Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sea of Secrets

Amanda DeWees
Historical Romance

"If by some oversight he had been admitted into the Elysian Fields, he was probably wishing he were at a dog race instead."

Oriel Pembroke has to find a place to live when her father kicks her out of the house.  Who would have known that her mother had a family that would welcome her with open arms?  But not all is as it seems, especially when it comes to Herron, Duke of Ellsworth.  Not only does he seem discontented with his mother's quick marriage to his uncle, Herron's convinced his recently deceased father was murdered.  Oriel is the only one he'll open up to.  Will Oriel be able to pull Herron out of his darkness, or will he pull her in with him?  And what of the others in the house; are they as they seem as well?  Or does everyone harbor their own secrets?

My Opinion: This was an interesting read.  It played on the idea of Hamlet in a way that was both unexpected and intriguing.  Well created characters filled in an interesting story.  Though, with the theme of Hamlet, the book pulls you into a world that is both depressing and a bit on the edge of insanity.  This isn't a bad thing - in fact it is a compliment to the author's skill.  The romance, however, while interesting, was unexpected and wasn't very strong. Oriel was a bit annoying, but overall the characters were well created, even if they weren't physically described.  It was very much a psychological book, and one that was interesting rather than titillating.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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