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Heart of the Ocean

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A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . . What more could Eliza Robinson want?

Except for maybe her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Mirror Press, LLC
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Nikki Wilson
I like reading historical romance, but lately the stories of gentlemen and ladies and chivalry are all being taken over by forbidden sex and vulgar relationships. I want to read historical romance to escape to a time when morals were high and blushes were frequent. A time when a true gentleman would go at great lengths to make sure a lady's reputation wasn't compromised. I was beginning to think those books were dead. But Heart of the Ocean has restored my faith that those stories do exist. Not...more
Kristina Snyder
Heart of the Ocean was a magical book that enthralled me from the very first page. I loved everything about this book. It was full of romance, mystery, suspense, tragedy. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I also loved the fact that this book was historical fiction. That made it even better. The world-building in this story was well crafted and and well written. I was able to picture everything in my mind which made it more life like. The plot was well thought out. Every time I t...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Heart of the Ocean is a beautifully written book. It illustates the lifes of two young women. One is Eliza, the other the ghost of a young mother wanting her story to be told.

Eliza came to stay with her Puritan aunt after facing scandal in New York. She finds comfort in the simple ways of the Puritan people. Her peace is destroyed on a stormy night. She begins to hear the voice of a woman dead for twenty years. One the same night her aunt is murdered.

Charged with murder, she begincents to look f...more
Nov 30, 2012 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I first drafted this book in 2002, submitted a few places, got rejected, then set it aside. Now 10 years later, with about 15 other books written, I got brave and opened it again. And I STILL LOVED THE PLOT. So at least I had something to work with as I began a 2-month revision process. (yikes!)

You'll get a kick out of this part of the acknowledgments:

Like the ghostly voice of Helena, the voices of my critique group haunted me as I worked on revisions.

“Heather, where are we?”—Lu Ann
“Why is eve...more
Hmmmm...I am really not sure what I think of this book. During it I didn't care for it so much. Not a fan of the whole ghost thing. It wasn't overbearing, but I didn't really care for it. There was mystery, and romance, so I am not sure why I didn't love it. Looking back I did enjoy it but while reading it I wasn't totally engaged. Might have been just me and my mood at the time.

Moral Note: A handful of language (heck, dang, etc.) Some talk of a child born out of wedlock, nothing graphic there....more
I have reviewed many of Heather's books so it was a very interesting experience to review a book that was not written in the LDS Historical Fiction category. Heart of the Ocean is a historical fiction novel but it also contains elements of romance, mystery, and even paranormalcy (is that a word? :) It was definitely different than her other novels but written every bit as well as the rest.

I'm a huge fan of historical fiction so the time period that this book was set in really appealed to me. It...more
Ruth Hill
It seems that lately I am definitely reading books out of my typical genre, and this one certainly is. Yes, I read historical romances, but I generally avoid "ghost stories." But since this was being offered for review by someone I respect, I figured I would give it a try. And I am so glad I did!

First of all, the "ghost" bit is more like a Victorian ghost story. You never see the ghost, and though an important element, it is not scary. I can definitely say this book would not give me nightmares...more
Seriously, this book was spine-tingling. I read it late at night (stayed up until 1:30 a.m. one night to finish) and just being in a darkened room with the wind howling outside my window provided the perfect ambiance. The ghost angle to the book was spooky, the romance was sigh-worthy, and the mystery had several twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I had one angle figured out, but just as I was feeling all smug about that, the author threw a curve and I didn't know as much as I thought I...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 4.5

(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

Within my first few pages of reading, Heart of the Ocean already had me. I was anxious to know more about Eliza's life and the place where her parents had planned to hide her until the controversy she'd left in New York died down.

The setting was one of the strong points of this novel; Maybrook was definitely a breath of fresh air through the pages. I found it very easy to picture the cold, biting wind, the constant...more
3.5 stars. A quick easy read that I enjoyed. I felt like there were a couple of lost opportunities where the author could have explored the romance and mystery a bit more. Namely at the masquerade ball and when both Jon and Eliza were looking for his mother's journal. The character of Nathaniel turned a bit stalker like and really annoyed me because he reminded me of a guy I knew once who couldn't accept that I didn't want to date him any more, so not a good memory there.
I read this as part of the "Romance Through the Ages" collection, and thought it was one of the weaker stories in the collection.

Set mostly in historical New England, the story meandered needlessly, the ghost part was confusing because the ghost was sending such mixed messages ("Jump to your death! No, help me!"), and I got frustrated with the hero, who was jerking around the heroine--with whom he was supposedly in love--because he thinks he has to honor an engagement to a shallow bimbo who's p...more
Heather B Moore is one of my all time favorite authors. I have loved her scripture based historical fiction and I'm excited to have another genre to read by Heather. This one too is historical fiction, but it is a bit of a ghost story and a romance. It keep me reading into all hours of the night, not wanting to put it down. I didn't figure out all of the mystery till the very end. I loved the integrity the main characters showed, even when others around them didn't. I look forward to reading eve...more
Heather Moore is one of my favorite authors and I have loved every book of hers I have read so far. This time, I was fortunate enough to get an audiobook to listen to and I loved it! I thought the narrator, Erin Spencer, did a fantastic job!

This is a great mystery, ghost story, and romance which gets more and more suspenseful. Eliza turns down a marriage proposal from her father's business partner, Thomas Beesley, and heads to Maybrook to spend time with her Aunt Maeve. While there, she hears t...more
Lindzee Armstrong
Heart of the Ocean was a totally unexpected delight. It's unlike anything I've read by the author before...part mystery, part ghost story, with romantic elements woven throughout.

Heart of the Ocean was set against the rich backdrop of 19th century New England. I loved Maybrook, the Puritan town where a lot of the story took place. While I've read quite a few period novels set in a Puritan town, this is the first one where the point of view is from an outsider, someone not of the Puritan faith....more
I'm so happy to be a part of this tour. I always jump at the chance to read anything by Heather Moore. She has a talent for writing to be sure. I was especially interested in this book as it's a bit different than the other books she has written. This historical fiction with some romance and a full on ghost story was absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end.

Eliza and Jon's paths cross when Eliza finds her aunt dead and goes out into a storm, desperate to find help. Trouble just seems to follow...more
In this 1840's mystery/paranormal/romance, Eliza Robinson flees the gossip of high society New York to go live with her Aunt Maeve in the Puritan town of Maybrook. During a storm, a ghostly voice, which only she can hear, urges her to jump off the cliff into the ocean. She rushes home to the safety of her aunt, but trouble follows her. During the night, she hears a noise, discovers her aunt is dead, and rushes into the night for help, running into a strange man near her house and fainting. When...more
Maureen Timerman
A riveting read of 1830's in New England. We live among the early Puritan settlers, and experience some of what it was like to come on the Mayflower! Somehow they had managed to keep a lot of their ways of life, while some of the country has been prospering and changing.
Eliza Robinson has grown up in a privileged life in NYC. When the story opens she has spurned her father's partner, a rather stout, older man, who had the desire to marry her. Can I say Yuck! Anyway society is in an uproar about...more
Ranee Clark
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery
Length: 288 pages

Rating: ***+

Review: Although I've read a ton of Regency romance books, I'll be honest, I like Victorian stuff more. It spans so much time and change and I just like the dresses better. (Empire waist would have never flattered these hips. Seriously.) So HEART OF THE OCEAN appealed to me immediately. I love Jon as the hero and the legitimate reasons he has for staying with his fiancee, Apryl. I love the mystery that unfolds...more
“Heart of the Ocean” includes a tangled mystery and love story that intriguing.

After spurning an offer of marriage from Thomas Beesley III, her father’s middle-aged business partner, 19-year-old Eliza Robinson leaves the high society life of 1839 New York City to live with her widow Aunt Maeve in the Puritan coastal community of Maybrook.

Once there, Eliza is plagued with the ghostly voice of a woman. Eliza's Aunt Maeve assumes Eliza is being haunted by Helena Talbot, a woman who died 20 years a...more
Lynelle Clark
It is my first read of this remarkable author's work and definitely not the last. Heather B. Moore has penned down a wonderful story set in New England and the Puritan reign in that area. Familiar with the believes and in some ways an admirer of this group that landed in North East America making this their new home away from home. Forsaking the heretics in England in search for a new life. Their deep believe in the Almighty and His hand upon their lives is remarkable. But then they were also ex...more
This is the first book I've read by Heather Moore that had a paranormal theme to it. I have to say, I really liked it! This historical novel is much more than a ghost story, it is a story of two people, trapped in a mystery that envelops both of their lives. Eliza, shunned by high society, escapes to live with her Aunt Mauve in a Puritan town. Jonathan, having once escaped the same Puritan town, is drawn back in search of papers that will help him claim his rightly inheritance. One rainy night,...more
Lisa Paskins
Heart of the Ocean
Heather B. Moore
Eliza Robinson escapes gossip driven New York society after spurning the proposal and injuring the pride of her father’s business partner, only to be exposed to ghostly terror, mortal danger and spending the night in jail.
It began when she started hearing voices while visiting her aunt in the puritan New England town of Maybrook. The unsolved disappearance of Helena Talbot still haunts the town of Maybrook. Jonathan Porter, Helena’s fatherless child is in town...more
Kris at Book Wishes
Jan 17, 2013 Kris at Book Wishes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
Recommended to Kris by: I'm a Reader, Not a Writer
My dilemma on this book, I have very mixed feelings. Heart of the Ocean is a Mystery/Historical Fiction/Paranormal which is interesting so as not to dissect the book let me tell you my likes/dislikes...

I liked the writing how everything flowed the entire book was well written as you can always expect with author Heather Moore I love how she can pull you into the characters making you know them, you will never get bored. However I was caught because even though I wasn't bored more things needed t...more
This was my first Heather B. Moore's book and I really hope it's not my last. Heart of the Ocean was a light, historical fiction read. It was also full of mysteries with different twists. I greatly enjoyed reading this book.

The story was very interesting. I liked how that it not only had a murder mystery in it but there was also a ghost involved. There were a few instances that I felt spooked out because of the ghost that haunted our protagonist, Eliza. I wanted to know more why the ghost was ha...more
Due to the fact that I have a horrible cold today, I finished this amazing book in just a few short hours. Thank you so much, Heather Moore, for sending me this book for free to review. It made these hours in bed with my Kleenex box and sleeping cats pass so quickly!

Heart of the Ocean is a historical tale that grips your heart and has you on the edge of your seat from the first sentence to the last.

Due to the fact that she has landed in the gossip columns of New York City for refusing to marry...more
3.5 stars.

I couldn't help but be excited when I read that Heather Moore would be releasing a new historical novel, Heart of the Ocean. I've been a fan of her historical fiction for several years, and although the topic and setting are quite different from her other historical novels, I couldn't help but be interested in how she'd write about this time period and the Puritans.

Heart of the Ocean has an intense mystery, and I thought the characters were very well done. There was a twist or two I di...more
What a exciting read! I had to force myself to put it down halfway through so I could get some sleep and go to work the next morning! There is so much that happens in this book, so much mystery and intrigue. Eliza and Jonathan were destined to meet, but when they do, their lives are headed in different directions. With the help of a mysterious voice that haunts Eliza, The mystery starts to unfold about what happened to Jonathan's mother twenty years earlier, and Eliza's Aunts murder in the small...more
As a member of author Heather B. Moore's critique group I have had the opportunity to read this book in the many stages of draft, and every time the book has gotten better. Now in its publication draft, I can only say WOW! Despite being familiar with the characters and plot from my previous readings, this version totally pulled me into the story and I soon found myself so engaged that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to be right on the stormy cliffs, thrilled yet terrified of entering the lighth...more
This book is a mystery-romance-horror-historical fiction all rolled in one. I thought the mystery was solved at 50% into the book and found myself pondering what's going to happen in the next 50% but no the book didn't drag on. There was much left to be unraveled.

Oh, did I tell you I love that cover! So pretty isn't it? Am I obsessed with pretty dresses on the cover, I wonder.

The pace of the book is decent (however I can't get into even decent pace books, I need things to move), the characters r...more
Heather recently taught a class on setting, and it was easy to see why when I felt the wind in my face and smelled the fresh salt air of the Maybrook shoreline on the opening pages of this book. From there things only got better with Jon and Eliza's intriguing romance, a mysterious ghost, and even the obnoxious Mr. Beesley--whom I wanted to personally strangle. Though it's doubtful my hands would have fit around his neck!

I first read this manuscript several years ago and thought I remembered it...more
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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author, with ten historical thrillers written under the pen name H.B. Moore. Latest is Finding Sheba (will be re-released Feb 2015 through Thomas & Mercer). Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the A...more
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