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Whales and Strange Stars #2020

Whales and Strange Stars A sea captain passes through the forgotten port of Wych Ferry and whiles away an hour relating his traveller s tales to young Rosamund Euden He tells her that the stars are different if you sail far

  • Title: Whales and Strange Stars
  • Author: Kathy Sharp
  • ISBN: 9781979811682
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Whales and Strange Stars By Kathy Sharp, A sea captain passes through the forgotten port of Wych Ferry, and whiles away an hour relating his traveller s tales to young Rosamund Euden He tells her that the stars are different, if you sail far enough, that the horizon isn t quite real, not when you get there he speaks of sea serpents and whales, and mysterious islands To an impressionable girl who has never leftA sea captain passes through the forgotten port of Wych Ferry, and whiles away an hour relating his traveller s tales to young Rosamund Euden He tells her that the stars are different, if you sail far enough, that the horizon isn t quite real, not when you get there he speaks of sea serpents and whales, and mysterious islands To an impressionable girl who has never left her home, the whales and strange stars of his stories come to symbolise the great outside world she longs to see The sea captain moves on, unaware of the dramatic events he has set in action as Rosamund s search for adventure leads her into a world of dangerous secrets in the marshlands of eighteenth century Kent Torn between loyalty to her uncles, and her desire to discover what lies beyond the marshes, Rosamund seeks help from an unexpected source But who can she really trust

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    1. Set in the 1800 s, the story follows the story of Rosamund Euden A young, naive girl who is on the cusp of womanhood and desperate for adventure of her own She lives with her two uncles Joss and Burto and their housekeeper Mrs Eliza who has the almost impossible task of teaching Rosamund how to be a proper young lady, following etiquette and acting as any respectable young lady should Not easy when Rosamund has almost no experience outside of her life with her uncles, living beside the river Bot [...]

    2. Kathy Sharp is a novelist well known for her three charming fantasy books set on an historical, fictionalised Isle of Portland the Larus trilogy.This, her latest novel, is also set in a simpler time than our own but in a quite different place although in it, too, water plays an important part.Whales and Strange Stars begins with the quiet elegance of an otter slipping into the water The story quickly gains breadth and depth and momentum as it swims downstream, urged on by deliciousness such as t [...]

    3. Whales And Strange Stars is historical fiction, set in Kent in the late half of the 18th century In the sleepy waterside hamlet of Wych Ferry, fifteen year old Rosamund Euden lives in the Tradewinds Inn with her two uncles, Burto and Joss, and a guardian Burto is a ferryman taking passengers across the waterway, while Joss transports goods along the river in his boat the Belle Isle Most of the uncles business comes from transporting goods for the mysterious Mr Antonius The book opens with Joss t [...]

    4. Both the title and cover of this book intrigued me, as did the blurb When I began reading I had no idea what adventures were ahead of the young impressionable Rosamund Euden She s a girl who longs for adventure for a life so different to the one she currently shares with her two uncles in the port of Wych Ferry The arrival of a sea captain with his fantastic tales of what lies beyond the horizon finds Rosamund instantly caught under his spell Her longing to escape from her mundane life intensifi [...]

    5. Combining history with fantasy the lyrical prose flows across the pages The plot ripples and twists just as a river eddies It is a coming of age story and a coming of awareness tale, mixing innocence, need, greed and denial A story of family and of business, with a touch of magical mystery.An intense, emotional journey from curiosity to discovery to betrayal and learning about life.

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