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'Shark Club' Is A Promising Debut Novel

The Florida Times-Union ( has posted a review of The Shark Club.

By C. F. Foster

For the Times-Union

When they were 6, twins Maeve and Robin Donnelly lost their parents in a plane crash and moved in with their grandmother, who owned the Hotel of the Muses, a quaint, literary-themed hotel on a small Florida Gulf Coast island.

At 12, Maeve was bitten by a shark. After 33 stitches, she was left with a 13-inch scar and an obsession.

Now 30, Dr. Maeve Donnelly, the “shark whisperer,” travels the world studying the feared predators as a marine biologist.

“The Shark Club,” Marco Island author Ann Kidd Taylor’s debut novel, will fool you. Wrapped in the trappings of a marine thriller, it’s a classic love story full of betrayal, broken hearts and flawed characters with a bit of adventure thrown in.

You’ll find yourself falling in love with the well-drawn supporting cast, especially Perri the book lover and Hazel the shark teeth collector, as well as searching the travel guides for Perri’s extraordinary hotel.

Taylor, the daughter of best-selling southern author Sue Monk Kidd (“The Secret Life of Bees”), has created the quintessential “beach read,” one to lay back with on a sandy shore and lose yourself, and, of course, shed a tear or two.

C.F. Foster lives in Riverside.

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