Daughter of the Sea
‘Well-paced … genuinely gripping’ Historical Novels Review
Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, trawler owner Jacob Kingdom, when a heated confrontation ends with her being cast out from the family home and the revelation of a shameful secret. She falls upon the kindness of strangers and meets a charismatic trawlerman, who is proud to walk out with Kingdom’s daughter.
But with her cold-hearted brother at the helm of the family business, there is discontent rising, and being Kingdom’s daughter begins to lose its charm. With Jessica desperate to prove herself worthy to the tight-knit community, does she have what it takes to weather the storm to come, or will her secret hold her back?
As I am sure those of you that follow my blog are very aware of by now, I am a huge fan of historical fiction, so this book called out to me from the start.
This story begins with us being introduced to Jessica. She is undoubtedly a strong young woman, however she is overcome with grief following the death of her father – Jacob Kingdom, a well known trawler owner. When a family discussion becomes increasingly heated, Jessica finds herself being cast out from the family home that she grew up in, and all she is sent away with is the knowledge of a shameful secret. When Jessica stumbles upon a group of strangers, they immediately take her in and shower her with kindness which Jessica so desperately needs at this point, along with the charm and charisma that a certain trawler man possesses, Jessica finds herself feeling mildly content.
However, that feeling does not last all that long, as now her heartless brother is running the family, he does anything but keep the peace. The unease and tensions of being a Kingdom family member begins to take its tole on Jessica, and she fears whether the community in which she has grown fond of will cast her out too. This is when Jessica is more determined than ever to prove herself to be a valuable addition to the community, but that dark secret still lurks below the surface and could change everything.
This book had me well and truly hooked from the first chapter. The storyline was gripping and so perfectly structured, you become immersed in the story instantly. The characters were well developed and realistic, each of them possessing a unique personality and strengths which added to the story beautifully. I really did feel for Jessica’s character and all that she was put through, mostly by her own flesh and blood, however the kindness of strangers was a much welcomed addition and really warmed my heart.
Beautifully written and completely captivating, this is a story that stays with you long after you turn the last page. A fantastic read!.
You can purchase a copy of this book here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daughter-Sea-unforgettable-families-secrets-ebook/dp/B081S2XHDG/
Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived in the area all her life, although she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library after World War II that her relationship with literature truly began, and her memories of the war influence her writing as does her home town. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and the EYC Library Services, but is now a full-time writer.
*Thank you too Rachel’s Random Resources, Sylvia Broady and Allison & Busby for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.*