Connor Lacaux is a young man at a crossroads in his life. The son and grandson of artists, temperamental women who have issues with each other, and with a father who seems to have no emotional center, he’s about to graduate from high school, and he’s not at all sure what to do with his life. Then, his mother, on a European cruise, informs him and his father that she will not be returning home. Connor seeks out the tour guide, an enigmatic art professor, Peter Greeley, to locate her. In Greeley’s life class, he locks gazes with the model, Reven, and his life is forever changed.
Sea Change by K. D. Lovgren is a novel that dives deep into the minds of the characters. The author uses a blend of third person point of view to show the readers what is happening with Connor, his family, and Professor Greeley, while inserting at strategic points Reven’s first person point of view as she struggles to find herself and where she belongs.
This is actually two stories in one, and even though Reven’s contributions are brief when compared to the rest of the book, she quickly becomes the central character. The others serve as backdrops and foils to her desperate search for identify. Even the environment, from an ivy-covered campus in Rhode Island, to the idyllic beaches of Malta, to the somewhat forbidding environ of Connor’s grandmother’s villa on the French island of St.-Gervaix, are quickly seen through Reven’s eyes.
A deeply profound story about human emotions, Sea Change is a hard book to put down. Some passages have to be re-read, not because of any problems, but because they so deftly sketch the human condition in words as vivid as the paintings described in the story. There were a few formatting issues, no doubt caused by the conversion of a print manuscript to e-Book format, but nothing that really detracts from a great story.
I give Lovgren four stars for Sea Change, and recommend it without hesitation.