If you crave epic, adventurous love stories. If Jamie and Claire, Alexander and Tatiana or Nathaniel and Elizabeth mean something to you. Then meet Samuel and Rebecca and the iceberg that started it all.
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebeca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwreck survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family. In a summer like no other, Rebecca and her older sister, Rachel, are reborne in the presence of the spirited young man that is Samuel.
Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But before the war is over they both discover tragedy and terror can strike anywhere. Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.
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About the Author
Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.
In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangelene and Lindsay – over the course of a century.
In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul. Adventures have been central to her life: climbing Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, trekking to the base camp of Makalu in the Himalayas; and paddling the classic Bowron Lakes canoe circuit in British Columbia, a location that features in two of her novels.
Her formative years were spent on a farm in Cedar Pocket, in South-East Queensland, once home to large stands of one of Australia’s few native deciduous trees, the Red Cedar. Now residing in Brisbane, Sherryl is a partner in marketing agency, Action Communications, and winner of a Gold Serif from The Australian Society of Business Communicators.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Seldom Come By. Book 1 of The Iceberg Trilogy. Sherryl Caulfield Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. Well, hooked by the connection to two series I love, the Diana Gabaldon and Sarah Donati ones I thought I’d try this and ...Wow! I really don't know where to start. It was everything promised and more, had me glued to the kindle for hours, smiling, laughing and crying. Its packed with emotion, really deep dark scenes, and high bright ones which made for a perfect read for me. The people felt real, the story so believable. I was pulled into it along with Rebecca and Samuel and the rest of the families. What I loved too is that though this is a trilogy this book is complete in itself, with a proper ending. No horrible, awful, hateful cliffhangers, though I can see – and am hungry for – where the story is going next. The descriptions of the land and icebergs were incredible- I’ve never seen one, but I felt as if I was there with them in the boat that day under the iceberg arch. The great contrasts in life stories between Rebecca's home life and Samuel's was typical of the time period, and I like Samuel I love Rebecca's enthusiasm for life. I can see too why both her and her sister were so attracted to him. At no time was I able to predict what was gong to happen, it really was a story that kept me on the edge of my seat, and when THAT scene happened – oh the tears I shed – so emotive and such deep dark sadness from it. I feel sad even now just thinking about it. Then there's Samuel joining his brother in WW1 – I skim read much of the battle scenes, not because they weren't realistic but because they were, and I have a personal antipathy to war. My grandfather served for Britain in both WW1 and WW2, and would never speak of his experiences, threw his medals in the back of a drawer, and never joined the many reunions held by others. I learned from mum and gran how distraught and shadowed he was by the experiences, it never really left him I think, and that's affected my attitudes to war so was why I skipped this part. Samuel's experiences after the war were sadly very, very common, but often misunderstood – he was lucky to have a loving family to let him recover in his own time. My granddad had to come home to a wife and child he's not seen for years after WW2, having dreaded it because of his experiences of WW1, and I suspect he was just pushed back into the workforce and the need to support his family, and that's perhaps why he was so reticent about what happened to him. Shut it into the back of his mind, locked away from everyday life. Anyway, its a section that shaped Samuel and Rebecca, was integral to the events that followed, and added yet more to the sadness and happiness balances. Well, not much more I can say except if you love deep, epic, romantic stories this is one for you. Its definitely one to re read too – has so much content that I know I must have missed some, and look forward to discovering even more on second and subsequent readings. I've found this before in the very best books, they have details that I find after the first read, bits that add to the story because I know what's coming, those little hints that are sometimes missed when we don't know what's about to occur, or may develop much later in the novel. At £3.14 for 514 pages its a real bargain especially taking into account the re read factor. I'm really looking forward to the next in the series. Stars: After having several four and four and a half star reads recently, I’ve been wondering if maybe I’m too strict about the five star criteria I have, but reading this I know its necessary that there's something held back for those books that are really, really special. Its a five star read – I just wish I could give more. ARC supplied by Netgalley