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When a ship's captain is forced to enslave island natives to please his fiancée, Princess Serena, he takes refuge in the company of a beautiful slave girl. The princess is devastated by his betrayal, and the lives of all the slaves in her realm are now at risk. The heart-broken princess has acquired great power at her father’s death, could she use it to force the captain’s ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Charity Rau
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
A Kingdom by the Sea tells the story of Princess Serena and Captain Axel. They are promised to be married even though haven't really seen one another since they were young. While they are apart, they each face problems and find help from another. The strength of their relationship suddenly seems weak. There is intrigue, secrets, and romance, as they each try to do what they believe is right.
I liked the way the book showed both Serena's and Axel's point of view. There was a lot of action, and I
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Christy
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Loved this book. I recommend it to all.
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When a ship's captain is forced to enslave island natives to please his fiancée, Princess Serena, he takes refuge in the company of a beautiful slave girl. The princess is devastated by his betrayal, and the lives of all the slaves in her realm are now at risk. The heart-broken princess has acquired great power at her father’s death, could she use it to force the captain’s fulfillment of his promise to her? Or will the affectionate stable
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Lauren Jones
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The devotion with which he talked about her mother made her feel warm. She wanted to picture her mother the way the priest described her, instead of the way her father had portrayed her.”

Royalty is a very dangerous game, even more so with leaders like those of Delmar. With political bias and unrepentant desire for more, it is unfortunate that some leaders do not care about their people as they should. Anna del C Dye presents a wonderful story filled with romance, corruption and betrayal. It is
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Carol Pennington
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom of Delmar is ruled by corrupt Royalty. Slaves are being captured from a nearby island to provide the labor for the kingdom. Propaganda is being used to lay the blame for the need of the slaves on others. This story is packed full of treachery and betrayal. Can the wrongs that have been committed be made right? Can the princess redeem her reputation and gain the trust of others? Whose schemes will win out?

This story is very well written and intriguing. The pages almost seemed to turn
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Book Bits-N-Bobs
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must say that from just reading the book blurb I had no clue how the Author would make this book work. I just couldn’t see how anyone would even care if the princess finds love. But the author did it and she did it beautifully! There were plenty of twists and turns, making you second guess everything you knew about a person. In some places it got a bit wordy but overall the story is enjoyable and fun to read. I liked seeing the main female character develop throughout the story. But my favouri ...more
Anna del C. Dye
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Revised by Christy Monson
This is a great read. I recommend it to all who love intrigue, suspense and romance.
The author states that Kingdom by the Sea was created the night after I saw the musical AIDA, I couldn't sleep because I was disappointed with the ending. (It's just me, the musical is great.) I spent the night thinking what I would have done different if it was my story and by morning Kingdom by the Sea had been born.
Aida has a ship's captain and he is the main protagonist. He is the pr
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Bethany Swafford
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A princess brings about her own revolution, freeing slaves, and finding love.

What I really liked about Serena was how she motivated herself to change things once she realized there was a problem. I also enjoyed how the story is told alternating between different characters, which added a nice depth to the book.

That being said, I would have liked more descriptions of the kingdom and characters. The narrative is mostly dialogue, and I feel it could have been balanced better.

I would recommend this
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Lucinda
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise.

It is a high fantasy set in historical fictional times and it tells the story of Princess Serena and Captain Axel, and how they learn to come together in their own wishes and for the good of the kingdom. The character growth, especially in Serena, was quite marked, and as a reader, it was good to watch how she grew to an assertive young woman, worthy of love and respect.

It did get long in some parts but the action scenes helped to get through them and readers who enjoy
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Carolyn Frank
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had a bit of a rocky start getting into this book, but that was because I was told it was a mid-evil romance. A few chapters in I then realized it was not my typical historical romance novel, it was a fairy tale. Once I unwrapped my head around a Victoria Holt-type novel and rewrapped it around a Snow White-type novel, I began to enjoy a story that was rich with villains, a naïve princess who goes on to save her kingdom, and a splash of romance. It was definitely a happily-ever-after story. I ...more
Cassie Shiels
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a nice, easy, fun read. It is written from more then one characters perspective which adds a lot to this story. You will enjoy seeing the changes that take place in the princess as well as in the other characters because of her waking up from never paying attention, to learning everything she can about her kingdom. The romance is sweet.
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story follows Axel in the beginning of the book who is out to sea and has capture slaves to bring back to his betrothed Princess Serena. They have been together for years, but Axel feels as if they have grown apart. Axel begins to have feelings for one of the captives on the boat and doesn't know what to do with those feelings. The story then flips down to Princess Serena's point of view in which she really doesn't know what is going on around her. She sort of just was going through life wi ...more
Linda
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I obtained this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Captain Axel knew he was the youngest man to captain a ship and that he had to earn his crew's respect. He was sailing with cargo for his spoiled and selfish fiancee, princess Serena. He hardly knew what happened to the young girl he'd played with as a child and he wondered what possessed him to propose to her when he was sixteen and she was only nine. He had promised to marry and he had to honor that vow no matter that he har ...more
Philip Carroll
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Kingdom by the Sea, by Anna Del C Dye is a nice romance about the life of a reputedly spoiled princess who gains an awareness about the corruption of her father's kingdom. Most of this corruption is being carried out in the name of the princess and she sets out to make things right.
I enjoyed the story as a chronology of events of how Princess Serena of Miramar goes about solving the problems in her kingdom and her love life. There were many opportunities for growth through conflict, however, wha
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Shanae Branham
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom by the Sea is a well-written, enjoyable medieval romance. I like the way the author developed her main female character, the Princess, into a courageous woman with integrity. Life should have been easy for the Princess, but it wasn’t. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she seeks out wisdom and support from the people around her to improve the livelihood of the whole kingdom. When the Princess is faced with difficult decisions she doesn’t shrink away from her responsibilities, but uses ...more
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Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile, amongst some of the world’s most famous beaches. After meeting Rodney, a native of Idaho, in her hometown, two years later, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. Their love story, Why Him? was published by Covenant in the book entitled Angel round about. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents ...more