An Ocean Away

An Ocean Away

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BN ID: 2940157349295
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
Publication date: 01/11/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 568,470
File size: 948 KB

About the Author

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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An Ocean Away 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
momisreading More than 1 year ago
Oh, I just loved this novella! Gina was full of life! The romance books she loved to read inspired imaginings of romantic settings, heroes and storylines everywhere she looked. It was so fun to read! And she found her hero in Edmund. I would love to know what happens next with them!
yellowrubyjewels More than 1 year ago
This book was perfect!!! I needed a really good, feel good and high in the swoon factor read and this one was amazing! Seriously any of this author's books hit that mark! The beautiful cover just called to me, a book about a young woman wishing for love yet no luck with suitors in the 1840s and she loves to read. Yep definitely caught my attention and I was hooked! "Gina Graydon tucked a deliciously romantic gothic novel under her arm and stepped onto the hotel balcony of her second-floor room. That the hotel balcony perched over a shadowed garden, and the sun had yet to rise, didn't deter Gina from hiking up her wrapper and nightgown and climbing over the rail...This was Gina's third early morning foray that week into the Bordeaux garden, and she'd become quite expert at scaling the now-familiar wall...It was no ordinary book, but one by a female author who published under a nom de plume. Full of intrigue, dark English moors, a mysterious hero, and intricacies of kissing, which Gina had never before experienced, this was a book to be read in the wilds of the garden-a French garden, to be exact." This is one of those books that was very fulfilling with enough backstory and character development to draw in a reader and fulfill any questions even though it's a shorter novella. I will say that I would love to see more about Gina and some of her escapades before meeting the mysterious man in the garden during her early morning reading excursion, but even without those I loved the antics that I did get to read about. This book was originally published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection but will be released as a single novella on Jan 17, 2017. Gina, for me, was a fun, vibrant and refreshing character. She was what society might consider awkward, but to me she was a breath of fresh air. Bubbly, giggly, and a heart that was open to all those around her with kindness and love(although most of them probably didn't deserve it). I found myself giggling along with her. I giggled(I couldn't rightly laugh out loud while everyone in my house was sleeping so I had to resort to a controlled giggle) at her antics, I giggled at her thoughts and I giggled at her thoughts that sometimes came unbidden out of her mouth. For me this story had a couple similarities to Catherine Morton(Northanger Abbey) and her love of reading and the silly thoughts that would plague her mind, from the books she read and her imagination combined. When Gina is discovered in the garden by a gentleman on his balcony, she is mortified and then intrigued as she continues to have random encounters with him. Some of those fun encounters show her that he is not all that he seems. I loved the ball, the French garden, her climbing abilities and one very swoony gentleman who might possibly break Gina's heart. Can she escape the turmoil in her family? Will she ever find true love, the kind she dreams of having? Will her father's business escapades leave her stuck with a suitor of his choosing? Will she ever receive that kiss she has dreamed of while reading about her swoony heroes and heroines of fiction? This is definitely a read worthy of the 2017 swoony awards and very clean. Swoony kisses(real or imagined??? I'll let you read to find out) and the silly escapades of a young woman make this a delightful read when you need something short and oh so very sweet. I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Happy Reading!!!
Austen-Heyer-fan More than 1 year ago
An Ocean Away by Heather Moore This was a fun read and I loved the premise that she was meeting him in a garden covertly. The book went on swimmingly until the end. It seemed a bit out of character for her and for him. Spoiler alert: Why didn't he try harder to see her in person? He knew her circumstances and her father. A note in a garden seems pretty risky. If he was able to sneak the note in, why not sneak himself in? Just saying. Still, I enjoyed it, in spite of the ending.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I've found a kindred spirit! Gina Graydon loves books (as do I) and goes as far as sneaking over the balcony of her French hotel room to devour her beloved romance books in a beautiful garden. She's got a very vivid imagination and almost seems to conjure up the most deliciously handsome and romantic hero. Edmund is captivated by this tall beauty and an almost Romeo and Juliet romance ensues. This is such a delightful story that kept me with a silly grin plastered on my face. The characters are refreshingly life-like and humorous, making the most of events they find themselves in. My heart was swooning during the waltz and the stolen moments in the moonlit garden. The ending left me elated and sighing with satisfaction. Perfection. Yes, this morsel of a story is a pure, guilty pleasurable taste of romantic perfection. PS I want that dress on the cover. Love! Content: mild, swoony romance. *I received a complimentary copy which in no way affected my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
An Ocean Away is a beautiful and sweet short story. I loved Gina and felt a connection with her, understanding her struggle in the romance department. A great, inspiration of never losing hope and things happen at the least expected moment. 5 plus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming and clean (kisses only) historical romance, refreshingly focused on Americans. Reminded me of a Henry James plot and setting but with more romance. I think being quite bit more chaste would have been more realistic/faithful to the time and have contributed more depth to the story, but it was an engaging and fun tale with a heroine who has plenty of moxie! I rather wish this story had been developed into a full length novel as the plot and characters have potential... I'll definitely read the related novel about Eliza. This is the first work I've read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. Moore's very talented, with engaging prose that doesn't drop the reader from the story via discordant dialogue and narration. I look forward to reading more of her work and believe she can and will write stories of literary value beyond mere pleasure.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
Gina Graydon loves romance novels, and she can't help but wish for a romantic hero to sweep her off her feet. But as the daughter of a wealthy and ruthless businessman, anyone who might possibly have wanted to court her has been scared off by her father. While vacationing in France, though, she meets Edmund Donaldson, who has all the makings of a romantic hero...and who, unfortunately, is being sued by her father and is the last man her father would allow near her. Gina just made me laugh, with sneaking out of her hotel via her balcony and the things that she would blurt out. This was a fun read, although I wish it were longer so we could see more of the developing feelings between the characters! I received a free copy from the author. All opinions are my own