And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade

“I’m delighted to have discovered this smart and unusual novel, with its evocative prose, rich imagery, endearing characters, and sheer conviction of world-building.

I see that some have made a comparison to the writing style of Annie Proulx. Definitely true! And may I venture comparisons as well to Nabokov’s deadpan depiction of academic idiosyncrasies in Pale Fire, Iris Murdoch’s offbeat romances in novels such as A Severed Head, and Carson McCullers’ astringent sympathy for misfit couples in The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories.

A truly rewarding read.” Goodreads review


“From unique turn of phrase to broad concept, this is a compelling and solid joy ride that calls to mind the quirky turns and rich characters of Annie Proulx’s marvellous The Shipping News. An impressive debut that begs follow up.” Amazon reader review

 “Although And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade follows an entertaining, well laid-out plot, the real strength of Nicholls’ writing is her tapestry of succinct, evocative prose. There is not an adjective or noun out of place, or phrase better chosen. In short, it is a writers’ novel and an editor’s dream — one to read with relish and attention, with a view to respectful emulation.”  Ian Thomas Shaw, New Perspectives on Canadian Literature

“This is a novel of lovably eccentric and believably human characters who almost lose their way but come through various storms to find themselves in the end. Finely crafted, this is an engaging, uplifting and intelligent novel from beginning to end.” Mark Frutkin, author of Walking Backwards 

“Deliciously eccentric characters, delightfully surprising plot turns, a snappy sense of both humour and history, lots of lists, and a happy ending: Sandra Nicholls’ novel has it all and then some. Utopia, indeed!” Diane Schoemperlen, author of At a Loss for Words

“I’ve just finished reading Sandra Nicholls’ And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade. I think it’s terrific! Its plotting is ingeniously outrageous. So now all I need to know is where I sign up for the Hive.” Richard Todd, Music Critic

“A rollicking good read. I didn’t want to put it down. Nicholls gathers a number of endearing oddball characters and crafts a tale in which the important questions of finding and keeping love alive are explored with warmth and humour. She definitely gives a new spin to the tragic comedy and in my opinion shows flashes of comic brilliance. Her description of a portly university professor running to meet his mail-order bride for the first time is a tour de force. A great start for a first novel and I’m looking forward to reading more from this upcoming Canadian writer.” Brian Gibb, author of the blog The Disgruntled Democrat

“I found this novel from Sandra Nicholls to be intriguing at every turn. From its enigmatic title to its surprising ending, this book was a delight to read. As it gently skewers and satirizes small town and small university life, the novel weaves a tale of four lost souls who magically find love and happiness in a community of their own accidental making. An engaging and humorous read that deserves to be a finalist in this year’s competition for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.” David Martin, author of Dare to be Average

Publisher’s comments: And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade 

 “Fun to read: fresh, witty and original. The author comes up with inspired one-liners, and has a refreshingly quirky style. She has a great eye for detail which makes the story bubble up off the page, the people become living, breathing things, so real you really warm to them.” Transworld (UK)

“This novel has moments of real comic delight — the vision of Nathaniel in goggles, covered in lobster  meat, and chasing after his mail-order bride is genuinely funny, as are the more eccentric parts of Fourier’s theories. I also liked the tender, tenuous relationship between the characters at the end.” Penguin

“I felt there was a real freshness to this novel, particularly the play on the beauty and beast/princess and the toad idea, and Nathaniel is a lovely, tragic-comic character. There is also a wittiness to this novel which places it in the Bridget Jones tradition, although it also reminded me of Girls Guide to Fishing and Hunting.” Doubledaday

“The narrative energy and brisk pacing make this novel a quick and enjoyable read.” Harper Collins Canada