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Thursday, January 21, 2010

On a Warm Sea of Love by Bess McBride

On a Warm Sea of Love by Bess McBride
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Inspirational
Length: Full (222 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Hailey Saunders accompanies her beloved matchmaking sister, Megan, on a cruise to the beautiful and exotic Caribbean...something she’s avoided for a long time...ever since her young husband, Zach, was lost off a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea during a storm.

At first, Hailey cried daily for months, then weekly for a year, but now she doesn’t cry at all. Why? Because Zach returned to her...or at least, his ghost did. His voice remains her constant companion, allowing her to avoid the pain of real life...of falling in love with someone else.

A flirtatious but ineligible Scots ship's officer, Alan Campbell, has his eye on Hailey as does the handsome and mysterious European, Karl de Groot. Megan is ready to make a match for her sister, but Zach finds it hard to let his wife go...or is it Hailey who refuses to say goodbye? Three men want her...only one can have her!

A tropical cruise, two gorgeous men interested in one woman – what more could you ask for? But someone else interests Hailey and no one knows he is there.

Hailey has been a widow for fifteen years and her sister Megan decides it’s time for Hailey to rejoin the world. She books a holiday for them on a cruise ship. Not the best of choices considering Hailey’s husband drowned at sea.

Unable to resist temptation Hailey finds herself attracted to two men, one more than the other. This puts her mind in turmoil. For the last fourteen years the ghost voice of her husband Zach has kept her company and he appears to be jealous of the two men. Will she accept her time of grieving is over or will she go back to her lonely life in Oregon. The other choice she has to make is if she wishes to become involved again with a man who goes to sea.

I felt this sweet romance was aptly titled as I followed Hailey through her ups and downs of dipping her toe in the world of romance once more. The story started off quite strongly and I was drawn to both Hailey and her sister Megan.

Then the men appeared. Karl the mysterious well dressed Englishman and Alan, an officer on the ship who comes from Scotland. Hailey changed when there were men around. She said things she later regretted and then went over and over them in her mind. The strong woman who could manage on her own totally disintegrated when faced with handsome men.

I felt the story sagged a bit in the middle and the tension faded. This picked up again when Hailey finally made up her mind which man she wanted.

This sweet romance is reminiscent of the romance books of several decades ago. This is meant as a compliment, sweet romance is hard to write to get the right tension between the characters. “On a Warm Sea of Love” is a lovely read and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling.