Thursday, January 10, 2013

Heart of the Ocean Review and Giveaway

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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.


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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My 5 Stars Review

It is my first read of this remarkable author's work and definitely not the last. Heather B. Moore has penned down a wonderful story set in New England and the Puritan reign in that area. Familiar with the believes and in some ways an admirer of this group that landed in North East America making this their new home away from home. Forsaking the heretics in England in search for a new life. Their deep believe in the Almighty and His hand upon their lives is remarkable. But then they were also extremely religious and anything apposing to their believe were heretic. Learned nothing of what they fled from in the first place. Allowing no room for grace and mercy from a Redeeming Father.

In Ocean of the Heart this issues is dealt with sufficiently. We meet a young woman's ghost seeking revenge, Helena Talbot who was banned because of an unwanted pregnancy at the very tender age of seventeen. Placed in jail and after her trail placed in house arrest so that her condition could not be seen by the towns people.
She fled to a Lighthouse where she remained until her death. Leaving behind a little three year old boy and many questions. Ostracized and judge leaving her in turmoil long after her untimely death.
The story begins with our main character Eliza Robinson running from a controversial break up in New York landing up in the same house young Helena lived. Helena reached out to the young woman and so began the interesting plot to this great historical christian read.
We meet Jon Porter, the disregarded little boy now a grown man seeking his own footing in life, engaged to Apryl. A pretty ornament that clung to him for what he could give while flirting with another man Thomas Beesly. An evil rich man with his own agenda, spreading gossip to suit his purpose almost destroying the Robinson family at the end.
In search for legitimate papers to claim his inheritance the two young people met under dire circumstances.
Murder, jail time, gossip, misunderstandings and the persistent voice of the ghost kept them apart and you glued to the pages. Dreams that tried to reveal the truth kept our young character tired, making wrong decisions. Almost costing her, her love.
The budding romance between the two were constantly thawed with meddling parents, a flirting fiance, a insisting young Puritan and the search of belonging to a wonderful end. As they searched their hearts making way through all the nitty gritty's of life you learn to love and care for them both, seeking happiness for them in their journey which take them over the waters, discovering new places and in the process discovering their hearts.
A Great read I can recommend.

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