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.
“Aunt Maeve?” Eliza called again in a shaky voice. “Can you hear me? Are you all right?” As she stepped into the room, a cold wind cut through her muslin nightgown. Shards of glass lay haphazardly on the plank floor. Eliza’s gaze moved to the broken panes of her aunt’s bedroom window.. And then Eliza looked toward the bed. Maeve lay motionless, her face turned away, hidden in the shadows.
Eliza gripped the skillet in one hand and walked to the bed. “Aunt Maeve?” There was no answer.
As she circled the bed, terror caught in Eliza’s throat. Maeve’s head was facing her, eyes closed. Eliza reached out and touched her aunt’s hand. It felt like cold clay.
Eliza felt as if she’d been punched in the stomach. She backed away from her aunt, staring in horror at the still figure.
Aunt Maeve was dead.
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).
I really liked Heart of the Ocean. Once I started reading I couldn't wait to see what happened. Heather B. Moore made the story very believable and the characters likeable.
Eliza left her high socity life in New York after turning down a marriage proposal to live with her Aunt who lived in a romote Puritan town. One night shortly after arriving she was out by the ocean watching a storm come in when she thought she heard a womans voice. It came out of no where. When returning home she asked her Aunt about ghost. Her Aunt told her the story of a woman with a broken heart. Could the voice be hers? Then Eliza Aunt is killed, who did it?
You will want to read Heart of the Ocean to find out all the strange things that go on in Maybrook. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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