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Posted November 10, 2006
I first received this book not knowing what to expect. The cover led me to believe it was a cheesy romance novel, yet the back of the cover enticed me. From the moment I dipped into the pages I knew it was not going to be just any other book, and that continued throughout it. While as an author, she may have a ways to go, I think for a first book it was a fabulous read, with twists and turns, reminding me of fantasy books I read as a teenager. Creative and different, I look forward to more by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2005
Cecilia 'Cecil' Hargrave inherits a beachfront house and a small business on glorious Seal Island in Maine. Since Cecil has just been laid off from work and lost her apartment, she decides to spend the summer on Seal Island to relax a bit and figure out what she will do with her life. Cecil makes new friends and slips into the local town life almost seamlessly. She also becomes friends with three very different men. ............................................. Richard is the editor of the local paper. He is patient, steady, and dependable. Tom is a lobsterman with the sea in his blood and has a mysterious part time job that pays the bills. His pragmatic look at life keeps Cecil guessing as to just what will happen next. Then there is Ronan who is shy about approaching Cecil as friends, and later as more, but with a spontaneous approach at life that attracts her. ............................................. During her summer afternoons Cecil spends time on the shore line where she makes friends with a special seal named Ragnarok. Between Cecil's new friends, her business, and Ragnarok, her days are carefree and filled with warmth. But when night falls, Cecil is torn between the men. .................................................................... ...................... **** This is the debut novel of author Kate Brallier, and what an excellent one it is! It is larger than most books now-a-days, but only because the author inserts descriptive backgrounds of the characters and the town so that readers find themselves submerged into the life on Seal Island. Most of the story reads like a contemporary romance with some danger thrown in for spice. However, be advised that there is some supernatural or mystical sections as well. This one is the PERFECT read during a beach vacation! ****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2005
Though she scarcely knew her aunt Allegra, Cecil is the woman's heir when she suddenly meets a premature death. The timing of that legacy comes as an opportunity. Having just lost her job, Cecil needs a break from life, the simplicity of her aunt's island home holds promise for her. Simplicity? That may be what she expected, but it is hardly what she got. Her aunt's affairs are shrouded in mystery and secrecy, and of the four males who show an interest in her, the least complex and demanding of her is - a seal. However, Ragnorak does not have the appeal that Richard, Tom, and Ronan do. As she learns all three men's secrets, she finds herself pulled in multiple directions and drawn into danger. The choice of who she loves could be one of life or death. ............................................. *** You'll probably think you know how things are going to turn out, but you will find the ending to be a surprise. Some readers may be put off by the first person narrative, yet the introspective aura to the novel does lend itself to that. Ms. Brallier makes an impressive debut with Seal Island. ***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Cecilia is only twenty-eight, but was recently downsized out of her job and her forced to leave her Manhattan apartment. However, homeless Cecilia ¿Cecil¿ Hargrove learns that her not so ¿Aunt¿ Allegra Gordon just past away at only forty-five years of age, but left her home and business on Seal Island, Maine to her ¿niece¿ who she only met twice. Cecil decides to look at the properties and thinks she will probably sell the tourist shop and the home. Cecil learns from her aunt¿s shop assistant Abby and reporter Richard Feinman that Allegra was well liked and friendly until last summer when she became depressed before being murdered. The next day Cecil meets Tom Moneghan a lobsterman. Afterward she learns that her aunt removed $80K from the bank in the few months before she died. There is no evidence of what she did with the money. On the way home Cecil meets gas attendant Ronan Grey, who says he is her neighbor; Cecil feels an immediate attraction.--- These three men ¿court¿ Cecil in different ways. None are what they seem. The reporter loves Abby; the fisherman is a famous author fearing his feelings for Cecil; the neighbor is the weirdest of the trio as he provides great sex but demands all of her time.--- Cecil holds the story line together but is ably assisted by a strong support cast especially her deceased aunt, Ragnarok a seal, and the three males competing for her affection. The story line starts off as a contemporary romance that turns into a mystery and finally curves into a fantasy. Fans will appreciate this modern day romance with an iota of a mystery that climaxes as a fantasy suspense thriller.--- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2009
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