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Good, but open ended.,
This review is from: Daughters of the Sea #1: Hannah (Hardcover)
Until I realized this was the first book in the series, I wouldn't have rated this book three stars based on the somewhat predictable plot.
Hannah is a scullery maid in Boston at the turn of the 19th century for a very elite family. Her past is clouded in fog, having grown up in an orphanage near the sea. She reaches the age where she is too old for adoption, and is trained to become a domestic servant.
Sent to Kansas, she is already beginning to feel sick. Even though she does not seem to know herself at this point, being so far from the sea begins to open her mind to possibilities that she is no ordinary young woman. Small salt crystals begin to fall off her skin like snowflakes, and she is immediately sent back to her orphanage in Boston.
Now a scullery maid, she begins to discover which rules to obey, and subsequently which ones to ignore. During her new life, she meets a painter who knows more about her than he admits. Their relationship revolves around a portrait of the family's three daughters, only two of which are ever really introduced.
Etta, or Henrietta, is the youngest and instantly warms up to Hannah. Lila, the middle daughter, is the chief antagonist of the novel. The eldest is a bookworm and has no influence on the novel in any way.
Without saying too much, I felt the novel was very open-ended and left few feelings of closure. Had there not been a second novel, I would wonder where the characters are when the story closes. I was left wanting more.
In all, the book is a fine introduction to a historically relevant world with more under the surface than presented. But the absence of a story arch suggests that a larger story is taking place, and the complete story can only be found through other volumes. A fine read as a stand alone, but not without a feeling of enjoyment or accomplishment.
Mr. Delzer is the author of The Buccaneer of Nemaris. The Buccaneer of Nemaris