Just got done with another great book. I love reading. It’s the ultimate relaxation for me, and when I read a story that connects and makes me smile for some reason (it’s funny, breathtakingly romantic, interesting setting, vivid characters, or tragic in a way that I can’t stop thinking about), then I want to tell everyone about it.
Now, I understand, both as a reader and a writer, that everyone has VERY unique tastes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve highly recommended a book to someone and then read their so-so review on Goodreads and been a bit disheartened. But I understand…because others have loved books that I couldn’t get into and thought were blah. We are all so different…and that’s okay and good. There are LOTS of books out there to read. On the off chance you happen to like books I do, here’s a shout out to The Heart of the Ocean by Heather B. Moore.
This is the first book I’ve read by her. I received a free copy to review, but don’t worry…no chocolate was given to me to bias my opinion. The following is very much my own un-chocolate tainted thoughts.
In this 1840’s mystery/paranormal/romance, Eliza Robinson flees the gossip of high society New York to go live with her Aunt Maeve in the Puritan town of Maybrook. During a storm, a ghostly voice, which only she can hear, urges her to jump off the cliff into the ocean. She rushes home to the safety of her aunt, but trouble follows her. During the night, she hears a noise, discovers her aunt is dead, and rushes into the night for help; she runs into a strange man near her house and faints. When she and the man who found her, Jonathan Porter, both end up in jail on suspicion of her aunt’s murder, Eliza’s peaceful world she’s created in Maybrook crashes to pieces.
Thus begins Eliza’s intense and startling journey to discover the truth about her aunt’s death and the ghostly voice that haunts her. She discovers a journal belonging to a woman—Helena Talbott—who died 20 years before, who is said to have died of a broken heart and left behind a 3 year old son, who is now the same Jonathan Porter who saved and helped get her out of jail. Can she trust him?
This book pulled me in from the start with that ghostly voice on the cliff and haunted me until I could finish and solve the mystery of Helena Talbott’s death. The historical background was well done—giving me glimpses into life in America and England during the 1800’s without weighing the story down with too much detail. The main and side characters were rich and easy to connect to in this story. Their insecurities, pasts, weaknesses, strengths were all brought to life within the pages and had me engrossed in their lives. The romance is clean, yet makes you hold your breath, wondering if the obstacles barring love can ever be overcome. I was hooked and carried away into another time and place by this great novel by Heather Moore.
The paranormal part isn’t too weird or ‘out there’; it’s actually quite believable. Anyway, I know some of my readers will love-hate me for adding yet another book to their To-Read list. But you can get your revenge by adding to mine. Feel free to leave a comment with any great 5-star books you’ve read. This book was great and I’m glad it’s now a part of my memories. Have a great weekend!
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