Monday, October 5, 2009

By Love or By Sea by Rachel Rager

By Love or By Sea
Rachel Rager

From the back cover:

When a mysterious and ragged sailor appears in the seaside town where Alice Lind Frank lives with her grandparents, Alice is shocked to learn that the sailor is her childhood love, Caleb, who she thought was lost at sea. She yearns to trust him again, but what about her plans to marry Clarence Hielott, the wealthy shipyard owner? When Clarence exposes the secrets of Caleb s past, Alice realizes that the boy she once knew is now a man with a dark history. Can she trust Caleb with her heart once again? And what will she do about Clarence? Find out in this thrilling and adventurous love story.

I'm excited to be part of Rachel's blog tour for her novel. I enjoyed reading this sweet love story. I also enjoyed being taken back in time and experiencing the adventure. By Love or By Sea is a fun story filled with interesting characters. From the slimy Clarence to the innocent Alice to the ruggedly handsome Caleb to the feisty Betsy Winters, readers can find an interesting character because Rager does a great job of characterization.

I loved the character of Betsy Winters and learning why she was so rude and mean in the beginning. I thought Rager created a believable character as well as developed a realistic storyline that unraveled at just the right pace. I loved how Alice, the main character, was spunky enough and determined enough to find out more about the town's meanest citizen. Sometimes, when we meet someone that's rude or mean we dismiss them, yet Rager shows through this story how people have their own personal stories and reasons for acting the way that they do, and if we'll simply take the time to care about someone we may discover a diamond in all that rough exterior.

This is an enjoyable book and I recommend it.

Learn more about Rachel Rager here and at her blog.

You can purchase a copy of By Love or By Sea at Amazon or Cedar Fort.

If you leave a comment here at my blog, or any of the other blogs hosting the blog tour, you'll be entered to win your very own copy. The more comments you leave the more chances you'll have to win!

Here is the lineup for the blog tour:

September 28 - Jaimey Grant
September 29 - Kaylee Baldwin
September 30 - Cindy Beck
October 1 - Kim Thompson
October 2 - Alison Palmer
October 3 - JoAnn Arnold
October 5 - Rebecca Talley
October 6 - Anna Arnett
October 7 - Heather Justensen
October 8 - Rachelle Christensen
October 9 - Joyce DiPastena


Miss Mae said...

Hi Rachel,

Great review for what sounds a fabulous story! I'm getting intrigued with the more I hear about that Betsy gal! :)

Have fun on your tour! :)

Danielle Thorne said...

What a wonderful review. It was nice finding out more about this book, as its cover has already gotten my attention. Best of luck to the author and kudos for a beautiful site.

Carol L. said...

I have about this book before and it's all good. Now I look forward to reading about these characters, Alicia and Caleb and Clarence.
Thanks for sharing Rachel.
Carol L.

Anonymous said...

Just sounds to intriging to pass up.
Barbara B

Elizabeth Morgan said...

Sounds like an exciting book with lots of suspence.

Larry Hammersley said...

I've not picked up a book of yours yet, Rachel, but this one sounds like a must for my growing list. Best of luck on sales and your continuing blog tour. I'm glad to have met you in our mutual yahoo group. Larry

Rachel Rager said...

Thanks, Rebecca for the wonderful review! And thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement! I'll make sure to enter you all in the drawing to win an autographed copy! Follow along with me the rest of the week. More reviews and a couple interviews too! Thanks again, Rebecca. I know you've had a lot going on. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

Becki said...

I love spunky characters!!! Can't wait to read this.
tbkress1 at msn dot com