Sunday, April 11, 2010


by Angie Frazier

Summary (via Goodreads):
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

This debut novel really took me by surprise. Camille is a young woman who grew up without a mother, her father taking her on some of his voyages and giving her a sense of freedom that a young woman of her station rarely ever feels. She is to be married to a man that she wishes she could love, but no sparks fly between them. Yet, she plans to go ahead with it - for that is what her father wishes and the man she is to marry is a good and wealthy man.

Unfortunately, Oscar shows up on the last voyage she is to take with her father. A sailor who has grown up under the wing of her father and one who she has feelings for that she never wished for and knows is inappropriate. You can sense the struggle in Camille to stay a proper woman - that is until she discovers why their trip has been extended. She is to finally meet her mother.

So, the plot has a strong sense of love and adventure. Add in a myth of a map - one that can lead to an enchanted stone and a villain who seeks it in turn and you've got quite the story. I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I was drawn in and loved where it took me. It was reminiscent of Bloody Jack - only with a more serious tone. I must say, I've always been a high seas and adventure fan and this book definitely did not disappoint.

5/5 Roses

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  1. This does sound like quite an adventurous story and the love story add to the excitement. Just my kind of book. Thanks for the review.

  2. This sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out :)

  3. Excellent! Historical, a bit of mystery, and ocean voyages. I am definately checking it out.
    Thanks for the review.

  4. Ever since I first saw that cover I have been wanting to read the book, thanks so much for making it harder to wait, lol :D Great review!

  5. I love the sound of this book, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I will defiantly be adding it to my wishlist.

  6. Sounds really cool! I'd like to read this one.

  7. This book caught my eye a little while back and your excellent review made me want it even more.

  8. I really liked this one as well!


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