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- Book 1 of 4 in The Guernsey Novels (4 Book Series)
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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.
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!
I hope there are more books coming from this author about this part of the world!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book tremendously, I was a bit put off by the overemphasis on the love story. I love the references to Guernsey history and place names.Published 24 days ago by marie alexander
I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down, a wonderful story beautifully written. I have now purchased the author's other three books and cannot wait until I have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosemary Ault
a nice romance mystery that was not much of a mystery, although it tried to be.
The lead seemed a bit dim-witted, never connecting the obvious leads. Read more
I will be visiting guernsey in August so I liked all the different places mentioned. The story was okPublished 4 months ago by Penelope F Pinto
I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and easy to read. The mystery and romance kept me reading. Thanks JohnPublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really liked the way the author incorporated the local community of this land with the story . I really love reading about other countries and there history along with romance... Read morePublished 7 months ago by P.Joy
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am now looking forward to reading the rest of The Guernsey Novels of which this is the first of four already published. Read morePublished 8 months ago by LindyLouMac
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