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THE BOUNDLESS DEEP by Kate Brallier is 432 pages in length in trade paperback form.

Brief Description:

Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we’ve done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England’s whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza’s dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship’s captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza’s claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza’s intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn’t the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart’s desire.

My Review:

I found this book to be very good.  It had a little history, a little romance,  and a few paranormal features to it.  At times you felt like you were back in Nantucket in the 1800′s.  I found this to be fascinating as the present was combined with the past.  There are very interesting dreams that seemed to reflect what happened in the past and why the dreams kept happening, as if the story needed to be told again and forgiveness given.  This was the most important part of the book for me.

I enjoyed learning about whaling and what the men went through on the seas.  I also found it interesting that they would stay out for years at a time and then come to shore.  I figured it was weeks and not years.

To me this had a literary feel to it even though it clearly was a romance novel.  The words seemed to flow from page to page and I thought it was well written.  This author is an editor of books though, so that might be the reason why.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it seemed to be a bit long and there was a bit more romance than I like, but that is my personal opinion as I am not much of a romance reader.

THE BOUNDLESS DEEP by Kate Brallier

Brief Description:

Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we’ve done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England’s whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza’s dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship’s captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza’s claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza’s intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn’t the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart’s desire.