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Beyond the Sea

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On a lonely cliff beside the vast blue sea there is a house.

In the house there lives a girl, and in the girl there lives a dream.

Soon she'll be as free as the fishes that swim beneath the water. But until then she bides her time and lives quietly, her every move ruled over by an uncaring, heartless stepmother.

The hope for freedom is all she has to hold onto. So close she c
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published June 9th 2020 (first published June 6th 2020)
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Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
The life of 18-year-old Estella is not easy. Her story begins like a dark and mysterious version of Cinderella (only without the step-sisters) because after losing her father, she now lives with her evil alcoholic step-mother, Vee, and and her sickly step-grandmother at a house on a cliff by the sea in Ireland. 🌊
Although Estella is about to finish high school soon, she has no plans for the future... until Noah Dylan enters her life.

Noah is Vee's younger brother, but many years have passed s
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


It’s been a while since I’ve read an L.H. Cosway book and I was really excited to pick this one up. Beyond the Sea is a beautifully written modern gothic romance and I enjoyed it lots.

Estella’s story starts off much like a version of Cinderella (without the stepsisters). After the death of her father a few years ago, she’s living with her evil stepmother. Estella is eighteen and in her last year of school, but has nowhere else to go, she she has to stay put. Her life’s the same mun
L.H. Cosway
Apr 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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On a lonely cliff beside the vast blue sea there is a house.

In the house there lives a girl, and in the girl there lives a dream.

Soon she'll be as free as the fishes that swim beneath the water. But until then she
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A dark tale filled with lies, horrific people, dark history, darker events, ghosts, coming of age, and love. This one twits at the heartstrings. I loved it, it made me cry and cheer.
Estella is living in her wicked step mother's home after losing her father. She is 18, just trying to graduate so she can collect her inheritance and find some happiness somewhere. In this house with the ghost of her loving father, her mean alcoholic step mother and sickly step grandmother, life is dreary. This is a
My very first gothic romance!!
According to Google gothic romances were mysteries, often involving the supernatural and heavily tinged with horror, and they were usually set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins and haunted castles.
Here this book has it all, but it is set in current times, In Ireland.

This novel is filled with emotions of suspense, death, misery, and romance. It is absolutely atmospheric. From the descriptions of nature and interior to the characters the reader is immersed i
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
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I loved it so much, I was hooked and intrigued from the first pages.It was addictive and captivating!
This is a little bit different from her other books,I find it atmospheric!Great characters and the story touched me in so many ways!

I liked the set up and I was intrigued!I loved the vibes it gave me!Estella and Noah will captivate you!Estella was amazing I was connected to her, she was a strong heroine!Noah is myste
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Vaguely Spoiler-ish*

Reasons to READ/LOVE this book:

- Gothic romance
- Spooky old house with creepy attic located on a lonely cliff overlooking the vast blue sea
- Atmospheric Irish small town with single sex Catholic schools and churches
- Cinderella-esque household
- Ouija board games and ghostly premonistic dreams
- Twisted secrets, mysteries, and REVENGE
- The delicacy of good vs evil
- High school cliques and coming of age story
- Dark, mysterious, mischievous, and tortured H
- Tension, chemistry, a
Samantha Young
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“If I pit my demons against yours, will they obliterate each other so we can both finally be free?”

Styled as a modern gothic story, Beyond the Sea does not disappoint. One of my favourite books is Jane Eyre and for me, L.H. Cosway has produced a modern equivalent. Bold statement! But I stand by it. To be clear, Beyond the Sea, is not a retelling. It is just quintessentially gothic in its narrative, characters, setting and themes.
And I adored every minute of it.

Plan to spend the day reading this
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I love LH Cosway’s books. They’re always unique, well written, and have characters that feel so real.

Estella is a young woman, living with her wicked stepmother on a house on a cliff. At eighteen, she’s finishing her final year at school and hoping to escape her living situation the moment she graduates. But then, her stepmother’s much younger brother, Noah, comes to visit. And Estella’s world is completely changed.

Beyond the Sea is a modern, gothic romance. And I gotta say, Cosway n
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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5 “I’m Yours” stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-Struggle and heartache and loss existed so their shadows could contrast with the light of happiness, love and belonging.


Estella Shannon is an 18 yr. old girl living in a small coastal town in Ireland. She lost her dad a couple years ago, and was now at the mercy of her cruel stepmother who seems to find joy in her misery. She is in her senior year at an all girls school, and can't wait till she graduates so she can finally be free to have the life
This is quite an unusual romance for sure. As a modern gothic romance, it certainly lived up to my expectations. With an air of mystery and an undercurrent of something dark and dangerous always in the background of the story line, I was pulled into this book pretty quickly.

heathenwarrior: Shetland Island, The Knab

Estella is sweet and innocent but has been dealt a bad hand in life. She’s trying to hold on until she can finally escape from the home and life that has kept her captive. Written completely in her point of view it doesn’t t
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

‘There was a heavy, pressing sense of darkness and misery that made me want to flee. That same darkness permeated the entire house…’

Beyond The Sea by LH Cosway was a dark, eerie and haunting journey. It had an overwhelmingly sombre undertone with depictions of tragic and horrific pasts, sins of the father, invisible chains of superstitions and grief. It reflected on religion and the ghostly supernatural. But above all, it was a story of love and forgiveness. So well written and enticing
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Beyond the Sea fascinated me. I can’t recall if I have ever read something similar to this. My mind was reeling with possibilities, trying to guess what was happening, but at the same time, the slow-burn romance was somehow calming me.
Although this was not first paranormal book I’ve read from this author, that Gothic vibe made it different and stand out… and never-to-be-forgotten.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A striking romance that had me gripped from start to finish with its suspenseful mystery and emotional intensity with a dark haunted backdrop.
“You could never be a mistake because you’re mine.”

➵ Heroine: Estella is somewhat of a Cinderella. She’s eighteen years old, her father died a couple of years back and lives in her evil stepmother’s castle just waiting to finish school in order to collect her inheritance and get away. She was kind and honest which was bound to impact the people th
Radd Reader
“How can you be so sure of what you believe, if what you believe is the only thing you’ve ever known?”

I loved that quote. So deep 🤔🤔🙂

Kind of a modern day Cinderella. Step mother doesn’t treat girl right and a handsome guy comes into her life and ultimately they rescue each other.

”You lost your dad two years ago and have been living with the world’s worst stepmother ever since.”

My Thoughts: The following are my thoughts about this book:
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Beyond the Sea by LH Cosway

‘“Tell me what you’ve been through,” I whispered so quietly it was almost lost on the wind.

Noah took several steps until he stood directly before me. Reaching out, he caught my chin, his thumb brushing the underside of my jaw. “Why? Do you want to kneel down and say a prayer for me, Estella?”’

There is nothing more powerful, profound or magical than a book that can lure you in, wrap you up in secrets and mysteries, mesmerise you with stunning and ins
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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As someone who typically gravitates toward lighter, sweeter, more emotional romances - I find myself an unlikely fan of gothic romance. There's something so satisfying about the sort of eerie quality of these tales. I like to flirt with the darkness. I like to feel a little unnerved about what has happened that we don't know about yet, and what might unfold over the course of the story.

Under the Sea was exactly like that for me. I gobbled it up! I was so interested in the story from the very fir
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

‘There was a heavy, pressing sense of darkness and misery that made me want to flee. That same darkness permeated the entire house…’

Beyond The Sea by LH Cosway was a dark, eerie and haunting journey. It had an overwhelmingly sombre undertone with depictions of tragic and horrific pasts, sins of the father, invisible chains of superstitions and grief. It reflected on religion and the ghostly supernatural. But above all, it was a story of love and forgiveness. So well written and enticing
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

Beyond the Sea is what I could only imagine as the perfect modern-day gothic romance. This story was everything and MORE!

Estella is 18 years old, innocent and kind but has been dealt an awful hand in life especially at such a young age. Her mother died when she was a baby, her father died a couple years ago and now she is trapped in a house with her wicked stepmother trying to hold out just long enough to escape for college. Haunted by dreams that
5 ++++favorite Stars

This story is just wonderful. L.H. Cosway once again created a universe where I got totally lost in history and I was sad to say goodbye to fantastic characters. Your stories and characters are always unique and here couldn't be any different. I fell in love with the story of Noah and Estella.

The chemistry and connection between Estella and Noah was very well built and I loved the way that L.H. Cosway formed the connection between these characters, not to mention that the at
I love everything I’ve read by Ms. Cosway. I’ve noted before but she writes such out of the box romances that every book is something brand new and a fresh of breath of fresh air. By reading the synopsis of Beyond the Sea, I knew this would be the same this time. But in addition to her usual unusualness (grin) this one is also labeled a gothic and while I have read a true gothic romance for years now, I cut my reading teeth on them so to speak. And when reading a gothic, one of the cardinal rule ...more
diann bryan
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, listening-to
Wow! L.H.Cosway really outdid herself this time!
Loved this story so much! Everything you could want in a story is there!

Estella is blessed or curse? You decide! Not everything you see is what it seems and that was my favorite part of this book!
Well done!
Five Hauntingly mysterious stars
Oct 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, dark
Hi, and welcome to today's episode of "That Was Fucking Shit."

L. H. Cosway really served us with a boatload of utter crap. It started going downhill from the first page. To be honest, I don't think it was ever at the top of the hill. It started at the bottom of the hill and just had nowhere to go, but still managed to get worse.

First of all, and I'm going to say it, Estella was a little fucking bitch. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's dive right into this enormous trainwreck of a
Patricia Wonderland
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's with puffy and burning eyes that i'm writing this review...

LH Cosway surprised me once again with this PERFECT GOTHIC ROMANCE.
BEYOND THE SEA is a suspenseful, thrilling and poetic story, with mysterious elements. We read it with a constant feeling of anxiety, each word evoking an atmosphere of horror and dread.

Estella, our heroine, lives in an old house named ARD NO MARA. A "victorian residence sat close to the precipice of a cliff on the east coast, overlooking the vast Irish sea". An ol
***4 Stars***

I haven’t read much Gothic themed books, but whenever I imagine what a Gothic book should make me feel while reading is a feeling of foreboding with an eerie otherworld feel to it all while being excited and wary about what and how everything will be revealed and this baby hit the mark. It had all of that as well as a vein of hope, humor and redemption woven through it with a slew of unique characters that brought this world to life.

This is one of those books that the less you k
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na-romance
4.5 stars
3.5 stars rounding up

L.H. Cosway’s “Beyond the Sea” is an interesting one—and one that situates itself smack right between the well-known gothic tales: I see the naive, innocent Estella Shannon in the Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Morland, Noah Dylan as the tortured Heathcliff-esque hero, with a touch of suspense, the larger struggle between the reign of orthodox religion and the waning of it, a strong sense of the transgressive, the supernatural and more than a little high drama thrown in as fam
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
L.H. Cosway is definitely the queen of unexpected and jaw-dropping endings but I'm getting ahead of myself here.

"Life is a bad dream we can't wake up from."

Beyond the Sea is a modern gothic romance. I'm honestly still a bit unsure of what that means but I want more of it and I'll definitely look for more of this genre.

Here we follow Estella Shannon. She's an 18yo student bidding her time until she can graduate, touch her inheritance and escape far away from her wicked and awful step-mother. Sh
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was creepy, intriguing and quite the mystery. I loved that it kept me guessing and that I had no clue what was going on. I adored Estella and Noah ❤ The twist at the end....I never saw coming and I just loved how all the pieces came together in the end. This is definitely a strong 4 Stars, maybe even 4.5.
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L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.



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