Sea of Secrets

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“A haunting, gripping saga that will keep you flipping the pages… A beautiful story of a woman coming to terms with the reality of her destiny and the power of the past, an eerie setting rich in closeted skeletons, murder, and mystery… a historical Gothic romance written in the style of Holt and Whitney, and one you most certainly do not want to miss!” –Stacy, Gothic Romance Reviews

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Can love conquer the shadows of suspicion—and murder? When innocent young Oriel Pembroke is disowned by her cruel father and takes refuge at the sumptuous seaside estate of Ellsmere, she doesn’t expect to fall in love with the brooding young duke, Herron—or to find her fragile new happiness tainted by his suspicions about the death of his father. Did his uncle truly murder the late duke, or is Herron’s grief tipping into madness? As Oriel tries to uncover the truth, she learns that there may be a shocking secret in her own past…a secret that could put her own life in danger.

Sea of Secrets is a masterful return to the traditional gothic romance as perfected by Barbara Michaels and Daphne du Maurier, as well as a fascinating take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet reimagined for a Victorian gothic setting. Find out why Oriel’s story was awarded the 2012 Reward of Novel Excellence and has been hailed as “beautiful and suspensefula pure pleasure to read” (InD’Tale Magazine) and “a haunting, gripping saga that will keep you flipping the pages” (Gothic Romance Reviews). Whether you are a fan of historical mysteries, coming-of-age stories, or richly imagined women’s fiction, you won’t want to miss 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)

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

“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,

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About 110,000 words

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