Water dancer is a lovely tale of a young girl named Bailey. She is put to many trials that most girls her age never even imagine. She might even become a mermaid! Through the help of her new surfer beau, Jack, long-lost-sea-creature father, Kai, and guardian a la tiny turtle, Kumu, Bailey is able to learn what is most important in her life. It is her selfless actions that unlock her true spirit and lead her to the life she was meant to lead.
This piece of YA paranormal fiction was well worth the read. It was well-paced, entertaining, emotionally evoking, and plain fun. Samantha Combs is an obvious talent who knows what works in this realm. There was only one lose end to tie up, Kai and Sharona's reunion, but perhaps that will warrant a follow up to this story,
Bailey and her mom have always met life’s challenges as a team of two, more like best friends than mother and daughter. But her mom’s recent marriage has changed all of that, and having her little brother Landry is the only good Bailey can find in that union. The move to wealthy Del Mar from their humble beginnings has turned Bailey sour, until a chance meeting with surf hottie Jack West. Then Bailey's father, with his annoying Zen-surfer lingo and a talking turtle he claims is no less than her spirit guardian, reenters her life and threatens the only relationship Bailey thinks is working in her world. She soon finds out that’s not all his arrival will do. His presence and their shared family trait could ultimately force Bailey to make a decision that will alter the course of her own life and those she loves…forever.