Daughter of the Sea by Elisabeth Hobbes

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#Historical, #Romance, #Fantasy, #Shifters, #Selkies,

On a windswept British coastline, the tide deposits an unexpected gift...

It was the cry that she first noticed, the plaintive wail that called to her over the crash of winter waves. Wrapped only in a sealskin, the baby girl looks up at Effie and instantly captures her heart. She meant only to temporarily foster the young orphan, but when news reaches Effie that her husband has been lost at sea, and months pass without anyone claiming the infant, she embraces her new family—her son, Jack, and her adopted daughter, Morna.

Effie has always been an outcast in her village, the only granddaughter of a woman people whisper is a witch, so she's used to a solitary existence. But when Midsummer arrives, so, too, does a man claiming to be Morna's father. There's no denying Lachlan is the girl's kin, and so, Effie is surprised when he asks her to continue looking after his daughter, mysteriously refusing to explain why. She agrees, but when he returns six months hence, she pushes him for answers. And Lachlan tells a story she never anticipated... one of selkies, legend, and the power of the sea...

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4 out of 5 (very good)

DAUGHTER OF THE SEA is a sweet romance with a mythological twist, set in North Yorkshire. Effie is widowed young and, on the same night as her husband dies, she finds a baby washed ashore. Her own son, Jack, is five-months-old, so Effie has milk available for both. She cares for -- and loves -- the little baby whilst continuing with her own life. All that changes when the dad shows up!

There is a hint of a love triangle in here, with both Lachlan and Walter vying for Effie's affections. Of course, you are pretty sure which way it will go, but the author keeps you guessing until the end.

The pacing is smooth and there are lots of details about how women lived, the whole way of life at that time, plus how Effie doesn't fit in or, really, know what she wants. The story is a slow-burn one in that it moves along quite slowly. However, that gives the reader time to fully immerse themselves in the past.

This was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending.

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I love historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and romance and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes, though I try to vary things occasionally by having the odd blonde.

I'm also a Reception teacher. Unlike five year olds, my characters generally do what I ask them (and don’t come to me with suspiciously damp shoelaces).

Originally from Yorkshire, I now live in Cheshire with my husband, two children, two cats called Captain Jamie Ankles and Doctor Sausage, and a Romanian rescue dog called Missy.

I spend any spare time reading and I’m a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book. I enjoy skiing, singing, and exploring tourist attractions with my family. My kids are resigned to spending their weekends visiting the past and watching me lean too far over railings to get photos. I love hot and sour soup and ginger mojitos- but not at the same time.


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