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Seal Island

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Cecil Hargrave lives in a cramped apartment in New York City, hates her job, and has no close friends. She yearns for something more, but what?

When Cecil inherits a beachfront house and a thriving business on picturesque Seal Island in Maine, she jumps at the opportunity to kickstart her life, despite her reservations about moving to New England. But even if stereotypes h
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Tor Paranormal Romance
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I read Kate Brallier's more recent release, The Boundless Deep, first and loved it so thought I would give this one a try. The first 200 pages took me awhile to get through and I was close to getting frustrated and shelve it... boy am I glad I didn't. The second half definitely picked up and the last 200 pages I went through in 1 afternoon! I had kind of figured out the "bad" guy early on in the book but still I wasn't sure... some of what I suspected early on in the book was correct (Brallier l ...more
I bought this book after reading her second novel "The Boundless Deep. While I enjoyed that book, I loved this one for it's more simplicity. It was an easier read and I enjoyed the characters more. It is dreamy, romantic and suspenseful. This novel was particularly refreshing because it was supernatural, but different from the vampire, werewolve, shift-shaper novels that are really in abundance now.
I'm quite astounded that this book was not listed here - not only have I read it, but I offered it up as a ring and it travelled to and was read by 20 bookcrossers in Europe, Canada and the USA. I did first read it in 2005, so I guess I was not yet registered here at Goodreads, nor was I aware of its existence. Anyway, after several years of travelling - first sent off in March 2006, it returned to me in December 2011. It has now been on my shelf for a while, and as part of a mooch I offered to ...more
Nov 15, 2007 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gothic romance readers, those who like Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt
Shelves: romance
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Romance/2005/466 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Maine
CHARACTERS: Cecil Hargrave/
FIRST LINES:Sometimes all it takes to change your life is a single instant: no one knows that better than I. But the last thing I had expected, in early June of what some people might call the new millennium, was to find myself flying to Bangor, Maine, w/ my stable old life behind me, the bulk of my pos
This is a great book if you are looking for that wonderful feeling of life in a small coastal town in a house that has a cozy-cottage feel, with the main character having a lovely choice to make between two great but very different guys, with a mystery to figure out for additional interest. You can almost smell the salt air, and picture the house, guys and area long after you've read the book. (I read the book a few years ago and still can picture the area & characters as I did when reading ...more
Strange but wonderful book.
wish my life would have this adventure. i enjoyed the fantasy and story.
Jane Skretvedt
Another author that pays attention to detail without being overly verbose. Things that may seem out of place or don't make sense when you are first reading it come around to tie up the story very nicely. Well developed characters and interesting twists. I'll definitely be looking for more books by her!
It started out a bit slow, but it really drew me in about half-way through. I especially liked the Legend of the Selkies that was woven into the story. I also enjoyed reading about Cecil's transformation from being an outsider to discovering where she belonged and what she was meant to do.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
What can I say? A friend warned me that I might not like this book but I just had to try to satisfy my curiosity;) I read about a hundred pages and then just gave up, this book just didn't do it for me.
Orchid McMillan
I think the only reason I was drawn into this book was because it is based in my hometown state of Maine. It was a fun romantic read, but felt as thought it was lacking something throughout.
predicted the entire book fifty pages in. i kept reading because i hate wasted three hundred pages on boringness and i wanted the gratification of knowing my predictions were right.
Lori Mason
A good read, a little suspenseful. Did not end as I thought it would. Authentic Maine setting (real places).
This was a nicely written mystery/romance. I really enjoyed it.
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