By Janna McMahan

Lifestyles adjustments directly. at some point, Emmett and Lauren Sullivan's largest concerns revolve round the escalating taxes on their wonderful Victorian seashore condominium on Pawley's Island, South Carolina. the following, they are dealing with a devastating main issue. Emmett and Lauren have continually been a group, operating jointly to elevate their daughters during this appealing, tranquil spot at the fringe of the Deep South. Now, with all their realization eager about nine-year-old Ainslie, they slightly realize as their older daughter, Sloan, drifts clear of them towards a reckless direction which could tear the kin aside. Deeply evocative and wonderfully rendered, "The Ocean within" explores what it capability to wish, to like, and to struggle for what concerns so much, even within the face of overwhelming odds.

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Her parents were at a charity benefit in support of a cure for some disease or another. They were always attending these events even though her father grumbled. But her mother was poised for the next illness or disaster, always extending her checkbook to those less fortunate. Sloan had come to question her mother’s commitment to these causes. Somehow, her actions appeared desperate at times rather than altruistic. Her parents looked like old money when they left, Sloan’s father in his worn tuxedo and her mother in a rose-colored dress, understated as always.

It was a Saturday, and Emmett would expect to help carry the groceries up the steps, so she called him on her mobile. She kept her sunglasses on so he wouldn’t be able to tell she had been weeping. They carried the first load up to the kitchen, where she noticed a large book open on the dining table with beautiful photographs of sailboats, powerboats, and yachts. It was a library book on how to restore wooden boats. Emmett saw her looking at the book and explained. ” She began unloading the sacks of groceries, situating items in the proper slots in the open refrigerator door.

She had held on longer than most parents do these days. But it was hard to let go. Lauren had wanted her girls, had never even blinked when Sloan came along unexpectedly. She and Emmett were married, and they moved into this house, and Emmett started his company, and life was good. Along came Ainslie, and life got even better. Lauren had never really regretted dropping out of college after her sophomore year. There hadn’t been any one thing she’d been passionately interested in. But once her girls came along, she finally knew who she was.

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The Ocean Inside by Janna McMahan
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