I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the last stop on tour for Miranda Dickinson’s latest novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea.
Fabulous characters … and one guaranteed to steal your heart 🙂
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (14 Jun. 2018)
Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?
Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.
Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.
Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.
Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?
Somewhere Beyond the Sea is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.
Have you ever experienced when an inanimate object takes on a whole new depth of meaning that is more than its parts with the emotional energy you invest in it? This is what happens to Seren and Jack (as well as Nessie!) with the seaglass stars on Gwythian Beach. With Seren taking on the mantle of responsibility of her father’s business and campaign while still grieving his loss and Jack’s need to provide for Nessie and having to come to terms with his own feelings, the gift of the seaglass star is a symbol that represents so much and gives more than a little needed light in their lives. Both driven and motivated by something intrinsic to their lives, emotions run high and the scene is set for conflict.
With the community being behind the save the Bethel Parsonage campaign we get to know some of the characters, all of which I identified with. The character who stole my heart is Nessie. Love her distraction techniques! and her humour. She sparkles and shines just as much as the seaglass stars.
What a stunning setting … having spent part of my honeymoon at St Ives, Somewhere Beyond the Sea brought back some fab memories for me 🙂 Miranda Dickinson’s writing pulled me right back there in my imagination, experiencing the sights and sounds (and not forgetting the smells too).
There are so many feels throughout this story and they came thick and fast for me near the ending. I was intrigued waiting to find out what Jack had done and the tension and anticipation of not knowing what Seren would do had my heart racing. I read those last few pages through tears. Perfect.
This isn’t a romance of will they/won’t they. Everyone will be able to relate to the campaign and why it’s important to save this building just as everyone will be able to relate to Jack’s vision of how it could be. I’ve loved the creativity just as much as the emotional tug.
Somewhere Beyond the Sea is a story about looking past our own needs to the needs of others and becoming selfless. About learning to trust in yourself that the decisions you make are the right ones. It tells us that it’s ok to have negative feelings and that forgiving ourselves brings hope and healing.
Definitely one to pack in your luggage!
(Find out more about the characters and locations on Miranda Dickinson’s series of vlogs).
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford library and today she is a bestselling author. She began to write in earnest when a friend gave her ‘The Worlds Slowest PC’ and has subsequently written the bestselling novels Fiarytale of New York, Welcome to my World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take a Look at me Now, I’ll Take New York, A Parcel for Anna Browne and Searching for a Silver Lining.
Miranda lives in Dudley with her husband, Bob and daughter, Flo but says Cornwall is her ‘happy place.’
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