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Seldom Come By

(The Iceberg Trilogy #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton. Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers.

Knowing Rebecca is home safe in Newfound
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Published December 12th 2013 by Cedar Pocket Publishing (first published December 10th 2013)
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They first met when she was fourteen and he was nineteen. Rebecca Crowe had always had a fascination with icebergs, watching them, her favourite pastime. Luckily for Samuel Dalton that she did. When the ship he'd been working on is wrecked, Samuel spends two weeks adrift at sea, before Rebecca spots his boat.

Rebecca lives on the small island of Second Chance, Newfoundland, her father a fisherman. Samuel is from a wealthy family of doctors in Toronto. The year is 1914.

This is both a love story a
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

I was a little daunted by the size of this book and the fact that it was part of a trilogy. Used to books that were half this size, I wondered if my attention would last the full book (it did--in fact it grew as I continued to read!) Then, there was the summary that the author provided where she mentioned Tatiana and Alexander and Jamie and Claire. Okay, you got my attention, but can you really pull that off?? These are
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First read 2/20/14-3/3/14
Reread 12/27/15-1/4/16

4.5 Stars loved this book even more the second time around!

*Historical Fiction is my favorite genre and Seldom Come By did NOT disappoint. I have read many books with events accruing around WWII but not WWI and I knew nothing about Newfoundland before starting. I loved being able to glean information while wrapped up in this beautifully woven story of family, loss, courage, forgiveness, redemption and love.

The story flows in an almost "snap shot" f
Jeannie Zelos
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seldom Come By. Book 1 of The Iceberg Trilogy. Sherryl Caulfield
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, hooked by the connection to two series I love, the Diana Gabaldon and Sarah Donati ones I thought I’d try this and ...Wow! I really don't know where to start. It was everything promised and more, had me glued to the kindle for hours, smiling, laughing and crying. Its packed with emotion, really deep dark scenes, and high bright ones which made for a perfect read for me. The people felt r
Diane (talldede)
Thank you to Hildy for receiving an extra copy of this book and the author Sherryl Caulfield for sharing it with me. Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre and this book captures the elements perfectly. An engaging, strong heroine, a dashing, honorable stranger, a brutal daily life existence in Newfoundland set during WWI. The story and characters are made more rich by the superb writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

One more reason to ALWAYS trust my Book Boss. Thanks again, Hildy!
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I need to thank the person on our Facebook page who recommended this to me a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for epic WOW recommendations and someone threw this out there. I waited for a review copy via Netgalley and was happy to give this a go for an honest review. I was looking for some historical fiction/romance and was happy to hear that this was set during World War 1, mostly in Newfoundland and Ontario. I haven't read a lot of Canadian historical fiction, other than The Br ...more
I loved this book way more than I expected. Review to come.....

4 stars
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Seldom Come By is the beautiful story of Rebecca and Samuel. I adore historical novels and this is one of the most well written ones that I have read in a very long time. It sucked me right in with the imagery of the icebergs and the landscape in Newfoundland. I've never read a story set in this place and the author painted such a vivid picture of the landscape.
Oh wow! The setting, the characters, the history, the dialogue, the love, loss, heartache, joy, forgiveness, was all so beautifully woven together in this fabulously written epic story. I couldn't help but become attached to the lives of Rebecca and Samuel and all those who surround them. The details of the setting and history was fascinating, intriguing and horrifying. It all felt so real. It was as if the reader (me) was on a journey with Rebecca and Samuel and witnessed the ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Readers Edition of Seldom Come By, the first novel in the Iceberg Trilogy.

Set on the edge of Newfoundland, Seldom Come By tells the love story of shipwreck survivor Samuel Dalton and his rescuer, teenage Rebecca Crowe.

The author's breathtaking descriptions of sea and landscapes and the historical setting drew me into the first few pages of the book but the relationships between the characters kept me reading. A shocking event that occurred about halfw
Keryn Rhule
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I really enjoyed Seldom Come By. I enjoyed the story and loved the characters. Sherryl Caulfield has a beautiful descriptive style of writing. I enjoy History and this is a story from the early 1900's and about a place I knew little about. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Carolyn Squires
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not an easy five star person, but theres no denying it, I loved the characters and the settings and the drama in this book. The dialogue is immediately engaging and goes on being so. I am currently on my second read and loving it just as much!
Mark Squires
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I elected to read an Advance Readers Edition of Seldom Come By as I enjoy reading books set in Newfoundland and that part of the world. The Shipping News, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams are two that come to mind.

Seldom Come By tells the story of a restless teenage girl who has been raised in a very religious and superstitious family who through the act of rescuing a shipwrecked sailor, brings into their home a young man who is worldly and educated and thinks quite differently to them - the
I'm so happy I said yes to reading this beautiful story, it was everything promised and more, and the lovely Sherryl Caulfield is a local Brisbane author. Three of Sherryl's favourite authors are also mine, Diana Gabaldon, Sarah Donati and Paullina Simons ... big shoes to fill but Sherryl Caulfield proved more than up to the task and Seldom Come By stands very much on its own merit. It also reminded me of Gabriele Wills' Muskoka Trilogy, which I adored, set in the same era.

Following the Crowe f
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fantastic story of the love between Rebecca and Samuel. Rebecca is fascinated by icebergs, and meets Samuel when he survives his ship wreck. Their great love follows them through Samuel’s war experiences during WWI and the ups and downs of a fairly well-to-do family wanting the very best for their children and of a not so well-to-do fisherman’s daughter. As the war drags on and Samuel knows that his Rebecca is home safe in Newfoundland, Canada the couple experiences a life filled wit ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What an epic read - let me start by saying my reading of this book was almost as epic as the book itself. I downloaded Seldom Come By on my Kobo to read on a business trip to China. I was hooked from the first page and then stupidly left my Kobo in the seat pocket on a plane to Dalian in northern China agh! It was so unputdownable that I tried to get another eReader before Christmas so I could finish BUT they were all sold out! I finally got my hands on a new one this week only to leave it at ho ...more
Anna Hughes
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the setting of this book. I've never been to Newfoundland so found it interesting to learn about. I loved getting to know the characters. I found it took me a while to connect with the main character but once I did I really felt what she felt. I loved the unexpected events, they really made me wonder what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the description of peoples relationships with one another. The story is often what matters to me so I found it a little slow at first but I couldn' ...more
Mel Kettle
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want to read this book, make sure you have a decent chunk of time set aside because there are many times throughout when you will not be able to put it down. You may also want a few tissues as this book made me laugh and cry - often unexpectedly.

I was absolutely absorbed in Rebecca and Samuel's story, and in the Canadian setting. I've never been to Newfoundland but could clearly picture its bleak landscapes thanks to the vivid and descriptive language used.

The ending left me wanting mor
Carla Mason
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Advanced Reader's Copy of "Seldom Come By", written by Sherryl Caulfield, to read. I very rarely come across a book that has me wanting to spend every minute of my day sitting and reading but this book was certainly one of those books!

The story is set in Newfoundland and it is predominantly based on two main characters Samuel and Rebecca. I loved the depth of all the characters in the book and how each character , even those I really despised, added so much to the story. The sett
Shelley Duffy
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Advanced Readers Edition of Seldom Come By, the first novel in a trilogy by Sherryl Caulfield.

I love being taken to faraway places by a story and this book certainly did that with the authors breathtaking descriptions of coastal Newfoundland and eastern Canada. I was reminded of my own travels to Toronto and Quebec city and am now yearning to return there to enjoy this beautiful part of the world once again.

The compelling and haunting love story of the central characters, Samuel
Anita Beasley
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and found it a real page-turner. I was swept up in the story of the central characters - Rebecca and Samuel - and found their journey reminiscent of Tatiana and Alexander's in The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I loved the way this book painted such illustrative pictures in my head and I also loved the supporting cast - whether you liked them or not, they were well written. I am a big fan of history and enjoyed hearing about Canada's efforts in th ...more
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I was hooked immediately and drawn into the story. I like the fact that Rebecca saved Samuel but in many ways Samuel saved her as well. If a doctor from a fairly wealthy family got lost at sea, turned up at my doorstep, became the the love of my life and promised me a brighter future, he’d be my hero too :-) After Revelations I was in a state of shock and grief. I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next. Seldom Come By really is a great bi
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Sherryl Caulfield's 'Seldom Come By', the first novel in her new trilogy. I was transported to another life, another time. I instantly fell in LOVE with Rebecca & Samuel!! The epic love story spans continents, and moves mountains through war, and terrible loss to fullfil its destiny. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anticipation, I sighed with delight and ultimately felt extremely fullfilled at the close of the novel. Im SAD to have finished to book because I enjoy ...more
Sonia Westwood
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a wonderful book!I was hooked by the story-line and characters almost immediately and found myself lost in Newfoundland and Canada in no time. This book is evocative and beautifully written, and you simply don't want to put it down.
It provides insights into life just prior to, and during the first World War, but mostly it is a captivating story of emotions and love, with some surprising twists and turns along the way.
'Seldom Come By' is perfect as a holiday read, a commuting read, a
Helen Mckenzie
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seldom Come By . . . . I loved this book! The story had me hooked from the start. I love characters that imbed themselves into your consciousness and draw you back to the book each day. Seldom Come By is one of those books that I found hard to put down. It has a nice balance of history, a compelling landscape that the author brings life so well and romance. There are characters I disliked and many I loved and they make me smile and they made me cry (mostly the ones I disliked!). From the wonders ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read of the history of Newfoundland and Canada's involvement in World War I. The writing was so engrossing that at times I felt I was beside the characters, in the boat with them, experiencing the iceberg and their life through their eyes and all their personal struggles, which at times were daunting.

It highlighted how challenging life was back then yet at other times the story did not feel like history at all. Parts of it were absolutely confronting and sad, though lightened by
Bec Dando
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book, I really enjoyed this one. It did take me a little while to get into the story at first, but Sherryl does a terrific job of really endearing you to her fascinating characters and their intriguing lives. Once I was hooked, I just couldn't put the book down. Fantastic story that just keeps you wanting more and I'm really excited to see that it's just the first in a trilogy - can't wait for the next two books! I highly recommend Seldom Come By - well done on a great book Sherryl Cau ...more
Denise Thomson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rebecca is growing up in an isolated environment dreaming of more. It's a time in history just prior to the great war which will change everything for Rebecca and those she loves. This is a love story about what lies concealed, and how the unspoken can cause pain and stifle love. As much a story about a time in history as Rebecca's own story, Seldom Come By follows Rebecca's journey to reveal more than the tip of the iceberg. This is a moving and beautifully woven love story with characters who
Julie Fison
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I have just finished an Advance Readers Edition of Seldom Come By, Book 1 of The Iceberg Trilogy.

Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story - a great accomplishment and a wonderful read.

Leisa Higgins
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seldom Come By is the kind debut novel that any author would be proud of. I really hope that this gets the attention it deserves. The writing moves along at a great pace and the story, the characters and their journey had me completely drawn in. Rebecca and Samuel's story will keep you entranced and wanting more. The scenes, places and times in history that Sherryl brings to life are quite simply amazing.
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Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.

In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. Fro

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