Tuesday, June 8, 2010
by Angie Frazier
Age Range: 14+
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.
I had wanted to read this one for awhile after seeing the beautiful cover on a
"Waiting on Wednesday" post at another blogger's blog. So when I got an email saying the book was coming to me via a Traveling ARC tour that I had signed up for - and forgot about - I was super excited.
I ended up really enjoying this novel. Camille, stuck in a relationship with a man she has no feeling for, eagerly accompanies her father for their last voyage together before she is to be married. However, things go awry when she learns a family secret that brings choas down upon herself - and those around her. Without a penny to their names, Camille and Oscar - her father's first mate, and Camille's secret love - find themselves scrounging for a ride to Port Adelaide in Australia after being rescued from a sea storm. As their adeventure picks up so does the romance between Oscar and Camille, and Camille must make a choice about whether her heart is more important than her duty.
For a debut author, Frazier surprised me with her beautiful writing and original plot. The novel was well executed and the story moved along at a steady pace, that was easy to follow and didn't allow for too dull a moment. The only things I would have wished more for, was character description. I guess that's just a pet peeve of mine though, I need a clear image in my mind of the character.
I'm assuming there will be a sequel to this nove because there definitly were some loose threads to tie up, but I can assure you I will be reading the sequel whe it comes out. If you liked this novel be sure to check out:
The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)
Magic Under Glass
Visit Angie Frazier HERE