Saturday, January 12, 2013

Heart of the Ocean Blog Tour: Book Review

About the Book

Title: Heart of the Ocean
Author: Heather B. Moore
Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fiction
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.

I have reviewed many of Heather's books so it was a very interesting experience to review a book that was not written in the LDS Historical Fiction category. Heart of the Ocean is a historical fiction novel but it also contains elements of romance, mystery, and even paranormalcy (is that a word? :) It was definitely different than her other novels but written every bit as well as the rest.

I'm a huge fan of historical fiction so the time period that this book was set in really appealed to me. It was very interesting to read about the Puritan culture and their unique society and to see the contrast between them and the high society way of life that Eliza grew up in.

Eliza was a strong female character. She was brave and stood up for what she wanted, despite her family and society's disapproval. She was also courageous enough to find out the truth behind the ghost even though she was frightened and in danger.

I also loved the mystery elements of the story. I was definitely surprised at some of the twists and turns and liked how the story unfolded. Plus, the added supernatural factors helped create a suspenseful and eerie setting for it to all unravel.

Once again, Heather has created a well written, entertaining, and well researched novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to whatever genre Heather decides to write in next!

About the Author

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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Lexie! So glad you enjoyed the book.