While we were away enjoying the balmy weather in Mexico, before arriving back home to snow, I enjoyed two amazing books by the ocean. The Break by Katherena Vermette was a haunting and difficult story set in Winnipeg (where I was born) which ended up so extremely hopeful. It is a story that revolves around a tragic incident involving a young girl and is told from many different perspectives and though it is difficult, it is told with compassion. I picked up The Disappeared by Kim Echlin at a fabulous second hand book store in Bucerias because it was a previous Giller finalist (those are always good) and absolutely loved the writing. The story begins in Montreal but takes place in Cambodia after the genocide and is a story of heartbreak but ultimately a story of love. Both are beautifully written novels.