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A sea captain passes through the forgotten port of Wych Ferry, and whiles away an hour relating his travellers tales to young Rosamund Euden. He tells her that the stars are different, if you sail far enough, that the horizon isnt quite real, not when you get there; he speaks of sea serpents and whales, and mysterious islands.

To an impressionable girl who has never left
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Published November 17th 2017 by Createspace
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J.B (Debbie)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1800's, the story follows the story of Rosamund Euden. A young, naive girl who is on the cusp of womanhood and desperate for adventure of her own. She lives with her two uncles Joss and Burto and their housekeeper Mrs Eliza who has the almost impossible task of teaching Rosamund how to be a proper young lady, following etiquette and acting as any respectable young lady should. Not easy when Rosamund has almost no experience outside of her life with her uncles, living beside the ...more
Judi Moore
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kathy Sharp is a novelist well known for her three charming fantasy books set on an historical, fictionalised Isle of Portland: the Larus trilogy.

This, her latest novel, is also set in a simpler time than our own but in a quite different place (although in it, too, water plays an important part).

Whales and Strange Stars begins with the quiet elegance of an otter slipping into the water. The story quickly gains breadth and depth and momentum as it swims downstream, urged on by deliciousness such
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Rosie Amber
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whales And Strange Stars is historical fiction, set in Kent in the late half of the 18th century.

In the sleepy waterside hamlet of Wych Ferry, fifteen-year-old Rosamund Euden lives in the Tradewinds Inn with her two uncles, Burto and Joss, and a guardian. Burto is a ferryman taking passengers across the waterway, while Joss transports goods along the river in his boat the Belle Isle.

Most of the uncles' business comes from transporting goods for the mysterious Mr Antonius. The book opens with
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Joanna Lambert
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Both the title and cover of this book intrigued me, as did the blurb. When I began reading I had no idea what adventures were ahead of the young impressionable Rosamund Euden. She's a girl who longs for adventure; for a life so different to the one she currently shares with her two uncles in the port of Wych Ferry. The arrival of a sea captain with his fantastic tales of what lies beyond the horizon finds Rosamund instantly caught under his spell. Her longing to escape from her mundane life ...more
Laura
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Combining history with fantasy the lyrical prose flows across the pages. The plot ripples and twists just as a river eddies. It is a coming of age story and a coming of awareness tale, mixing innocence, need, greed and denial. A story of family and of business, with a touch of magical mystery.
An intense, emotional journey from curiosity to discovery to betrayal and learning about life.
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Kathy Sharp lives by the sea in Weymouth, Dorset. She is a prolific writer of short fiction, and song lyrics for local choir Island Voices, and is the author of the Larus Series of novels, inspired by the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast. Whales and Strange Stars is the first book in her new Wych Ferry Series.
Kathy says: "When I first began writing fiction, I asked myself what exactly it was
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