Heart of the Ocean
by Heather B. Moore
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. 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.
My thoughts: Eliza's life becomes tumultuous. She has moved to a simple Puritan town to escape the social life of New York. An unwanted suitor would do that to anyone.
Life doesn't stay simple for her. On a stormy night after hearing the local ghost story, her aunt is murdered. Now Eliza is suspected of murder. There is still the problem of unwanted suitors. It seems that she can't totally escape men.
The book has an appealing eerie feel to it. I couldn't help but be drawn into Eliza's situation. Heather Moore is able to bring the character's in full circle. She is able to realistically associate characters from New York to Maybrook making connections between both cultures.
I have read other books of Heather's and this book did not disappoint. It lived up to the high expectations that I had from her other works. I automatically assume that I will like the book, and I did.
Read an Excerpt:
Eliza wakes up after being rescued in a violent storm:
The sound of lowered voices reached her ears. It was his voice—the man who had saved her last night. As Eliza strained to hear the words, the memory of the previous night returned.
She squeezed her eyes shut at the images—finding her aunt’s body, falling againstthe sideboard, crawling through the house, facing the storm, a man riding into the yard on a horse. Despite the chaotic weather, the man’s face was etched in her memory—dark eyes and black hair as wild as the storm’s surf. Opening her eyes again, Eliza stared at the white curtains fluttering above her. Where was she? The voices from the other room had fallen quiet. A door shut.
“Don’t leave,” Eliza whispered. She wanted to find out who had helped her. Pulling herself out of bed, she stepped onto the wooden floor. She gasped in pain when her foot touched the ground, but she gritted her teeth and hobbled to the window. A horse came into view, and for a brief moment, Eliza saw the man’s profile before he turned and galloped away from the house. It was him—the man who had found her.
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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