Pelican Bay is the first novel I've read by Christiansen, so I was not prepared for, and therefore blown away by, his seriously gifted writing style. His descriptions are more than just vivid; they are romantic and almost lyrical. Not only can you picture it perfectly, but you can feel the loss when the sun goes down over the bay or when Morgan still refuses to give Ethan hope of returned affection. There were a lot of elements to this story that I enjoyed. Captain Shelby's love for his descendants/protectors, Morgan and Ethan's relationship, the suspense of discovering what Captain Shelby really is or isn't, and the coming of age feel as Ethan finally decides how to go after Morgan and how he ultimately views his relationship with Captain Shelby. Pacing, plotting, characters - all are amazingly well done. Five stars!