s older brother, Quade, who she’s crushed on since she was a kid.
Then graduation night changed everything. Almost three years later, Lacey won’t rest until she discovers the truth surrounding Faith’s death. She’s outcast by those who want to move on from the tragedy, as if the town’s sweetheart never existed.
Years after losing Faith, Quade Kelly returns home to Runaway Beach, determined to mend ties with his parents and cement a future in his hometown teaching at the local primary school. Quade soon learns that his sister’s ghost lives on, thanks to Lacey, the girl who still owns a piece of his heart.
Lacey is hung up on her quest for answers. Quade wants to bury his failures of the past. The pull between them can’t be denied but can the past be forgotten?
Truths will be uncovered and hearts will be cracked open wide. After all, graduation was never meant to end like this.
Mack, Faith and Lacey, joined at the hip since they were kids, are about to graduate high school. You might think this sounds like a book about coming-of-age and taking that leap into adulthood.
It is—except one of them doesn’t make it …
Lauren K. McKellar is the author of contemporary reads that make you feel. With a passion for all books Young and New Adult, she is currently the author of five self-published books, all of which have held top 50 charting places digitally within Australia. Lauren loves to write about real-life issues, and is a passionate researcher when it comes to her work. She’s a big believer in creating works that make people feel.
Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.
Review of the Surfers Way Series by Jennifer Ryder & Lauren K. McKellar
The Surfers Way Series is a two book companion series by Australian authors Jennifer Ryder and Lauren K. McKellar. The series it self is composed of two books: Losing Faith by Jennifer Ryder and Seeking Faith by Lauren K. McKellar. Both books are full length contemporary romances set in hustle and bustle of Sydney and sleepy coastal towns of the central Coast and Newcastle Australia. I know how cliche it is going to sound, but you really need to take my word for it when I say that you need to read these books yourselves to truly understand and experience their pure magic and heart each of the stories holds.
As a whole the Surfers Way Series is an original soul searching, heart breaking story of a group of friends whose lives are struck by disaster and turned upside down forever more. The two books in the series will have you smiling at the sweet romance, laughing along with the larger-than-life characters with big personalities and balling your eyes out alongside them, wishing you could hold the fictional characters in your arms and soothe their hurts. More importantly however, both books will see you slow waltz into the most perfect of romances without you really noticing at first just how rare and magical the moments you are witnessing are.
When I received my ARCS (Advanced Readers Copies) of both Losing Faith and Seeking Faith at the same time, I was confused as to which one I should read first. After scouring the internet and goodreads and finding nothing, I decided Jennifer Ryder’s name was mentioned first in everything I’d seen and thus her book would be read first. Although I still stand by that decision, I think you could read either of the two books first and still experience the genuine nature of each respective story and the world they speak of. However, if you wanted to read them in a more natural way, I believe Losing Faith is probably your best bet to start, as the very beginning of this book goes in to great detail of the event that shatters these characters.
Having read both Ryder and Mckellar’s books before, I though I knew what to expect going into this series … and I couldn’t have been more wrong. I don’t know how they did it, but both Ryder and McKellar have managed to not only up the bar on their previously published books, but totally wipe the floor with them too. And that’s saying something because I love their own individual series so much, that I really didn’t expect to like this series as much! But I loved every single word on every single page… so much so that I read BOTH books in a day and half and still could of easily kept going.
I loved the warmth and the humour in Losing Faith. And when the book opens at the party as the three girls celebrate the end of year 12 (and school), I was scared for them! I literally was reading it with the knowledge that one of them wouldn’t make it in my back of my mind and I was screaming with frustration, daring them all to make it through unharmed and okay. I loved the glimpses of the strength and friendship that Faith, Lacey and Mack shared. I loved their interactions and the way they saw life. It was refreshing and genuine and so easy to read. And then all hell breaks loose and one of them is gone and… oh the feels!
I fell in love with Lace and Q so quickly in Losing Faith, that I was kind of afraid to start Seeking Faith on the sole basis that I didn’t think it could measure up. I was already wary of Mack so McKellar had her work cut out for her before I even opened the book! But you know what? I read it and I loved it. Once again I fell head over heels through the pages and into the hearts of Mack and Bryon’s epic story. As it stands now, I don’t think either of the books outdoes the other one, but rather they compliment each other nicely, sitting side by side and offering up their side of the sorry tale and events of that night that forever changed their lives for better or worse. In a way I guess the books are a nod to the old adage, that no one experiences the same events quite the same way, nor knows and acknowledges the same truths or experiences. Just like no one reads the same book the same way, these characters lives might have been extremely intertwined, and the stories based on the same starting event, but they are incredibly different and is astounding the way the stories were not only told, but the way it was all pulled together.
I should note here, that although the two books are part of the one series, neither is a sequel nor the first book in the series, but rather they are companion novels that co-exist peacefully side by side. Interestingly too, although each story is heavy with guilt over that devastating night and the secrets each character holds close to their chests, the writing and the narratives themselves never feel bogged down in angst or drowning in over the top emotion. The fact that both Ryder and McKellar were able to pull back the overwhelming nature of the story, and write two very similar and yet extremely different stories just goes to go show how talented and creatively inspiring these two authors are.
There’s so much I want to talk about in both of these books, but I fear A) this post will be way to long if I do, and B) that I risk revealing too many spoilers by doing so. I do wish to emphasise here the point from above though, that this series is one I believe everyone NEEDS to read at least once in their lifetime. For the issues in the books and the emotions felt are those we ALL deal with multiple times throughout out lives, and one we need to experience and to understand in order to move on and fully understand and live our lives. That sounds preachy I know, but seriously read the books and you’ll understand exactly where I’m coming from.
The Surfers Way series is so important and genuine that you need to read it to experience it’s emotion: the hurt and despair that leaches from every page (without feeling angsty or overwhelming) and the hope and the love that is crafted into her every sentence. Both Losing Faith and Seeking Faith are beautiful books both in terms of story and the way they were crafted proving just how talented (yet again!) that these two inspiring and amazing Australian authors are and I can not recommend this series more highly enough.
In many regards, I’m jealous of those who haven’t read the series yet and can dive head first into the books fresh and with eyes wide open. I’d love to experience the whole thing again.