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Who Is He? (Southern Seas Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Gwendoline Ewins
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Book Description

Historical drama, sensual, intended for 17+ readers.
London, 1806: "I have a cabin booked on the 'Cambray' bound for the Southern Seas," he announces mere hours before they are to be joined as one in the sight of God and Mama and Papa and her very best friend Deborah.
Hester had fallen in love with him at first sight, but that was before she knew his true character. Now his ridiculous prank has forced them into a marriage neither wants. Worse, he intends to set sail immediately after the ceremony leaving her to endure - alone - the pity of so-called friends. Not likely!
Luke is astounded when she insists on sailing with him even though she is literally green before they board the ship, and he has warned her the voyage will be long and arduous. All he can do is insist she constantly drink to replenish the loss of liquid and wrap her in blankets against the cold air.
Yet against all odds they become friends, on the ship and when they set up home in Tahiti. Their friendship deepens in a culture far different than they had known, and becomes abiding love as they experience more joy than either had thought possible, more grief than either could bear alone.

(More of Hester and Luke appears in "Drums")


The Southern Seas Series tells the stories of people who find themselves - for all sorts of reasons - on remote coral islands in the 1800's. They include single men, husbands and wives, daughters and sons, adventurers, seafarers, missionaries, traders, teachers, botanists, artists, beachcombers.

In "Who is He?" an artist is attracted by Polynesia's vibrant light - but hadn't expected to bring a wife along with him.
"A Perfect Wife for Peregrine Winthrop" is about a young man who relies on the opinion of others rather than choosing the perfect wife for himself. He quickly rues his foolishness.
"Unexpected Hero" is about a man and a woman who have been acquainted forever but only really meet when tragedy has him sail to her aid.
"Drums" tells the story of a destitute teacher who witnesses the slaughter of a man she has never met yet agreed to marry while a man thanks God for his wife's betrayal.
"The Mistake" will be published soon. It tells the story of Joshua who blithely believes he and vivacious Susannah are destined to live happily ever - until she makes a mistake he is unable to forgive.


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About the Author

I went where my husband's work took him. Before we settled in New Zealand we spent a decade in Polynesia on a spectacular tiny island thrust out of a purple sea. It was a time of enormous contrasts: best time in my life, worst time in my life; best climate in the world, highest humidity in the world. My working life has also included being a secretary in the Suez Canal Company, a nurse at the London Hospital, P.A. to a manager in Boots the Chemist, a youthworker. I was a "very" mature student and completed a master's degree in sociology. As a psychodramatist I worked for another decade with parents moving towards being the best parent they could be. These days I write. And I write.

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  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
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  • Publisher: Gwendoline Ewins (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATJ5U4I
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marriage of discovery January 16, 2013
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The marriage of Hester and Luke has an inauspicious beginning. At first it is a tentative tip-toeing into their feelings for each other until they gradually discover and are utterly surprised by their passion.

The backdrop to the story is Tahiti with its South Seas vibrancy, where Hester and Luke throw off the constraints of 19th century England and allow their love to deepen to withstand heartbreak and hardship as well as living their lives to the full in this tropical paradise.

The characters are well-drawn and the story unfolds gently.

The brief appearance of two characters from another of the South Seas series books is done seamlessly and well.

I enjoyed this book immensely.

Barbara Arnold
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read January 27, 2013
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This book is a lovely gentle read. The characters are convincing, and the descriptions of the islands are really evocative. The author clearly knows the Pacific well. Hester is a delightful character, I only wish the book were a little longer so there was more about how she adapted to life in the South Seas, and how she faced her challenges over time (trying to avoid a spoiler here!). More books please! i want to read the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this one February 3, 2013
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Don't usually buy historical romance much less read! But hey these are by Gwen! So... With trepidation started. Of course a delightful surprise. These are not your usual romances. These are stories of people who feel real, anguishing through to loving people. The cultural differences in Victorian missionary Pacifika are delightfully played out - a bit more like a coming of age then romance.
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I've always been intrigued by what took people to remote places so it is no surprise that my stories are usually set on isolated islands in the southern seas, especially since I lived on one myself for many years.
"My" small island was surrounded by never-ending sea - I can still feel the desolation of watching a rare ship sail of the bay.
That island of mine was first inhabited years ago as Polynesians left "Havaiiki" in search of something better or simply different and found strings of spectacular islands and atolls rising out of the sea. They travelled on fragile trimarans that should have sunk but survived the long voyage. They were courageous people, intelligent and beautiful with a lusty appreciation of sex.
Then Europeans came - traders and missionaries, whalers and sandalwood gatherers. Most of them were men who might well have thought they'd died and gone to heaven because of all the sex and erotic dancing under the moon, but by the end of the 1790's the missionaries were coming and brought wives with them. They set up schools and reduced the language to writing. Polynesian script became an art form.
The clash of cultures would have been enormous - how to express joy or grief, for example. Beliefs about sensuality and promiscuity were miles apart and so was the attitude towards possessions - Polynesians took it for granted everything was to be shared while "sharing" was tantamount to theft to the Europeans. To put it simply, Polynesians believed this was right and that was wrong and Europeans believed differently. This is the world where my heroines and heroes live.
Luke Wainwright is an artist attracted by Polynesia's vibrant light, but he hadn't expected to bring a wife along with him. He was forced into a marriage with Hester because by the strict rules of regency England he had played the fool once too often. ("Who is He?")
A young man relies on others to choose the perfect wife for him, only to suffer the consequences. His wedding night is a nightmare - and that is just the beginning. ("A Perfect Wife for Peregrine Winthrop")
Two wounded people have been acquainted forever but only truly meet when tragedy strikes and he sails to her aid. ("Unexpected Hero")
Amelia is a destitute teacher who witnesses the slaughter of a man she has never met yet agreed to marry, while Guy thanks God for his wife's betrayal - without it he would never have prepared for the worst. ("Drums")
"Mistake" is still being written. Joshua, one of the seafaring Churnsides, blithely believes he is destined to live happily ever after with Reverend Browning's daughter Susannah - until she makes a mistake he is unable to forgive.

More about me and the world of my characters is on my website: http://www.gwendoline-ewins.com

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