By An Eldritch Sea
Carolee Joy
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By An Eldritch Sea

Carolee Joy
Authorlink Press Paperback
254 pages
February 2000
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Her father has warned her to never visit Orkney, but Kelsey MacKenzie has to know why her mother died. When she is asked to go specifically for research, Kelsey can't turn the offer down based on her father's words alone. She wants to do research with Dr. Bracken. But Kelsey never expected to learn that his previous assistant, Lana, had drowned. Nor does she expect to be thrown in the direction of Dr. Cade Douglas.

Weird things happen when Cade is around. Although the men imply that she only dreams the events, but Kelsey recalls details. She can't understand what's happening, nor why she is being lied to. Cade does his best to destroy her memories, but her will is too strong. She won't let him tamper with her mind as his grandfather insists.

By an Eldritch Sea plods along, a typical romance including a meddler determined to keep Cade and Kelsey apart while the real reason behind Cade's secrecy remains hidden. The meddler proceeds to swipe her memories, and Kelsey is left knowing only the purpose of the research assignment and the fact that she can't stand to be around Cade and his rude manner. But the dreams continue to haunt her nights while Cade haunts her days. Kelsey is about to give up and go home when Dr. Bracken talks her into an expedition to acquire more specimens. Little does she know that she is only along as bait.

The legends of the seals and selkies definitely makes a normal scientist wonder about possibilities, although the fascination may prove fatal. But for whom? The humans? Or the seals they search?

Many stories reaching toward the unusual are either captivating or boring. By an Eldritch Sea defies all logic, forcing science to disprove the sightings of things not of this world. Using the lure of the ocean and the graceful seals, author Carolee Joy gives Kelsey the chance at love and grace that she's never before had the opportunity to dissect for herself. As the tale plays itself out, bringing forth the heritage Kelsey has been searching to understand, Cade remains the elusive man biding his time until all can be told and the forbidden woman can be his forever.

Unheard-of characters play vital roles, including a man named Meredith who just wants what is best for his family, and Dr. Norlund, who only looks after what he believes to be right. Even so, some readers may find the hero distasteful as his interests directly conflict with the rest of the team's -- until the truth is finally told.

© 2003 by Brenda Ramsbacher for Curled Up With a Good Book

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