Ocean's Trial

Ocean's Trial

by Demelza Carlton


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Smuggled ashore by the kind widow Merry D'Angelo, Maria begins her new life in the colonial port city of Fremantle.
With the help of a young fisherman named Tony, she fights to find her place among a people so different to her own.
Yet danger lurks beneath the surface of the turbulent harbour waters as her past races to catch up with her; threatening her future and her friends, and forcing her to choose between her old love and the new.

A tiny taste of what's in store:

Merry bowed her head. "I understand. But what will you do? What work do you know?"
"I know fish and I know the ocean. That is all," I said forlornly. For all my hopes, I already felt lost. Her world was still painfully new to me.
"I think I can help you find a job. A job for a girl who knows fish and the ocean. But you will need a name. Your father's, your husband's...as I am Meryl D'Angelo, you must have a last name, too."
"I can't tell you," I replied. "I'd hoped..."
She laughed. "Speranza. Hope in Italian. If you won't tell me your real name, you will be Maria Speranza, the young fisherman's widow who lives in hope." She shooed me toward the door. "Go now and send the telegram. The sooner he hears you're alive, the sooner you'll be in his arms again." She squeezed past me, pulling on her gloves before donning a hat. "I need to speak to some friends to see if they can help you." Merry hurried out the front door.
I had a goal, a hope for the future. And a name to go with it. Maria Speranza, the widow who lived in hope.
And for the first time, I did.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500921705
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

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Ocean's Trial 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this adventure!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
culture-shock, mermaid A castaway from the storm with no language skills and a totally different way of dressing, she is convinced that she is responsible for the death of the man she loves. She has been befriended by an older woman who tries to help. There are many misunderstandings and difficulties, and another man who loves her. It is written with such empathy that it seems so real. I loved it and can't wait until the next one!
JEA2 More than 1 year ago
Second book, in series, can't wait for the next book. It really is a good book, couldn't put it down. Received FREE for an honest review.
PLB More than 1 year ago
The story of Maria's journey through heartbreak of loss love and her struggles to adapt to her new life. Another great installment in the mermaid saga!!! Can't wait for the next chapter!!!
K-T-Bowes More than 1 year ago
Maria’s journey continues with the fearless mermaid broken-hearted at the loss of her love. The novel contains a sense of striving as she seeks to learn the whereabouts of William and the reader is ever on the edge of their seat at the hope of word or a sighting. Merry D’Angelo is Maria’s selfless guardian angel, a maternal figure who presents a sharp contrast to the dictatorial matriarch who visits her mermaid daughter with an ultimatum. Maria’s struggles to learn English and understand the ways of men, further display the great character that Ms Carlton has bestowed upon her and she is more likeable with every subsequent chapter. I am loving this series.