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. 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.
I couldn't help but be excited when I read that Heather Moore would be releasing a new historical novel, Heart of the Ocean. I've been a fan of her historical fiction for several years, and although the topic and setting are quite different from her other historical novels, I couldn't help but be interested in how she'd write about this time period and the Puritans.
Heart of the Ocean has an intense mystery, and I thought the characters were very well done. There was a twist or two I didn't see coming, and I really liked the interaction between Eliza and Jonathan.
The Puritans were very interesting to read about. Heather showed quite a contrast between how kind they could be to strangers, and how cruel they could be to one of their own. I couldn't imagine living amongst them, and that made the decisions by outsiders to live among them and join them intriguing.
While I wasn't quite as connected to this story as Heather's other historical novels, I found the romance to be sweet and the Puritan lifestyle to be eye opening.
There is some violence and swearing.
Author Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler).
Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).
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