When Eppie Watt's husband is tragically drowned at sea, leaving her penniless with Charlotte, a young daughter, Eppie takes the post of housekeeper to Alexander, a wealthy widower....
|Title||:||Voices From The Sea|
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Voices From The Sea Reviews
Evelyn Hood is a prolific and well respected Scottish author. I had known her for several years before I read any of her books. That was my loss. She is a gifted story teller. Evelyn was formerly a journalist and is the author of more than 40 published novels. She is best known for family sagas, set mainly in her hometown of Paisley,Renfrewshire, Scotland and on the Clyde coast. She has also published six one act stage plays, a Scottish pantomime, a children's musical, and a growing number of short stories and articles. Titles of her novels include her Prior's Ford series A Certain Freedom and A Sparkle of Salt. I purchased the novel entitled Voices from the Sea after I heard her speak at the Tidelines Festival in 2014.Voices from the Sea is the story of Eppie Watt is left a widow after her husband dies in a fishing boat accident in the North Sea. Eppie has a young child to bring up so she has no choice but to send her daughter to live with her parents and earn a living as a lowly fish packer and seller to make ends meet. She is offered a chance for a better life when the housekeeper to a local wealthy widower, Alexander Geddes, decides to retire, and recommends Eppie for the job.His mother is a difficult woman. She entered Alexander's house when his second wife died in childbirth and liked to think she ruled it. Alexander eventually gives his mother her marching orders: this leaves Eppie and Alexander in the house alone together, causing a lot of gossip. To stop the rumours getting out of hand Alexander asks her to marry him but Eppie refuses. Then, Alexander decides on a compromise and brings Eppie's own daughter to live with them and employs her sister, Marion, as the girls' governess, thus taking out any suggestion of him having dishonourable intentions.Alexander's estranged son returns to Portsoy, bringing with him an old adversary of Alexander's who has a very mysterious past for a short time. Eppie develops a distinctive banter with the stranger and their relationship develops. Also, a relationship slowly builds between Alexander and Marion, and they wed Eppie has to leave her job as house keeper to look after her friends children when they see her kill herself. That mysterious stranger will no doubt be important in her future, but the book ends before it is evident.Voices from the Sea is another triumph by Evelyn Hood. If you enjoy historical fiction, flawlessly researched, I recommend this novel to you.
Review taken from my Blog Post #104 - Borrowed from my local library and read in March 2011:Okay, I was right to not let my preconceptions dictate whether I read, and fully embraced this book ... I'm a big girl, I am not afraid to admit that I should endeavour to widen my horizons, in this case anyway.It was not wildly exciting, romantic or packed to the rafters with excitement, but it was definitely a really nicely crafting story ... and I will definitely read more of her work now.Eppie Watt is left a widow after the North Sea takes her husband (and true love). With a young child to bring up. She has not choice but to send her beloved Daughter to live with her parents and earn a living as a lowly fish packer and seller to make ends meet, despite the fact that she came from a better class of family before she married her Murdo.She is offered a chance for a better life when the housekeeper to a local wealthy widower decides to retire, and she recommends Eppie for the job.Whilst Alexander Geddes is good to work for, his mother is a different story altogether. She entered the house when his second wife died in childbirth and liked to think she ruled the house with a rod of iron. However, she was doing more harm than good in the upbringing of Alexander's Daughter, and was eventually given her marching orders - leaving Eppie and Alexander in the house alone together, causing no end of gossip.To stop the rumours getting out of hand Alexander ask him to marry here. When she refuses, he decides on a compromise and brings Eppie's own Daughter to live with them. He also employs here Sister, Marion as the girls' governess, thus taking out any suggestion of of dis-honourable intentions.Alexander's estranged son returns to Portsoy, bringing with him an old adversary of Alexander's who has a very mysterious past for a short time.An relationship slowly builds between Alexander and Marion, and they eventually wed. with Eppie leaving to look after her friends children when see kills herself.So all ends well .... except that Eppie only at the very end realises that there was just one thing missing .... oh yeah, that mysterious stranger!A 4.5 Star read in the end.
read in one sitting, great fun, final death annoying as i don't believe in writing people off to manipulate a plot neatly, want to give it 3 for that, and the acccident wasn't necessary either, this book was better than that, but hey, the rest deserves four. Good gripping romantic fiction, of the bodices definitely not ripped variety, proof i'm now an old lady:)
I enjoyed this historical romance book. The trials and tribulations of a Scottish widow from a fishing village were portrayed well. Her position in a wealthy home leads the reader to believe one path she will follow. The author takes you down another with a cleverly crafted storyline.