Right from the get go, Isobel is familiar, yet different. Tragedy has rocked her life and she is still very much treading water - functioning on a physical level but still emotionally at sea. With her children grown and gone Isobel is struggling to re-discover herself and her place in the world and is questioning if her adopted home of Australia is where she really wants to be.
As with the first two books of the series, Surfacing delivers well developed characters and a plausible storyline that most of us would be able to relate to. There is plenty of drama and many scenes that will have you reaching for the tissues. But on the flip side there is also a realistic exploration of several issues, such as depression, and a lovely sense of healing and hope.
Surfacing rounds out the Distance trilogy nicely with satisfying wrap ups for each of the characters and no loose ends to leave the reader hanging. I look forward to reading more of Nene's books in the future.