Reviewed by Sylvia Reddom
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
The first ten pages had me a bit spellbound! It kept drawing me in further and further until the International settings, history and the hint of travel trapped me there. The heroine Rachel and her professional work drag us from Afghanistan to the deep Antarctic. Now I was hooked, having travelled there myself. The descriptions are fantastic, based on nature and the futurist development there.
Throw in magical pendants, frozen bodies, navy and wild seals, scientists and locals and you will get a feel for some of the characters in the book. Rachel gets involved in a romantic triangle but her curiosity and her potential new love of her life Trevor (and his Aunt Grace) keep drawing her further into a deep mystery she has no way of knowing if she will come through or not. The romance side gives way to historical secrets, some sci-fi thrown in for good measure and Nazis influences all over the place. The humanness of the trails of Rachel, natural conflicts between professionalism and personal needs come forward.
I felt at times this book is a bit like a Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups (I loved the Nancy Drew mysteries coincidentally as a kid). At times Rachel seemed a bit too self-centred, I would relish more in-depth parts on her supposed world renowned techniques in her work as scientist and the SCI-FI parts were a bit too far reaching for my personal taste.
The ending was a bit of a surprise, but the book is full of twist and turns to help get you there. I liked the Canadian connection too! At the best of times, it is a tough job to weld together present times with history, true deep romance with professionalism, suspense and Sci-Fi, but this author does a pretty credible job.
Be prepared to throw your own limitations out the window and allow your heart to go all in and call on your deepest imagination to go wild. Deception Island awaits and I am hoping there will be a sequel set in equally wonderful places!