Seldom Come By, written by author Sherryl Caulfield, is a book published about a year ago and is set-up to be a trilogy. At almost 500 pages, this book is an epic within itself and I had to start reading on it much earlier than most and give time to place myself into the beautiful Newfoundland setting and place, which is WWI. The book opens just two years after an iceberg sunk the Titanic.
Since I generally don’t re-hash plots, even if I did this one is much too large to do so, and I’d want you as a reader to experience it for yourself because it really is a book you must immerse yourself in. If you like large romantic epics, this book is for you! I highly recommend it for a long holiday break read, snuggled up with a warm blanket, comfy socks, and your fireplace if you need one. Be sure to have a box of Kleenex on hand as well.
Even though it’s a very long book, it isn’t sapped down with a lot of unnecessary details or rambling passages. The book moves with fairly good momentum but over a large span of time. There are happy time and sad times, it is an emotional roller coaster, as many epic novels are I suppose. She really sets up her couple as a memorable partnership that you find yourself caring about, and pulling for, and imagining what their life must have been like at that time in history. It was an interesting take on another country’s part (Canada’s) in WWI as well as the hardships people endured during it.
I enjoyed her sense of place during the bright times and her details of the locations. It certainly made me want to travel, except during the dark, cold times! The times during war were pretty dreary and sad and not as interesting to me as the times they shared together. I was sad for the many things Rebecca endured in her life.
It’s a very large undertaking of a book for a debut novel. It isn’t as vivid with decadent visuals as much as I’d have liked. I would like to see her write more flowing sentences. It may have been better just to write a novel of Rebecca and leave out some of the war sections, but that is being picky for most readers (just the editor in me looking with a critical eye). It isn’t a fluffy romance or a breezy one, or even a cozy one if that is what you like, but it’s well-written, the plot is clean and engaging, and the romance, a dramatic one full of love, loss, forgiveness, redemption, trust, and loyalty.
A great start to a saga to span generations and many decades. It takes us on one Canadian’s couple journey through WWI with smiles of joy and tears of sadness, connecting us to them, their time, and their place. If you like romance with great depth, this one is recommended for you, but be sure to block out a good amount of time to really devote to it.
Seldom Come By: The Iceberg Trilogy 1~
Series: Iceberg Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family.
Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home and safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path.
Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.
Praise for Seldom Come By~
“Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story — a great accomplishment and a wonderful read.” – Julie Fison, Australia
“A wholly engaging read that wraps you up in another world. The story of how Samuel and Rebecca met and fell in love will always stay with me — and leaves me feeling as if I have already visited Newfoundland.” – Carolyn Wood, New Zealand
“If you love deep, epic, romantic stories this is one for you.” – Jeannie Zelos, United Kingdom
“Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre and this book captures the elements perfectly. An engaging, strong heroine, a dashing, honorable stranger, a brutal daily life existence in Newfoundland set during WWI. The story and characters are made more rich by the superb writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.” – Diane Tyson, USA
“This book was a real treat to read. By 30% in I was completely invested in the characters. The strength, passion and adversity that the couple have to endure are reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, but beyond that, Rebecca and Samuel find their own way of handling things. I have already found myself recommending this book to others that have loved The Bronze Horseman. I do believe that if you enjoy an epic love story, this will make a fine reading suggestion.” – Karen Scott, Canada
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Author Sherryl Caulfield, Biography~
Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.
In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangeline and Lindsay – over the course of a century. In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul.
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