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Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Worthwhile Read!

I found this book on a display at Barnes and Noble and was wary of getting it. But I bought it and am certainly glad that I did. I read it within a few days and quickly started searching for the other books. This book is gripping and captivates you from the beginning I ...
I found this book on a display at Barnes and Noble and was wary of getting it. But I bought it and am certainly glad that I did. I read it within a few days and quickly started searching for the other books. This book is gripping and captivates you from the beginning I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen. It shows that even the seemingly most perfect families on the outside have their own share of drama while maintaining a strong bond with one another. This was a very enjoyable book and I had trouble putting the book down!!

posted by Theresa_G on June 18, 2009

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an enjoyable part one

"A Silent Ocean Away" is an absorbing read, written by sisters Debra and Valerie Gantt (hence DeVa). The writing doesn't convey any impression of design by committee, except perhaps in the depth of detail given to peripheral characters, though, of course, I may be total...
"A Silent Ocean Away" is an absorbing read, written by sisters Debra and Valerie Gantt (hence DeVa). The writing doesn't convey any impression of design by committee, except perhaps in the depth of detail given to peripheral characters, though, of course, I may be totally mistaking who's peripheral, since the book is part one of a trilogy.

The tale is set on an exotic island in the 19th century. DeVa make their depiction of locale and time very enticing and convincing. I loved the simple touches, like a new Jane Austen novel being read, and the complex creation of a complete society, separate from but closely linked by trade to the rest of the world. I soon grew attached to the characters too, and appreciated the deft descriptions that made it easy to tell who was who as people vanished and reappeared.

The subtitle, "Colette's Dominion," left me waiting for a Colette while following the tribulations of Charmaine through the early chapters. The writers do an excellent job of throwing both character and reader into the deep end of the pool, stripping family, friends and home away, till the landing on Charmante, where Charmaine becomes governess to Colette's three children.

The ocean of the title seemed to represent Charmaine's anchorless existence at the start, and then the distance travelled to the island. But soon it came to symbolize the oceans of silence between secrets, each character revealing feelings to the reader that were never voiced to those who needed to hear them. Mysteries abound in this book, and by the end they are mostly unresolved. Indeed, that would be my biggest complaint, that the only "resolved" story-line seemed the least interesting when I suddenly found I'd turned the final page; I wish the trilogy had been published as a single volume.

The children, with their delightful foibles and wonderfully natural tricks, are growing now. The brothers, almost uncles, are at each others' throats. The father rules and vanishes with perplexing twists and turns. And the authors' insights at the back of the book lead to a chapter from Colette's Legacy that at least convinces me there really will be more.

More than just a romance, this is a complicated, absorbing tale, marred only by its incompleteness. I'd certainly recommend it, as long as you don't mind waiting in a roiling ocean as the waves turn to storm till the next book comes out.

posted by SheilaDeeth on April 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2008

    Epic

    For the reader who loves sweeping storys and lots of guessing , if you want well writen plot and likeable and 3d characers this is it.

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