Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sea Change by Karen White Review & Giveaway

From Amazon: For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever… For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband.

I am a huge fan of Karen White so I was absolutely delighted to let myself get swept away with her new novel, Sea Change.  Ava finally finds love with Matthew, but she really doesn't know him.  She tries to settle into her new island life, but being scared of the water is hard.  It doesn't help any that the house is filled with Matthew's previous, deceased, wife's things.  His brother thinks that Matthew may have killed her, but Ava is unsure.

When she becomes pregnant, something happens that Ava has no explanation before.  Another anomaly? Since Matthew is a psychologist, she asks to be hypnotized and there she finds information about her past that may be connected to she and Matthew's future.  Will they have a future together?

Sea Change held me riveted from cover to cover, I hated to see it end.  With the past and it's secrets revealed slowly merging with the present and affecting any possible future outcome, Karen White is at the top of her game.  The plot is solid and the details vivid, bringing clarity to the reader as the story unfolds.  This story has stayed with me for days, even after I finished it, a mark of a great storyteller! Definitely pick this one up this summer - highly recommend!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I haven't read all of Karen White's books yet...part of me likes knowing they're out there for me to enjoy one day soon and another part of me is anxious to read them asap! The books of hers I've read are filled with gorgeous descriptions of the beautiful setiings by the beach or in a charming town. This book sounds like it has more of those wonderful scenes. And the characters sound captivating and interesting. I also like the element of suspense here and it's association with the character of Matthew.

    Love your review and I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  2. I love the way Karen draws you into her books so that you are right there with the characters and this book did not disappoint. Sea Change is about secrets of the past and secrets of the present and how they effect lives. I love all of Karen White's books and devour them.

  3. I love when an author combines emotion and mystery together - the mystery draws the reader in, while the emotions draws the emotions of the reader out. Love it...can't wait to read this novel :D

  4. I finished it tonight ... great story!


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