HEART OF THE OCEAN - HEATHER B. MOORE
PUBLISHED: 2ND JANUARY 2013
Summary from Goodreads
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. Maybrook is the last existing Puritan town, having survived centuries of outside influence. 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 received an eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
"Heart of the Ocean is a historical romance. It’s about Eliza Robinson who was sent to live in Maybrook, a Puritan town, after she refused to marry Mr. Thomas Beesly. There she starts hearing a strange voice and soon after that her aunt Maeve, whom she was living with, dies. When she is charged with murder, she wants to know more about the situation. Meanwhile, she meets Jonathan Porter, who has helped her out several times.
I give this book 3.5 stars. It’s a mystery, it’s a ghost story and has romance in it. It was a fun read. The thing I found the most interesting was that how Maybrook and New York City were mixed together. That was definitely one of the strong points of the novel. The characters were nice. Not only did I love Jon and Eliza’s relationship, but I enjoyed the interaction between Eliza and Gina as well. And Nathaniel.. Eliza kept declining his marriage proposal, but he just couldn’t understand. Some people may be irritated by his behaviour. But to be honest, I totally found him cute and adorable! Oh, how I love thee, Nathaniel! Eliza can live happily ever after with Jon, while I don’t mind having Nathaniel
However, there were some things that I didn’t like. For example, I felt that Eliza didn’t think too much about the voice she was hearing. I mean, if I would be in her place, I probably won’t be able to think of something else. I also find that it was dragged a bit in the middle and that the twists were quite predictable. Oh yeah, not to forget Thomas Beesly! He’s horrible! I despise that man and can’t stand him at all!
Overall, Heart of the Ocean is a well-written and entertaining novel. I enjoyed reading it.