The Shark Club

Publisher: Viking
“A quintessential summer read.” Marie Claire
 
A warm and wonderfully vivid novel about taking second chances—in life and in the sea
 
One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.
 
Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.
 
While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she re-kindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation?   
 
Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.

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Copyright © 2017 Ann Kidd Taylor

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Tucking away a long strand of hair that floated in front of my scuba mask, I kicked through the blue-green waters of Bimini on the last day of my research term, keeping watch for Sylvia, a...

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Named a PopSugar summer read
Bustle, “10 New Books To Pack On Your Vacation This Summer” 
Named a Southern Living summer read
Refinery29, “Favorite Books of 2017” 

Coastal Living, “50 Best Books for the Beach This Summer”
Marie Claire, “8 New Page-Turners to Pack in Your Beach Bag This Summer”
PureWow, “The Best Beach Reads of Summer”

“This one’s a quintessential summer read: It's based in the Gulf of Mexico so even if you're only sunning at your local beach, you can still daydream of palm trees and pristine waters.” —Marie Claire

“A spellbinding meditation on one woman's unresolved past . . . Consider it required summer reading for anyone still tangled in the tricky project of growing-up.” —Refinery29 

“A delicious summer read.” —Redbook

“The beautiful descriptions of life under the sea will make you want to take a scuba diving class ASAP.” —Fodor’s Travel

“Captivating . . . An engaging novel about the loves that define our lives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With humor and surprises, The Shark Club moves along briskly as Maeve struggles
to forgive, let go of past love, and navigate happiness on her own terms.” —Booklist

“A real beach read . . . [Taylor] brings a wealth of sharply observed detail to this novel, from the right way to make key lime pie to the joys of dealing with tourists.”Tampa Bay Times

“A highly-readable mix of marine science and romance, set on the picturesque beaches of South Florida.” Birmingham Magazine
 
“A great summer read whether you’re on the beach or just wish you were.” Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Shark Club is a captivating story of love and loss, and a beautiful ode to the ocean and those whose hearts are drawn to it. Ann Kidd Taylor—and her novel’s heroine, Maeve—understand the many sublime mysteries of sharks, and how deeply their fate is connected to our own.” —Susan Casey, author of The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks