Historical Gothic Romance
WINNER of the 2012 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) award for best mystery!
FINALIST in the 2013 Maggie Awards for Excellence, historical category!
After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by her cruel father, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband’s death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven—but the darkly handsome young duke, Herron, believes otherwise. Haunted by the death of his father, he suspects that Ellsmere is sheltering a murderer.
Even as Oriel falls in love with the duke, she begins to fear that his grief and suspicion are turning to madness. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when her father comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all…
Length: 110,000 words • Sensuality level: mild/sweet
Rave reviews for Sea of Secrets!
With lush and intelligent prose, DeWees has crafted a beautiful and suspenseful novel that is a pure pleasure to read! The haunting setting and well drawn characters entice one to read on and on, way past bedtime.” — Beth Chamberlain, InD’Tale magazine (five-star review)
Setting a high bar!
Sea of Secrets has set such an impossibly high bar, I’m afraid any other new Gothics I find will never be able to meet it! … Anyone who thinks that popular genre fiction (especially romance) is written by talentless hacks need only pick up Sea of Secrets to see how off base that idea is. DeWees has written a book that can proudly sit on a shelf beside the best literary historical fiction of any day.” — Miss Ruby Jones (Sweet Rocket)
Make sure your e-reader is fully charged before starting it!
I had trouble putting this book down. At one point, when my ereader battery threatened to turn off, I literally shouted, “NO!” in the oil change store. It shocked my fellow-customers but not so much as myself, when I was jolted back to 2012 America from the land of soothing ocean tides, blustery winter breezes, and the feel of taffeta against my skin… Everything about this book is rich in detail and authenticity. Bravo, Ms. DeWees. I want more!” — Kym (Amazon.com)
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