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Seldom Come By (The Iceberg Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sherryl Caulfield
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you crave epic, adventurous love stories, if Jamie and Claire, Alexander and Tatiana or Nathaniel and Elizabeth mean something to you, then meet Samuel and Rebecca and the iceberg that started it all.

Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebeca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family. Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers.

Knowing Rebecca is home safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path. Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.

"Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story — a great accomplishment and a wonderful read."
Julie Fison, author of teenage romances in the Hardie Grant 'Smitten' series

"I read the first chapter of Seldom Come By in the Romance Writers of Australia's Ripping Start Competition and was immediately taken in by the beautiful descriptions, world building and the unique and soulful characterisation. And now that I’ve had the opportunity to read it all, I can say the whole book is wonderful, a real pleasure to read. The quality of writing is excellent and the story atmospheric and intriguing. Brilliant, absolutely beautiful."
Babette Furster, Romance Writers of Australia, Ripping Start Judge 2013

"Great job on creating that ‘fogged-in’ atmosphere that Newfoundland is famous for. I have lived that ‘fogged-in’ feeling many times. The iceberg was an amazing scene to experience. That sense of longing and yearning that followed was palpable. And from there the tension and excitement just grew, with scenes that were wrenching, breathtaking and moving."
Leah Sparkes, native Newfoundlander

"I loved the style of this book and the blossoming romance between Samuel and Rebecca. Their intense love for each other reminded me of Tatiana and Alexander. This book has a slow build then at a certain point it takes off and it is absolutely gripping. You are on the very edge of you seat. Your mouth is open. I so admire Rebecca — her strength to prevail through heartache and sadness, tragedy and loss, her toughness as a younger woman living in Newfoundland, and then later how she managed to come to terms with everything. Some scenes were particularly moving — tears down my face. This book has it all. I was enthralled. I simply could not put it down!"
Su Sprott, reader

"Set on the edge of Newfoundland, Seldom Come By tells the love story of shipwreck survivor Samuel Dalton and his rescuer, teenage Rebecca Crowe. The author's breathtaking descriptions of sea and landscapes and the historical setting drew me into the first few pages of the book but the relationships between the characters kept me reading. A shocking event that occurred about halfway through the book compelled me to finish the book in only two more sittings. I feel that the book's themes of love, loss, forgiveness and healing would make it a terrific book club pick and lead to great discussions. I look forward to reading the author's next two books in this series."
Rochelle Braun, reader


Product Details

  • File Size: 2907 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Pocket Publishing (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8J4KRU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unique concepts ever. March 21, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Well.. I was quite surprised at the length of this novel when I received it. The book itself is huge. It required a lot of reading so I was hoping it would turn out to be a great book! Let's see now .. I adore historical fiction, I wouldn't say it's my favorite genre, but I love books set in a historical time. It helps me learn more about the time and place it took place - we should have these novels in educational settings instead of giant textbooks which teach us nothing.

I haven't read too many novels on icebergs, actually I haven't read any novels based on this setting. The only thing close to it I've seen is the movie Titanic. The concept itself is really amazing - two teens on a iceberg. Rebecca and Samuel cross each other's paths and change each other's lives in various ways. Rebecca discovers Samuel when she saves him from a shipwreck. Finally, we have a novel where the heroine actually saves the hero, instead of vice versa. I liked the relationship they had with each other, it was intriguing. Rebecca and Samuel are basically opposite attracts. Samuel is quite different from Rebecca and her family. The author sure has a fine eye for imagery as well, I liked reading about the various landscapes and scenes. It was vivid in detail, and I could literally picture the places in my mind.

I liked that this novel wasn't solely a love story. Seldom Come By also focuses on the Canadian War experiences and the hardships people suffered, as well as the nation. It is about family, forgiveness, and consequences. I found it to be a beautiful read.

As I have said before, the book itself is quite lengthy and takes a while to finish even if you're a fast reader like I am. Perhaps, it would have been better if the book was more shorter.
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Seldom Come By, written by author Sherryl Caulfield, is a book published about a year ago and is set-up to be a trilogy. At almost 500 pages, this book is an epic within itself and I had to start reading on it much earlier than most and give time to place myself into the beautiful Newfoundland setting and place, which is WWI. The book opens just two years after an iceberg sunk the Titanic.

Since I generally don't re-hash plots, even if I did this one is much too large to do so, and I'd want you as a reader to experience it for yourself because it really is a book you must immerse yourself in. If you like large romantic epics, this book is for you! I highly recommend it for a long holiday break read, snuggled up with a warm blanket, comfy socks, and your fireplace if you need one. Be sure to have a box of Kleenex on hand as well.

Even though it's a very long book, it isn't sapped down with a lot of unnecessary details or rambling passages. The book moves with fairly good momentum but over a large span of time. There are happy time and sad times, it is an emotional roller coaster, as many epic novels are I suppose. She really sets up her couple as a memorable partnership that you find yourself caring about, and pulling for, and imagining what their life must have been like at that time in history. It was an interesting take on another country's part in WWI as well as the hardships people endured during it.

I enjoyed her sense of place during the bright times and her details of the locations. It certainly made me want to travel, except during the dark, cold times! The times during war were pretty dreary and sad and not as interesting to me as the times they shared together. I was sad for the many things Rebecca endured in her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seldom Come By December 3, 2014
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Rebecca Crowe and her family live in a small town in Newfoundland. Rebecca loves to watch the icebergs float by on the ocean. One day while spotting icebergs, Rebecca sees a small boat floating, when she paddles out to get the boat, she finds a shipwrecked man. When the man, Samuel, wakes, Rebecca is the first person he sees. Samuel feels indebted to the Crow family for his survival and stays to help them throughout his recovery. Though Samuel is nineteen and Rebecca is fourteen, Samuel finds common ground with Rebecca. When the Great War begins, Samuel must return home to Toronto. However, the Crowe family and Rebecca stay in his mind and Samuel returns to them three years later to find a grown Rebecca and renew their spark.

An absolutely astonishing, epic historical romance. As someone who is not always fond of romances, this book kept me interested the whole way through. The beautiful descriptions brought me to the distinct landscape of the Newfoundland coast, also the details of different icebergs brought out their beauty, uniqueness and made them a gorgeous setting for a romance. The characters are developed with intensity and emotion. Rebecca is joyful, adventurous and hard working with a strong sense of wonder, making her easy to identify with and ride her wave of emotions as the book advances. The historical aspects of the story were also gripping. It was interesting to see Canada's involvement in the Great War and the impacts it had on the country. There is also a point of view from the trenches, read through Samuel's brother, Matthew's point of view that is raw and honest. Seldom Come By is an emotional roller coaster of a story that is high in anticipation from page to page.

This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first novel, highly recommended
Excellent, moving with an interesting plot and characters. Highly recommended. My book club loved it.
Published 27 days ago by Wendy Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite historical fiction tale of love and loss
I'm so happy I said yes to reading this beautiful story, it was everything promised and more, and the lovely Sherryl Caulfield is a local Brisbane author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sheree Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read.
The characters are very real, I was hooked into their lives and all of them mattered to me. Silas was the one I found it hard to find compassion for - he is quite superstitious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathryn @theBookDate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Warrtime romance
Well written evocative love story from Newfoundland , twists, turns and a great read looking forward to the next 2 books in the series.
Reminiscent of the Bronze Horseman
Published 10 months ago by Margaret McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BOOK
I wish I could have rated this book with more stars than 5. The author has done a wonderful job with this well written book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Loghome
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ! HAD a couple of surprises that I was not expecting
Hi I have read Seldom Come By and it was a real surprise. It had twists and turn that I was not suspecting and it was a very enjoyable read. It is a good holdiay read.
Published 12 months ago by Carleen Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping historical fiction with engaging characters set among...
Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre and this book captures the elements perfectly. An engaging, strong heroine, a dashing, honorable stranger, a brutal daily life... Read more
Published 13 months ago by talldede
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first novel
Fantastic book, I really enjoyed this one. It did take me a little while to get into the story at first, but Sherryl does a terrific job of really endearing you to her fascinating... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bec
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me hooked in...
I must admit this isn't my usual genre for books, but......OMG what a read!!
I often judge a book or film by how it affects me after the experience, by how much it moves me... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pete Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heartbreaking and romantic
First of all, I need to thank the person on our Facebook page who recommended this to me a couple of weeks ago. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hildy @ The Book Bosses
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Sherryl Caulfield is an Australian-born marketer, traveller and writer. After twenty years working for some of the world's leading technology companies and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature. Haunted by an encounter with a woman she met whilst travelling through Canada, she started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy.

You can find out more about Sherryl on her author site: http://www.sherrylcaulfield.com

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