If you crave epic, adventurous love stories, if Jamie and Claire, Alexander and Tatiana or Nathaniel and Elizabeth mean something to you, then meet Samuel and Rebecca and the iceberg that started it all.
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebeca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family. Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers.
Knowing Rebecca is home safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path. Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.
Publisher and Release Date: Cedar Pocket Publishing, December 2013
Time and Setting: 1914, Newfoundland and Europe
Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction
Heat Level: 2.5
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Jill
They first met when she was fourteen and he was nineteen. Rebecca Crowe had always had a fascination with icebergs, watching them her favourite pastime. And it’s lucky for Samuel Dalton that it is. When the ship he’s been working on is wrecked, Samuel spends two weeks adrift at sea before Rebecca spots his boat.
Rebecca lives on the small island of Second Chance, Newfoundland, her father a fisherman. Samuel is from a wealthy family of doctors in Toronto. The year is 1914.
This is both a love story and a piece of historical fiction, set against the backdrop of The Great War and involving two Canadian families. Rebecca longs to see the world outside of her small Newfoundland island, but her traditional parents and particularly her superstitious and religious father, attempt to keep her and her sister isolated from the outside world.
Her opportunity to experience more of life comes when the educated and worldly Samuel spends three months recovering and working to repay the family who saved his life.
Descriptive, detailed and quite the page-turner, this book focuses on the lives of Samuel and Rebecca (and their families), the beginnings of their romance, their separations and their ups and downs. Though it’s probably overly-ambitious to rate their love story alongside the likes of those of Jamie and Claire or Alexander and Tatiana, Seldom Come By is still a captivating read and fans of Outlander and The Bronze Horseman should enjoy it.
Seldom Come By is a very good debut and one well worth reading for lovers of historical fiction and romantic historical fiction alike.
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