Seldom Come By

Seldom Come By

by Ms Sherryl Caulfield


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If you crave epic, adventurous love stories, 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 shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family. 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 as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path. 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.

"Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story - a great accomplishment and a wonderful read."

Julie Fison, author of teenage romances in the Hardie Grant 'Smitten' series

"I read the first chapter of Seldom Come By in the Romance Writers of Australia's Ripping Start Competition and was immediately taken in by the beautiful descriptions, world building and the unique and soulful characterisation. And now that I've had the opportunity to read it all, I can say the whole book is wonderful, a real pleasure to read. The quality of writing is excellent and the story atmospheric and intriguing. Brilliant, absolutely beautiful."

Babette Furster, Romance Writers of Australia, Ripping Start Judge 2013

"Great job on creating that 'fogged-in' atmosphere that Newfoundland is famous for. I have lived that 'fogged-in' feeling many times. The iceberg was an amazing scene to experience. That sense of longing and yearning that followed was palpable. And from there the tension and excitement just grew, with scenes that were wrenching, breathtaking and moving."

Leah Sparkes, native Newfoundlander

"I loved the style of this book and the blossoming romance between Samuel and Rebecca. Their intense love for each other reminded me of Tatiana and Alexander. This book has a slow build then at a certain point it takes off and it is absolutely gripping. You are on the very edge of you seat. Your mouth is open. I admire Rebecca's strength to prevail through heartache and sadness, tragedy and loss and her toughness as a younger woman living in Newfoundland. Some scenes were particularly moving - tears down my face. This book has it all. I was enthralled. I simply could not put it down!"

Su Sprott, reader

"Set on the edge of Newfoundland, Seldom Come By tells the love story of shipwreck survivor Samuel Dalton and his rescuer, teenage Rebecca Crowe. The author's breathtaking descriptions of sea and landscapes and the historical setting drew me into the first few pages of the book but the relationships between the characters kept me reading. A shocking event that occurred about halfway through the book compelled me to finish the book in only two more sittings. I feel that the book's themes of love, loss, forgiveness and healing would make it a terrific book club pick and lead to great discussions. I look forward to reading the author's next two books in this series."

Rochelle Braun, reader

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992375911
Publisher: Cedar Pocket Publishing
Publication date: 12/12/2013
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Haunted by an encounter with a woman she met whilst travelling through Canada, Sherryl Caulfield started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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