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Dangerous Waters (The Guernsey Novels #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  249 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
'Oh my God, what's happening to me? After all this time, please, not again!'
Jeanne Le Page, gripped by fear and panic, struggles to breathe as the ferry arrives in Guernsey, the island she had fled 15 years before, traumatised by a family tragedy.Now she has to return after her grandmother's death. Jeanne has inherited her cottage and she plans to sell it before returning
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Matador
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Jun 11, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel ‘Dangerous Waters’ Anne Allen has knocked it out of the ballpark. Part mystery, part romance, this cozy novel has the reader drawn in from the first paragraph until the last page, and they will be wanting more. With her writing style in the leagues of Maeve Binchey, who she incidentally mentions in the book, Anne has classed herself with the best in women’s lit.

Jeanne Le Page is a thirty-something writer who has experienced more than her share of loss in her life. Her ruined r
Jan Moran
Oct 29, 2012 Jan Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authentic, suspenseful, endearing!

Dangerous Waters is the story of a young woman, Jeanne, who has returned to the island of Guernsey to settle the estate of her grandmother, whose cottage she has inherited. Coming at a fortuitous time in her life--she has just suffered the demise of a relationship--Jeanne sets about renovating the old home.

During the renovation, Jeanne finds a series of love letters written during World War II from a German soldier to her grandmother. These letters, and her gran
Jennie -  Webbweaver Reviews
Going back to the island of Guernsey, Jeanne knew it would be difficult but facing her demons turned out to be the easy part. 
After losing her parents in a boating accident as a 16 year old, Jeanne bears many internal scars. The problem is they are buried so deeply that she eventually decides to try hypnosis in an attempt to finally heal. 
What Jeanne uncovers, however, is a lot more than she ever expected.  Someone on the island doesn't want her to remember and wants the past to remain buried. S
Sep 01, 2012 Eline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, review
Although I needed some time to get "into the book", I must say "Dangerous Waters" by Anne Allen is a must read for chicklit lovers as well as for mystery lovers (and others of course). Even if you don't think it's your taste, you have to continue and give it more than a chance! The writing of Anne Allen gets better and better throughout the book. I thought the book went from "Hmm I like it" to "Oeeeeh I really like it" to "I just loved the story".

The reason I "only" gave 4 stars is that I found
Jun 06, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was given to me for an honest review by the author.

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
Jun 16, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
“Dangerous Waters”

Jeanne Le Page’s life changes dramatically when she returns to the island of Guernsey to claim her grandmother’s inheritance—a cottage in need of major repairs. The island was her former home before a mysterious accident took her parents’ lives fifteen years earlier. Although Jeanne witnessed the traumatic incident, she can’t recall it.

The thirty-something Jeanne is a protagonist for whom we develop an instant liking. We watch as she remains in Guernsey and oversees cottage ren
‘Was it a real memory or was her mind playing tricks on her?’

We meet writer Jeanne Le Page as she is on the ferry returning to her home on the island of Guernsey for the first time in many years. After the mysterious death of her parents, a riddle that has still never been solved, she is revisiting the place to sort out affairs after the death of her Grandmother who has left her old cottage to Jeanne. Having experienced a difficult, unhappy time in her life recently, Jeanne might be glad of the
Kim Nash
Feb 17, 2013 Kim Nash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable book that I couldn't put down.

Jeanne Le Page, arrives in Guernsey on a ferry and has a panic attack. She hasn't been back for fifteen years, since she was the only survivor of a boating accident which involved her parents. Her grandmother has also now died and she has returned to the island because she has inherited her cottage.

Jeanne has to make a decision as to whether she should sell the cottage, do it up and sell it, or do it up and live in it herself. It is the latt
May 03, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Waters by Anne Allen
Reviewer: Maureen (BookishMagpie)

Set on the island of Guernsey, Dangerous Waters by Anne Allen is a captivating story about a young woman reluctantly returning to her birthplace after a family tragedy that occurred fifteen years before. Jeanne Le Page has tried to forget about the terrifying incident when she lost both her parents but now her beloved grandmother has died and left her cottage to Jeanne.

Jeanne's initial plan is to stay just long enough to sell her in
Laura Thomas
Aug 29, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After breaking up with her boyfriend and having a miscarriage, Jeanne is barely hanging on. Then she receives a phone call informing her that her grandmother has died and she is the sole heir to her holdings.

Her return to the Isle of Guernsey was supposed to be brief, say goodbye to her beloved gran, sell the cottage, and get off the island.

She left the island when she was 16 years old, vowing never to return. She was the only survivor of a boating incident that killer both of her parents. She s
Jul 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Waters follows Jeanne as she tries to adjust to life on an island she once loved, one which now holds such horrific memories.

Life has not been great for Jeanne lately and then she gets a call to say that her grandmother has passed away on the island of Guernsey, the island that was once Jeanne's home until she left at the age of 16 after her parents' murders. Jeanne reluctantly has to go back to put her grandmothers affairs in order since she's the last of her family line.

Jeanne starts
Jane Hunt
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This delightful story reflects the island life it depicts; atmospheric, gently paced and full of mystery and romance. The characters are crafted realistically and easy to visualise. This is not an action packed read but the laid back writing style draws the reader into island society and culture. The cast of secondary characters give the story its depth and variety and bring the island communi
Jeri Walker
Jul 11, 2012 Jeri Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiction often introduces readers to new settings, and the best writing makes those places come to life. Anne Allen’s novel Dangerous Waters beautifully captures the essence of the Island of Guernsey. Jeanne returns to the island from the English mainland after a 15 year absence to put her recently departed grandmother’s affairs in order. It’s soon evident how strongly she is connected to the ancient cottage her grandmother called home.

Jeanne doesn’t initially plan on staying, but the pull of the
Jo Barton
Sep 15, 2013 Jo Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeanne le Page has returned to the island of Guernsey to manage her inheritance, which is a cottage left to her by her grandmother, and which evokes memories of Jeanne’s childhood, and the time before she lost her parents in a tragic accident at sea. Jeanne’s life is in transition, with a disastrous personal relationship behind her, she realises that she has some important life decisions to make, and Guernsey seems like the ideal place for her to take stock of her life. During an examination of ...more
Helen Baggott
Jun 20, 2012 Helen Baggott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re thinking of wandering into a virtual bookshop, looking for that perfect summer read, browse no further than Anne Allen’s novel, Dangerous Waters.

Set on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey, Anne’s novel has all the elements to keep you enthralled, entertained and eagerly anticipating every morsel – literally.

I’m not a cook, nor a gardener – but I love watching programmes about food and flowers. And so it is with Dangerous Waters.

Jeanne returns to the island to take care of her l
Sonya Alford
Aug 05, 2012 Sonya Alford rated it really liked it
'Dangerous Waters' is Anne Allen’s first novel. I was asked by Anne if I would review her book and as it appealed to me I was more than happy to. This is a story of mystery, loss and love.

Fifteen years ago, Jeanne Le Page was involved in an awful boating accident in which she lost both her mother and father. Unable to cope and suffering from traumatic amnesia she fled from the island of Guernsey. Now after learning of her grandmother’s death, Jeanne has to return there to sort out her affairs i
Billy Buttons
Jul 15, 2013 Billy Buttons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awarded the Silver medal in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards (adult fiction) and is highly recommended by our readers.

Dangerous Waters – FEEDBACK

Cover – All of the Readers thought the cover was OK and professional-looking. They particularly liked the colours and fonts. They did suggest a stronger (clearer) image for the front and suggested removing the last paragraph of the blurb as, basically, it ‘gives the game away’ i.e. at the end, everything will work out fine.

Yvonne Mendez
Oct 11, 2012 Yvonne Mendez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favorite stories have to do with people starting a new life in a new city or country. In the case of Dangerous Waters Jeanne Le Page starts her new life by coming back to her hometown of Guernsey.

Jeanne left the island at age 16 after her parents died in a boating accident which she survived and can't remember. The death of her Grandmother and a painful break-up brought her back to Guernsey where she began to reconnect with childhood friends. Her initial intention was to settle her Gr
Rabid Readers Reviews
eanne LePage is a writer and a reader and in the novel shows herself to be fan of Maeve Binchy and Katie Fforde. I have never read Katie Fforde (though readers of this blog will know her distant cousin Jasper to be my favorite author) but I have read Binchy and the tone of Dangerous Waters – Mystery, loss and love on the island of Guernsey has the sound and feel of that authors work. Not in the sense of a copy but in the spirit of the characters and narrative.Jeanne is a damaged young woman. She ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, to-review, 4

Dangerous Waters is combination of mystery, intrigue and romance. Jeanne; our main character, returns to her childhood home of Guernsey after the death of her grandmother. It’s difficult for her to revisit the place because her parents had died there in an ‘accident’ fifteen years ago, and this is the first time she has been back. It soon becomes clear that their death may have been murder and that now she has returned Jeanne’s life could also be in danger.

The descriptions coupled with the histo
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received a copy of this book to provide an honest review. This is a mixture of mystery and romance. Jeanne the main female character grew up in Guernsey, however after the trauma experienced as a result of her parents death she had moved to London at the age of sixteen. She had no memory of the tragedy. She was forced to return to the island due the death of her Grandmother. She was edgy about returning but she was willing to face her fears and deal with the issues at hand.

On her return she un
Gayle Pace
Oct 13, 2014 Gayle Pace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The setting is on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Closer to France but located off the coasts of England and France. This book is so heartwarming. It has tragedy, love, and heartbreak. You can't help but love the main character, Jeanne LePage who travels to Guernsey after her grandmother dies. Guernsey was Jeanne's birthplace and until sixteen, she had lived her life there. Then Tragedy struck. She lost her parents and nearly herself. She went to live in the U.K. with her Aunt Kate. Consta
Susan Ashcraft
May 06, 2012 Susan Ashcraft rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wnr
At 16, Jeanne was a happy young woman who loved her family, the sea and her Guernsey home. One horrible day she lost her parents and her love for the sea and within days her Guernsey home. After 15 years away, Jeanne Le Page is finally coming home to Guernsey.

Meeting up with old friends, feeling the fresh ocean breezes on her skin, having a safe haven have all caused her to think about being home and perhaps returning to Guernsey for good.

Still, its not the homecoming she had wanted. Her gran's
Nicola Smith
Jul 01, 2013 Nicola Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeanne used to live in Guernsey but with the death of her parents moved to live with her aunt in England. Now her Grandmother has died and she has just gone through a horrible break up, she has to go back to the island to sort out some things. There are a lot of unanswered questions about her parents death and she doesn't know if she will ever find out what really went on. While she is there a lot goes on in her life and after she inherits her Grandmothers cottage, she decides to stay and renova ...more
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Jul 27, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tlani-s-reviews
What can I say apart from great reading! While this book isn’t the type of genre I have read of late, it was a refreshingly good old romance. Throw in a bit of drama, mystery and heartbreak along the way and Anne has successfully glued me to the pages.

The main character Jeanne, finds herself back where her life first fell apart, and she does not like it one bit. During the course of this lovely tale, she comes to find she is a lot stronger than she thought. She discovers a lot of new things abou
Oct 27, 2014 Marli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am sorry to say I found this book to be very superficial and slow paced. The author would introduce an intriguing element such as the bedroom that only felt cold to her then she would take us endlessly through daily mundane descriptions. Most readers can imagine the characters getting dressed, showering, etc. Without having it described over and over. There were a lot of recipes in this book but no descriptions of how the f ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing read!! I absolutely loved it & can not fault anything about it!

The pacing was just right for this book. The characters were great! I especially loved Jeanne and Molly! Nick was great as well. I couldn't stand Marcus though. He seemed to be too needy and pushy which is what I think the author was trying to convey.

The plot is fairly predictable although there was one twist I didn't see coming!! However, this didn't put me off.

Dangerous Waters is such a sweet read, and it's r
May 31, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book itself is lovely in presentation, I won it on a goodreads giveaway and the author signed the book and put in a little note. This is her first book, and I couldn't recommend it enough!

I absolutley adored this book! I was totally absorbed in the story, it really has something for every one. I didn't know all that much about Guernsey before reading this book, but now I feel like I know quite a bit! The book is not only a story but is packed with information of the island, the history and e
Ann Smith
Oct 14, 2013 Ann Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this novel we follow Jeanne. This thirty-ish year old women has had more than her fair share of tragedy.
When she was 15 years old a tragic boating accident almost took her life, and did take the life of her parents. Presently she just broke up with her boyfriend and suffered a devastating miscarriage.

Now she learns that she is the sole beneficiary of her grandmothers estate and must return to her childhood town, Guernsey. A place she swore she would never set foot in again.
Little does she kno
Barbara Harris
Oct 17, 2013 Barbara Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite a treat.
A little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense. Oh, and definitely can't leave out the recipes!

I really enjoyed reading Jeanne's story. She was almost killed in a tragic accident when she was 15, and she lost her parents in the same accident.
As soon as she got a chance she ran as far away as possible and never looked back.

More than a decade later she has to return to handle her grandmothers affairs. She wanted to be in and out as soon as
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Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was ...more
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The Guernsey Novels (5 books)
  • Finding Mother (The Guernsey Novels, #2)
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