The Reef was the February pick for the FLICKS Book and Movie Club. Its tropical location and treasure hunting adventure were perfect reading during a cold and snowy Wisconsin winter. I was reading it last week during the snowpocalypse. When you can’t get away to a tropical destination in the winter, reading about one is the next best thing.
Tate Beaumont is an undergraduate who loves marine archeology, scuba diving, and hunting for treasure. Tate, her father Ray, and mother Marla have taken their boat to the Caribbean to search for the sunken Santa Marguerite. They soon team up with Buck and Matthew Lassiter, the two remaining members of a famed family of treasure hunters. The Lassiters are looking for Angelique’s Curse, a beautiful necklace with a tragic past. Sparks fly between Tate and Matthew. They hit the wrong note with each other, but are also attracted by each other Unfortunately the Lassiter’s nemesis; VanDyke also has his eyes on the treasure and the treasure hunters. I don’t want to say too much more and give away the plot of the entire book!
I really enjoyed this novel. As I said previously there is nothing better to read than a tropical adventure story during the midst of a Wisconsin winter. I also loved the treasure hunting – I’ve always been fascinated by treasure stories. I also enjoy that Nora Roberts always writes about strong female characters with surprising careers. They aren’t just lawyers or nurses like in so many books and TV shows. I loved that Tate is a marine archaelogist. She starts off the novel as a student, but becomes a successful career woman in her own right.
My only negative with the novel was at times it seemed like the treasure was found a little too easily. It seems like they were too incredibly lucky to find more than one pristine ship in the shallow waters of the Caribbean. It kind of annoyed me, but I was able to move on!
Overall, I loved the adventure, characters, setting, and surprise plot twists of this novel. I would rate this as one of my favorite Nora Roberts novels – but I am by no means the aficionado that my friends Jenn and Carol are!
Book Source: The Kewaunee Public Library