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Book Review of A Winter by the Sea by Julie Klassen
I do not live by the sea, although I wish I did! I do, however, live in a cold climate with lots of snow in the winter. The sound, smell, and view of the ocean revitalize and nourish me. The cold and snow do not have the same effect, sadly. The people of Sidmouth, England get both the sea and the snow. Maybe that makes the winters colder and more biting—I’m not sure. I bet it’s beautiful, though! Reading A Winter by the Sea by Julie Klassen was the perfect way to begin the long winter and the Christmas season.
Royalty comes to Sidmouth, bringing unexpected danger and the sweet possibility of romance. . . .
When the Duke and Duchess of Kent and their daughter–the future Queen Victoria–rent neighboring Woolbrook Cottage for the winter, the Summers sisters are called upon to host three of the royal family’s male staff in their seaside house. But they soon realize they’ve invited secrets and intrigue into their home.
Meanwhile, Emily Summers longs to become an author. A local publisher offers to consider her novel if she will first write a Sidmouth guidebook for him. Emily agrees and begins researching the area with help from the Duke of Kent’s handsome private secretary. But a surprise visitor from her past shows up at Sea View, leaving Emily torn between the desires she’s long held dear and her budding dreams for the future.
My Book Review:
I did not know until I reached the end of A Winter by the Sea that it is the second book in the On Devonshire Shores series. For me, it acted as a stand-alone book. I did not know that I was missing the first book, but I did not miss it! Of course, I’ll need to go back and find it now!
I loved the story and the characters in this book! Each of the characters has a unique personality and each comes across as real and authentic. Emily and James were my favorite characters, but I also loved Sarah, Georgiana, Mr. Bernardi, and Mr. Wallis. One of my favorite characteristics of Emily was her love of reading and her determination to publish a book. I applauded James’ stance that encouraged her to do so.
The characters truly make this story by bringing it to life and by making it so interesting. I loved learning about the different characters and their life stories. Having characters that came from all over made the story more interesting and enjoyable. I also enjoyed knowing that several of the characters were real people, like the Duke and Duchess of Kent. How exciting for the town of Sidmouth to have such royalty in their midst.
Ms. Klassen’s writing pulled me in from the beginning. Her descriptions of the sea, the town, the weather, and the people endeared me to the story. She has an easy style to read and understand, yet it also allows you to feel that you are walking in the brisk winter air or standing in a warm kitchen smelling royal delicacies (which I would LOVE to try).
A Winter by the Sea has some fun twists and turns, along with some unanticipated drama and danger. Yes! Don’t be fooled by the leisurely walks on the esplanade or the favorite trips to the local library. This book also has fencing, rivalry, delicious delicacies, royalty, broken windows, romance, attempted kidnapping, broken hearts, and hidden scandal. Exciting, right? It’s the perfect book to read curled up by the fireplace or wrapped in your favorite Minky blanket.
Content Rating: PG+
- Profanity: None
- Intimacy: None (Brief kissing)
- Violence: Minor (An attempted kidnapping and a brief fight. A character also dies, but not from violent causes.)
Age Recommendation: YA+
My Rating: 4/5
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A Winter by the Sea by Julie Klassen