Sailing was better than flying. You sat still and the clean water poured around you, and the sweet air washed you clean.
Bright Island by Mabel L. Robinson
I remember that in high school someone asked me what kind of books I liked and I responded, "Happy books about nice people who live in mountains." Christy, by Catherine Marshall, was one of my favorite reads at the time and I found a few other treasures about people living on the land that I really enjoyed. I have clearly broadened my horizons to now include happy books about nice people who live on islands.
Bright Island is about Thankful Curtis, a young girl that lives with her family as the sole inhabitants on an island off the coast of Maine. Thankful thrives on her island and lives for her icy plunges in the water each morning and sailing every afternoon. She loves watching the stars and living off the land.
But Thankful is sent to the mainland to go to finishing school with other children her age. She has never been in so much noise or with young people her age, to say nothing of her confusion about modern-day conveniences. She struggles and learns, makes mistakes and grows.
It was not a profound book, but I really enjoyed it. It is one I would pick up again to enjoy the sights and smells and sounds of Thankful's Bright Island.