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Melora St. James is working in Duluth, Minn., to restore an endangered shorebird to the coast of Lake Superior. Her peace and her focus on the piping plover are interrupted when Drew Tamsen, the boyfriend she thought she lost to another woman and another way of life eleven years ago, shows up on her office doorstep. He wants her back.
They have a few things to work out first: Drew chose life as a werewolf over being with Melora, and after a painful divorce, Melora is in no hurry to trust or give her heart to another man -- even if he’s one she never quite got over.
Their story is interwoven with that of the plovers, who are threatened by foxes, loggers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there’s Demetri, a mysterious boy Melora and Drew find lost on the beach. In helping Demetri discover who he is and make his first real friends, Melora and Drew learn secrets about themselves, building community, and coming to terms with the past.
Plover Landing is a story of the passion, frustration, and the importance of local activism. Collective action starts with emotional commitment by individuals. That’s the basis for effective advocacy and in this case, the basis for a compelling story. – Duluth Mayor Don Ness
This story captures the struggle for survival of the critically endangered piping plover on the shores of Lake Superior with a thread of romance and unique perspectives. Zhuikov creates a captivating blend of true environmental concerns and mystical connections, swooping in and out of the characters’ own human bounds into the ethereal. The outcome can change at any given time and gives you a glimmer of hope and vision for the future! – Kris Eilers, Piping Plover Project Coordinator, St. Louis River Alliance, Duluth, Minn.
Plover Landing is the perfect beach read. You might find yourself looking around to see if Melora and Drew are walking the shore holding hands, or if a little boy named Demetri is doing his "climate changeling" thing. Better yet, you can look at those sweet, comical and fragile piping plovers leaving their tiny footprints in the sand and appreciate the efforts to keep them around. - Maureen Maloney, Duluth Budgeteer News