Sea of Secrets: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense

Sea of Secrets: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense

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by Amanda DeWees
     
 

The captivating novel of Victorian romantic suspense that won the 2012 Reward of Novel Excellence Award in mystery.

Can she save him from the darkness in his soul... or will it destroy them both? After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised…  See more details below

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The captivating novel of Victorian romantic suspense that won the 2012 Reward of Novel Excellence Award in mystery.

Can she save him from the darkness in his soul... or will it destroy them both? After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised her, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband's death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven--but the darkly handsome young duke, Herron, believes otherwise. Haunted by the death of his father, he suspects that Ellsmere is sheltering a murderer.

Even as Oriel falls in love with the duke, she begins to fear that his grief and suspicion are turning to madness. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when someone from her past comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all...

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Editorial Reviews

InDTale.com - Beth Chamberlain
"With lush and intelligent prose, DeWees has crafted a beautiful and suspenseful novel that is a pure pleasure to read! The haunting setting and well drawn characters entice one to read on and on." (five-star review)
Sweet Rocket - Ruby Jones
"Sea of Secrets has set such an impossibly high bar, I'm afraid any other new Gothics I find will never be able to meet it! ... Anyone who thinks that popular genre fiction (especially romance) is written by talentless hacks need only pick up Sea of Secrets to see how off base that idea is. DeWees has written a book that can proudly sit on a shelf beside the best literary historical fiction of any day."
Ruby Jones
Sea of Secrets has set such an impossibly high bar, I’m afraid any other new Gothics I find will never be able to meet it! … Anyone who thinks that popular genre fiction (especially romance) is written by talentless hacks need only pick up Sea of Secrets to see how off base that idea is. DeWees has written a book that can proudly sit on a shelf beside the best literary historical fiction of any day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014094405
Publisher:
Amanda DeWees
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
62,677
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Amanda DeWees received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by announcing that her dissertation topic was vampire literature. Her widely praised historical gothic romance "Sea of Secrets" won the 2012 RONE Award in the mystery category. Amanda is also the author of the Ash Grove Chronicles, a young adult "paranormal lite" romance series set in modern-day North Carolina. Besides writing, Amanda's passions include theater, classic film, Ioan Gruffudd, costume design, and the preservation of apostrophes in their natural habitat. Visit her at www.amandadewees.com to explore book extras and other delightful diversions.

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Sea of Secrets: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit I was a bit surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It's definitely a page turner. I highly suggest starting it when you have a good chunk of spare time because you will not be able to put it down once you start. "Sea of Secrets" has betrayal, love, intrigue and the paranormal. A great Gothic read from a very promising author.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I wish the main characters inteligence was made more believable by remaining consistent throughout the entire novel. Otherwise i would have given it five stars with only one other minor complaint.....the romance was confusing and abrupt at times and a bit too G rated for my taste. But those are personal preferences only and not a writing flaw or mistake. In the end, i recommend as a light and enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good Gothic romance and mystery. I'll be looking for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mystery and romance together made for a great story. very intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sea of Secrets by Amanda DeWees Rating 5***** This book was provided by the author in exchange for honest literary review. Everything about this novel is just amazing. It takes you on a trip through time were women still wore ball gowns and men knew what chivalry meant. Blending the rich details aristocrat life with betrayal, deception and murder made for a novel I couldn't get enough of. Oriel is disowned by her father after the death of her brother. While digging around in he family bible, she learns she has powerful family ?. She then sets out to befriend the dutchess and hope for a station in her home. Dutchess Gwen does so much more for her long lost niece, she takes her in and makes her family. Once she arrives at the Duke's beautiful estate, she learns that nothing is as it may seem. While their is every luxury known to man, the walls hold secrets....some of those that can cost lives. Oriel starts a journey of blossoming into womanhood. Never has she been free to live and experience life and suitors. Maybe even find a husband! From the start there is strange happenings and a sense of foreboding. The author does such an awesome job of developing this plot. From the first pager it just draws the reader in. Each page is Better than the on before it! The characters are real and have depth. Some of them I loved, some I seriously couldn't stand. That is a mark of a good author though. I am not usually a romance fan unless it Jas a paranormal factor, but The hint of a ghost story was just am added bonus to this story. Overall it is a recommended read for ages 16+ . This is one of those books you keep on the frequently read shelf, and reread it from time to time. Go get your copy today!!!!! Michelle McQueen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago