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Dangerous Waters (The Guernsey Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Allen
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Book Description

** Awarded Silver in the 2012 WishingShelfAwards **
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The island of Guernsey is so vividly evoked, one feels as if one is walking its byways. An atmospheric and tantalising read. --Elizabeth Bailey, author of The Gilded Shroud

I've never been to Guernsey but I'm determined to go now that I've read this book. It's a book you can settle into and really enjoy, but it's a lot more than chick-lit. There's an intriguing mystery, a finish which had me reading into the early hours of the morning and an insight into what I think of as the back-end of the publishing industry the bit that the reader never sees or even knows exists. It's delivered with a light touch but gives the book real depth. I was impressed. **** --Bookbag.co.uk --Bookbag.co.uk
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Tragedy seems to follows Jeanne Le Page around . . .
Can she really go through it again and survive?
Jeanne Le Page is lucky to be alive … 15 years ago she was almost killed in a boating accident which brought heart-breaking family tragedy. Now 31, Jeanne is returning reluctantly to the Island of Guernsey following the death of her beloved Grandmother. Struggling for breath as the ferry nears the Island, Jeanne feels a dark foreboding overwhelm her as hazy memories of that terrible day resurface.
Only back on the Island to sell her inheritance - her Grandmother’s old cottage - she has no intention of sticking around to pick up her old life. But the cottage holds a secret, dating back to World War II, and Jeanne becomes drawn into discovering more. Then ,shortly after her arrival, a chance meeting with an old teenage crush leads her to thoughts of love.
Jeanne is forced to face her demons, reliving the tragedy as her lost memory returns.
The truth is finally revealed, endangering Jeanne’s life for a second time…

Dangerous Waters is a heart-warming contemporary romance that captures the reader’s imagination, written in a style compared to that of Maeve Binchy.
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"The island of Guernsey is so vividly evoked, one feels as if one is walking its byways. An atmospheric and tantalising read" -- Elizabeth Bailey The Gilded Shroud 'Anne's characters are well formed and likeable (or unlikeable as the case may be)... The two types of story intertwine without the awkwardness sometimes found in this genre. A pleasant diversion" -- Chris Wible The Shepherd's Image 'I've never been to Guernsey but I'm determined to go now that I've read this book. It's a book you can settle into and really enjoy, but it's a lot more than chick-lit. There's an intriguing mystery, a finish which had me reading into the early hours of the morning and an insight into what I think of as the back-end of the publishing industry - the bit that the reader never sees or even knows exists. It's delivered with a light touch but gives the book real depth. I was impressed. ****' -- Bookbag.co.uk

About the Author

Anne Allen lives by the sea in Devon and has three children and two grandchildren. A restless soul, she has moved around and spent many years in Guernsey after falling in love with the island. By profession a psychotherapist, Anne has drawn on her experience to write this book. She is currently writing Finding Mother, another book set predominantly in Guernsey.

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  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sarnia Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GCD1KFS
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Waters October 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure how I would feel about Anne Allen's Dangerous Waters when I picked it up but I was pleasantly surprised with what I discovered between these pages.

I've never been to Guernsey, but it came alive for me under Allen's pen. A place caught between old traditions and the need to forge ahead, defined by an interesting combination of English and French culture. Allen's descriptions are a testament to her obvious love of the island and its history.

While I greatly enjoyed the various storylines, I can't help feeling that there might not have been enough cohesion between them. Jeanne's personal relationship woes, the renovating of her grandmother's cottage, and the mystery of the letters she discovers in the attic played well together, but I felt they were in competition with the tragedy of her parents' death, the threats on her own life and the intrigue of who is responsible and why. I have nothing against genre crossing, but I am not entirely convinced that combining chick lit and thriller played all the elements of Allen's story to their best advantage.

Despite not being quite as polished as I would have liked, I found Dangerous Waters to be a beautiful story of love, loss, and renewal. A wonderful debut from a promising new writer.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising above Dangerous Waters June 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book was given to me for an honest review by the author.
Dangerous Waters is a heartwarming novel set on the Channel Island of Guernsey. It is located off the coast of both England and France, but is in fact, closer to France. It is a wonderful novel of tragedy, heartbreak, renewal and love.
Our story starts with the main character Jeanne LePage, traveling back to Guernsey after the death of her grandmother. She was born there, and spent most of her life until the age of sixteen, when tragedy struck. She lost her parents, and very nearly her own life. After several days in the hospital, she was sent to live with her Aunt Kate in the U.K. She has absolutely no memory of that day, just persistent nightmares, that she is not even sure are caused by actual memories. Jeanne has been named sole beneficiary of her grandmother's estate. She is staying with friends, who are like family to her, until she can get an idea of what is entailed in making the little house livable.
We then follow her trip down the road of discovering so many things about her grandmother, the house, and even quite a bit about herself. She resumes friendships, interrupted by her time away. The mystery of the house, her Grandmother, and the terrible day she so wants to remember to bring the person responsible to justice, unfolds in front of us.
I totally enjoyed this novel, it kept me reading long into the night. I wish Ms. Allen would write a sequel, so we could see where Jeanne and all the characters are today! I can give this novel nothing but high praise, and am very grateful for the privilege of reading it. I have recommended it to several friends, and our neighborhood book club!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! November 18, 2013
By DebKell
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everyday I would come home from work and wonder what Jeanne was doing! Jeanne is the main character in this book and she was so very likable I just wanted her story to never end. It has long been on my bucket list to visit Guernsey, Jersey and the south shore of England--Dover, Brighton--and this just reinforced that wish. The storyline was so engaging that I want to know more--does Jeanne's book become a best seller? Do she and Nick have children? How does the cottage look when finished? How are their friends? Then, lo and behold, in her next book the author weaves Jeanne and Nick into the storyline and my questions get answered! This is masterful writing. The story flows along so smoothly and the characters are so richly drawn that like a magnet you can't resist the pull to keep reading. I was just sad when it ended--I wanted to keep in touch with all the wonderful characters I met in this book.

I hope there are more books coming from this author about this part of the world!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
DANGEROUS WATERS by Anne Allen is a gentle stream, enjoyable and not difficult to negotiate. While the pace is slower than I would have liked, the plotline and island descriptions more than make up for that issue, and I give it 3 stars.

In DANGEROUS WATERS, Jeanne Le Page returns to her beloved Guernsey after a bad break-up and miscarriage, in order to deal with an inheritance received from her grandmother. While determining what to do with her grandmother's cottage, orchard, garden and possessions, Jeanne resolves to put the mystery of her parents' deaths to rest, but then she unwittingly digs up more mysteries to solve. Add in some romantic drama and new employment opportunities, and Jeanne definitely gets more than she bargained for by moving back home.

I enjoyed DANGEROUS WATERS, even though it took me some time to get into the story. The pace is a little on the slow side, but one could consider that as part of illustrating the pace of life on Guernsey. I was determined to press on because of the fabulous descriptions of the island and island living. I definitely want to visit now.

Other than the pace, the book was remarkable, with some lovely historical aspects interwoven with the drama of Jeanne's efforts to build a new life. The characters were authentic and well-illustrated. I could have used some extra scenes developing the successful romantic relationship in the book, but what was provided was blessedly free from the typical romance novel melodrama.

The romance seemed to be part of the backdrop to the other mysteries in the book, and as such, love scenes were appropriately brief and nondescript. DANGEROUS WATERS rates about a 2 on the heat level scale, appropriate for those 16 and over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't hold my interest
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am sorry to say I found this book to be very superficial and slow paced. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Marli7
4.0 out of 5 stars WILL WARM YOUR HEART
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The setting is on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Closer to France but located off the coasts of England and France. This book is so heartwarming. Read more
Published 12 days ago by gayle pace
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric,gently paced and full of mystery and romance
This delightful story reflects the island life it depicts; atmospheric, gently paced and full of mystery and romance. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jolliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
A bit predictable but a fun read.
Published 16 days ago by Linda L. McGranahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Guernsey story!
An excellent read. Page turning, I really enjoyed it.
Published 21 days ago by Julia Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much
I enjoyed this book very much. I think books on the Channel Islands are especially interesting. I loved the remodeling of the old house she inherited. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Vera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed reading this book. Look forward to reading more by Anne Allen
Published 23 days ago by Florence Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
This was a very absorbing story,made me feel that I was truly part of it. I would give it 4 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Wilma Arnold
3.0 out of 5 stars But I was disappointed with the last several chapters
I was intrigued by the plot of the story. But I was disappointed with the last several chapters.
Published 2 months ago by Judy
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first
This book was a well written mystery that I found interesting. I enjoyed the description of the island of Guermsey off the Jersey shore of England and since this is book one,I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Lover
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More About the Author

Anne was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and 2 small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for twelve years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London - ideal for city breaks ☺

By profession Anne is a psychotherapist who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters,her first novel,was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver(Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012. Her second,Finding Mother, was runner-up in Family Sagas in the 2013 SpaSpa Awards. The third in The Guernsey Novels series, Guernsey Retreat, will be published in August 2014.
To find out more about Anne visit her website - www.anneallen.co.uk
You can also find her on twitter - @AnneAllen21
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anne-Allen-Author/

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