The 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.
I like reading historical romance, but lately the stories of gentlemen and ladies and chivalry are all being taken over by forbidden sex and vulgar relationships. I want to read historical romance to escape to a time when morals were high and blushes were frequent. A time when a true gentleman would go at great lengths to make sure a lady's reputation wasn't compromised. I was beginning to think those books were dead. But Heart of the Ocean has restored my faith that those stories do exist. Not only are there real gentlemen and ladies in this story, but I'm also a sucker for a good mystery. Another thing I like about this novel is that it takes place in America in the 1800's. I've mostly been reading regency books that take place in England. I enjoyed seeing the differences in that era between England and America. Plus the story uses a Puritan town as part of the background. I enjoyed the added depth this added to story. It's also less than $5 on Kindle. (I'm a sucker for a good deal)
Heather B. Moore will also be attending the ANWA Writer's Conference this February and I'm excited to see her there. If you've been wanting to attend a conference this is one of my favorites! Check it out!