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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The sealed box Teal finds in the street contains more than just a mystery...

What if to be with the man of your dreams…you had to give up your life? On the verge of losing her job, side-lined journalist Teal Douglas is forced to travel to the South Pacific to profile a powerful businessman. But with her almost-but-not-quite fiancé Bear discouraging her every step of the way
Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Published January 21st 2016 by Edington Press
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Phyllis Eisenstadt
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5.0 out of 5 stars
The beautiful craftsmanship reflects a soul that cares very much for ...
ByPhyllis Eisenstadton December 6, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition
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"Something in the Water" is one of the most emotionally evocative novels I have read all year -- entertaining, sensitive, and didactic. The beautiful craftsmanship reflects a soul that cares very much for our borrowed and shared environment.

Mr. Starling's pen is, indeed, mightier than the prove
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't prepared for this novel. I had read short stories by Starling, so I knew it was going to have beautiful writing. However, I had no idea how he was going to weave together a story of signs and synchronization so seamlessly that it gave me chills. This is not an easy thing to do since these ideas are rather abstract and most people think a coincidence. But Starling makes you believe, just as the character does, that things are happening for a reason, drawing her to a certain place and tim ...more
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Something in the Water felt a lot longer than 395 pages, it covered such an array of topics. Ben Sterling has created in Teal, a character that is going through an extreme life/soul changing experience throughout the pages of this book. His character Perry has been somewhat likened to himself with the boxing, athletic, marine affinity background personality.

In Edward/Bear, Ben has provided a character that I truly w
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. More reviews at

his is book two in the Ocean romance series. I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than the first, Something in the Air. The first was a good story but I felt it was rushed. This book goes into more of a story, touching a few different topics within the story. I loved learning more about Firefly Bob (I knew it! can't tell you what I knew though), the whales (I've always loved whales), and the Islan
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 (But this one was so close it hurt... literally.)

I'm not sure If I loved Lizzie at first, I found her to be easily sidetracked with a box... or was she just trying to do the right thing? Was she over curious, or maybe the curiosity came after she could not catch him. (Read it and you will understand!) I found her excitement endearing, I know how she felt, I could feel her anxiety. Then I found her almost pathetic, TAKE THE LEAP! But don't take him. I thought this over and over in my head. W
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story as talks about losing a job. giving up your life for a man as some parts of the book was a bit spiritual along with scientific Knowledge through out the story.

Teal takes her present life and change for the better in looking for happiness and it comes near the end of the book. Through out the story Teal does some travelling around the world and then when she returns home it seems a little different but good.

It is a good story but not the average romance story it was a litt
Whew! This was quite a journey! I'm just going to jump right into this review because I have a lot to say and not enough space to say it.

1. The topics/themes. I wanted to address this first because of it's immense importance to me. I haven't mentioned it here before but my major at university (the main program I'm completing) is environmental biology and the topics of this book really spoke to me. I haven't read many books that have conservation take center stage so it meant a lot to me for this
Marsha Downs
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review comes out sounding rather personal, as it was taken from an email sent to the author. He felt I should use it as my review. Also some spoiler alert going on…

I have to say that I have never cried so long over the last few chapters of a book as I did with this - tears of great sadness and tears of great joy. But let me share my feelings through the book.

I had a hard time getting into it through the first few chapters, as I felt I had no idea what was going on; there was much simile, ad
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note : A review of this book has been published in my blog Book and Ink

A journalist on a remote island profiling a powerful businessman – a potentially heady combination for a thriller – this story was nothing short of a perfect thriller.

Our protagonist, Teal, is forced to take up an obscure assignment on a remote island to save her job. Her task – to profile a businessman involved in the fisheries business in the main island. Her ‘assignment’ takes a turn when corporate criminals invade the is
Anita Dawes
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story has a wonderfully gripping beginning. We race along behind the heroine as she desperately tries to find the owner of a mysterious box. A mysterious box that had her name on it and was dropped by someone from the other side of the world. Someone she was destined to meet, and soon.
Mysteries abound in this magical adventure, and I loved the way the author, Ben Starling, describes everything in such revealing detail. I could smell the ocean and feel the sand between my toes. Everything ca
Sandra Jackson
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery
Teal Douglas is up for her very first investigative journalism award for Musculus Media. And while she isn’t confident that she is going to win, her co-workers are. Unfortunately, much to everyone’s disappointment, Teal falls short. When she steps outside to compose herself, she is almost immediately summoned back inside – the founder and chairman, Basil Thane, wants to speak with her.

Back inside, Basil discusses a job with Teal. He wants her to interview an old friend living in the South Pacifi
Christy Bunch
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful, well written book by Ben Starling.
Gifted the novel by the author in return for an honest review.
An amazing novel of romance, mystery, conservationist and animal lovers. This novel takes you to another place and time. Beautiful ocean,beaches and underwater scenes that are so well described, makes you feel like you are there. Love all the characters. From Teal the main character , Perry the former boxer, a Great Dane, blue footed bird to Solomon the humpback whale. Teal discover
Barbara Lemarr
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this because I liked a short story written by this author. Once again, Ben Starling does not disappoint. Clean compelling characters, including the villains - vivid characterizations in a brightly painted setting. What can happen when a young newspaper writer meets a marine biologist on a faraway island? A lot. What didn't I like about this book? Well, it kept me up all night before an important morning meeting the next day, so no thanks for that! I like this series and will be back for m ...more
Jitka Egressy
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book for relaxing. I really enjoy story line. Some very interesting twists and also shocking ending - you will never expected it :)
Carole Laughlin
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book......kept me on edge until the final 30 minutes. Beautifully written.....great suspense. Will try to find more books by this author.
Danielle Evans
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog:

This was a very powerful and emotional book to read. At first, it seemed to be a fairly light story, but then its depth was revealed. And there were some very dark moments later on. I also didn't expect it to take such a spiritual turn (not religious, however).

Teal, the main character, is a journalist who's sent to the South Pacific to write a story about a businessman there. It seemed like a great opportunity, parti
Margaret Fisk
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

This book is very hard to classify which can be a bad sign but is not in this case simply because the story is strong. If you’re expecting a traditional romance, though, you’ll be disappointed. There is a confusing, realistic, at times frightening, romance that doesn’t hold to the markers expected in a traditional romance. The book is, however, mainly an environmental thriller with a mystery to solve that aspiring investigative reporter Teal Douglas is
Anne Riley
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something In The Water is a fast-paced yet thoughtful read.

First, let me recount the story. No spoilers here, so feel free to read ahead. The author describes Something in The Water as an Ocean Romance. This is a perfect description in the broadest sense. Love is apparent both between the characters and also for the ocean and the environment in which the characters live.

Teal Douglas is an up and coming investigative journalist on the cusp of earning well-earned recognition for her hard-hitting w
Juliet Wilson
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Opening with a chase prompted by a dropped, mysterious box, this novel follows investigative journalist Teal as she is sent on assignment to the South Pacific to interview the mysterious Thurston Morfil. On this journey she takes her (totally unappealing) boyfriend Bear and the memory of her recently deceased grandmother, who had a deep bond with the ocean:

"I leaned back against the headboard of our bed, my mind wandering to the last real

conversation I’d had with Grandma. Staring over my shoulde
Mei-mei Ellerman
"Something in the Water" SOARS!
A riveting read, driven by engaging characters that inexorably draw you into their world.The intriguing, fast paced complex plot includes romance, mystery, suspense, drama and world travel, but also explores other realms. Beautifully written, with a musical cadenza that alternates perfectly timed dialogue and exquisitely crafted descriptive passages, the overriding theme that runs through and envelops the entire story, is LOVE. The tender love of a deceased, yet ev
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We received a request to review Something in the Water via most other requests, but something about Ben Starling's email stuck out to me, and I'd like to share it with all of you. He said, "The novel explores the most enduring kind of love after separation, one that lights up two lives and reaches past the grave. Why do I write love stories? Because nothing else matters...". A simple, yet profound, statement that holds a tremendous amount of truth.

I feel like the best way for me t
Alicia Bernal
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about life and death; and about Teal and Perry (and about everyone and everything else so intrinsically important in between them).

An unforgettable love story that makes a difference, so that reading any other after this book of Ben Starling could never be the same for an avid reader, like you and me.
The Genius in the man, wrote poetry in a love story within a story that may have well been yours and mine.

So then, to all my fellow readers who feel this extraordinary poetry in the
Diane White
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced opening in the city of New York sees journalist Teal Douglas plunged into intrigue with the discovery of a small box dropped by a stranger. As career disappointments and a relationship with the wrong man begin to take their toll, Teal finds herself on an assignment to a beautiful and remote island in the South Pacific where she begins to discover what's truly important in life. A budding new romance with an ex-boxer turned marine biologist, a blue-footed booby, and a whale named Sol ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, if any book ever needed a trigger warning, this is the book! No, not for the reasons you're thinking, but because if this book doesn't make you tear up, you're a monster. Starling has created a gripping story that is full of adventure, mystery, love, and has a spiritual undertone to remind us that all life is interconnected. I really can't say enough about how incredible Starling's writing is and how powerful this tale is. This is superb quality from beginning to end; there is no skimping o ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, great story, love the important message portrayed through the characters and their journey. Romance, spiritualism, myths. mystery, fantasy, breaking and entering, murder all fitted together with care. wonderful descriptions and diverse characters.
The romance is not only between humans but between humans and the ocean.
Read this story and the message remains with you.
Thanks Ben, thoroughly enjoyed the smiles and tears your story caused.
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Ben Starling is passionate about marine conservation and boxing, both central themes in his work. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades.

He is Oxford Univeristy’s only ever quintuple boxing Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, competed until recently, and continues to
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