Title: A Cry from the DeepAuthor: Diana Stevan
Published Date: October 15th 2014
Rating: 4 stars
*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review*
When I picked this book up I was not sure what to think. I am not a scuba diver at all – even though I loved swimming. So I wasn’t sure how to approach this. But it turned out to be a beautiful book that I loved and flew right through.
When Catherine Fitzgerald, an underwater photographer, buys an antique Claddagh ring, she is troubled by nightmares that set her on a path to fulfill a promise of love made centuries before. As she begins to unravel the mystery of the woman who haunts her dreams, she has to come to grips with her own struggle to find true love. Will it be her ex, psychiatrist Richard Egan, who still loves her, or Daniel Costello, the handsome but unavailable marine archaeologist on the dive team?
Set in Provence, Manhattan, and Ireland, this romantic mystery exposes not only two women’s longings, but also the beauty of the deep, where buried treasures tempt salvagers to break the law.
This book had a beautiful balance between descriptions, characters and romance. I have never been to Ireland but from the beautiful description of setting I feel as if I have been! It also dug into history quite a bit with a mystery from the past waiting to be solved, and the Claddagh ring. On top of that, there is a mention of reincarnation and psychic happenings. I recently read a book called The Bridge Of Deaths, and I couldn’t like it as much because of that theme running through the book. However, I thought it worked well for this story and wasn’t overdone at all, which made me able to sail through it.
Catherine was a lovely character. She cared a lot for her daughter and her farm, but she also misses the busy life. She is interested in history and mystery, and loves to admire the beauty in life. Yes, she is torn between choosing the guy she wants, who happens to already be taken, or returning to her ex-husband. As well as trying to solve a mystery, catch a criminal and take great underwater photos, she is also busy chasing after her heart. I loved her loyalty and determination. Occasionally her mind would leap to erotic thoughts out of nowhere, which I found a bit out of character, but otherwise she was brilliant!
The romance was twisted enough for us to never know which she might end up with or where it was going, and never too steamy that it became erotic. But it was sweet and there, and written very well. I loved reading it. The relationships between the characters is what made this such a fab read.
I recommend this to everyone who loves a good romance, good character relationships and a beautiful setting. I have rated it a 4/5 stars! I can’t wait to read more of Diana Stevan’s books.
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Diana Stevan took many detours to get to the writing phase of her life.
After marrying at 19, she received a Bachelor of Science in Home
Economics and a Master of Social Work, both with honors, from the
University of Manitoba. She moved to B.C. in 1979 with her husband and two children. As a clinical social worker, Diana spent over twenty-five years in the field, working in a variety of settings—psychiatric, child guidance, cancer agency, and private practice.
She’s also worked as a teacher, professional model, actress and a
sports writer-broadcaster for CBC television. Writing has been her passion, even though it was relegated to the back seat while her children were young. She’s published fitness and travel articles for newspapers, poetry in the U.K. journal DREAMCATCHER and a short story in ESCAPE, an anthology published by Peregrin.
Diana has traveled widely and uses her experience to color her stories.
A CRY FROM THE DEEP is her debut novel. She now lives with her
husband on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. You can
visit her at www.dianastevan.com
Olivia’s Question: Have you ever been scuba diving or swimming in the ocean? What was your experience like?