Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Somewhere Beyond the Sea by AK James. Read on for more info and my review.
If a marriage is based on secrets and lies – can love survive?
Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned to his beloved Cornwall with his family. The past has taught him some hard lessons, some of which he’s keeping to himself, but he’s hoping to put it all behind him and make a fresh start with his wife Karen. He longs to see her happy, as she’s been struggling with her mental health.
However, Karen Ainsworth isn’t telling Tristan the whole story, because she has a past that she’d rather leave behind her too. Apart from her family, Karen’s big passion is singing and a chance to use her extraordinary voice would mean the world to her, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?
As a tide of blackmail and betrayal threatens the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a hard question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything.
Somewhere Beyond the Sea by AK James is a romantic suspense set in Cornwall. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful setting. The author did a great job of drawing the reader in and making me feel like I was there with beautiful descriptions. It wasn’t too much info dumping, just enough to set the scene. And the setting seemed just as important as the rest of the factors in the story which I think is a compelling piece to this tale.
The characters are excellent. I enjoyed the main characters, Karen and Tristian, but even the secondary characters shined here. This is truly a character-driven story, which is what really drew me in.
The suspense is well done. Secrets and blackmail…the pacing kept me invested from beginning to end. I think the writing was also accomplished. This is a story of letting go and moving on, which was a fitting theme.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and would recommend giving it a shot.
Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the free review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Amanda James has written since she was a child, and as an eight-year-old, she asked her parents for a typewriter for Christmas. She never imagined her words would ever be published however. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when she had her first short story published for a Born Free anthology. She left teaching in 2013 to pursue her dream full-time.
Originally from Sheffield, Amanda now lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the wild and beautiful coastline near her home. Amanda writes more suspenseful novels also set in Cornwall, under the name A.K. James, but her last few books have been uplifting in nature with a twist of magic. She loves writing feel-good reads, as she thinks the world needs more joy in it right now. Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.
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