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Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.

On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love―for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. A Drop in the OceanBut Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love.

After 24 years as a university professor and a clinician and researcher in the area of clinical neuropsychology (and in 2015 being honored with the Distinguished Career Award by the International Neuropsychological Society), Jenni Ogden changed careers, and now writes full-time from my off-grid home on a remote and beautiful island off the coast of northern New Zealand. Her first novel, A Drop In The Ocean–-a novel about love, sea turtles, and an unthinkable choice—was published by She Writes Press in May, 2016. It has been praised by New York Times bestselling novelists, Ann Hood and Jacquelyn Mitchard, and other best-selling authors including Barbara Claypole White and Robin Black. It won the GOLD medal in the 2016 US Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction—Australia and NZ (it is set primarily on a tiny island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef).

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