Title: Heart of the Ocean
Author: Heather Moore
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Length: 337 pages
Synopsis: A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . . What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.
While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Maybrook is the last existing Puritan town, having survived centuries of outside influence. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd things start to happen to Eliza, and she is plagued by a ghostly voice. Her aunt’s explanation? That Eliza is being haunted by a woman who died of a broken heart twenty years ago.
After Aunt Maeve is tragically killed, Eliza’s life is put in danger as she tries to uncover the mystery of her aunt’s death. She encounters Jonathan Porter in Maybrook, whose presence in the town seems suspicious, yet she finds herself drawn to him. When she discovers that Jonathan’s dark secrets may be the link between the dead woman who haunts her and her aunt’s murderer, Eliza realizes that Jonathan is the one man she should never trust.
REVIEW: The time frame is 1840’s where the men are noble and the women appear dainty and are to be skilled at home and social skills awaiting marriage. Our heroine is Eliza and she did the misfortune of turning down her Father’s partner in marriage. Why? She didn’t love him- she has ideals of love- in the 1840’s, that is still hogwash as people married for social, political, wealth, a numerous amount of reason and LOVE wasn’t on the top of the list. Besides Thomas Beesley is a ugly portly older man and Eliza is young and pretty. Eliza runs of to be with her Aunt Maeve, who dies after telling her about the resident ghost. Things happen in three’s- turning down the marriage caused embarrassment to her family; her Aunt Maueve died and caused suspicion to Eliza as a murderer just being in the house and she spent the night in jail; meeting Jon Porter with his secrets and talking to the ghost, his mother, Helena Talbott who had disappeared 20 years prior leaving Jon at 3 yrs old. This story is full of webs that are weaved throughout that unravel as pieces are found to substantiate the murders of Helena and Maeve. Without telling the plot- read how Eliza figures out who done it and if she can find her true love with Jon or not as another neighbor, a Puritan name Nathaniel has boldly announced his intentions to marriage. This story has mystery, romance, and history, travel between England and USA, cultural shock, and just plain fun to read.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (I AM A READER).
RATING: (4 stars/ 5)
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