Open Sea

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 18 Sep 2018

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"I would recommend Open Sea, but at some points in the story  you will get confused by who is actually talking." That being said, "Open Sea" is a great book about redemption, courage and love. The story follows mostly Catalina telling her story, but allows switches to Piers to tell some of what has transpired with him over the years.
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This is a story was incredible. At times, it seemed to drag and I felt like I was being given a history lesson. Which, is totally fine, because I love history and it really give this story more volume. Having said that I still had trouble putting it down. It was worth the effort.
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I would like to thank the Netgalley website and Amazon Crossing Publishing for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted to the blanket, you can see the beautiful Len.

The story takes place in 1639 in Spain where Len's family is killed. She will be saved by an aristocratic family and fall in love with their son except that with the civil war that breaks out, he is forced to leave, when he returns he will find his family massacred and no traces of Len.

I loved this book, a real crush between this love story between Len and Piers and the civil war, the author leads us in an adventure of piracy and love with brio.
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What a beautiful translated work of art. This story encompasses history and romance. Although lengthy, it was worth every page. I would definitely recommend it to the right audience.
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An unusual and actually deeply romantic read.  Len and Piers are delightful characters who you will root for. The sea battles are well written and Gudin managed to sustain tension.  Will there be a happy ending?  Well, no spoilers but this one made me smile.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC and to Amazon for bringing novels in translation to the English reading market.
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Its a translated (very well done may I add) piece of art. 

I absolutely loved it. The history facts were on point and the way Miss Maria described the battles makes you feel like you're there. 

I loved this one. And would definitely recommend to the right audience. I love anything that has to do with the sea, so it was a win for me.
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Just when Catalina's childhood lover Piers, seems to be falling deeper in love with her, he goes off to war. Now he's dead, what is Catalina supposed to do now? But that isn't the worst of her fears. What are those strange noises in the middle of the night? What secrets does Oak Park hold so tightly?

Now, I must say this first. "I would recommend Open Sea, but at some points in the story (quite a few actually), you will get confused by who is actually talking." That being said, "Open Sea" is a great book about redemption, bravery, courage and love. The story follows mostly Catalina telling her story, but allows switches to Piers to tell some of what has transpired with him over the years.

I would recommend "Open Sea," to anybody who loves a good little pirate set story.
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This was quite the adventure! The author’s note is impressively detailed and almost as fascinating as the fictional story but be sure not to read this until the end.

There’s so much to this novel but it’s never too heavy nor overdone. The characters of Piers and Len were fascinating to read about and what they go through is heartbreaking. One scene in particular made me look away.

The most fascinating part for me was how real historical events were used and evoked to create this story of struggles, power and ultimately love. The story captures the time and place of the  mid-1600’s with style and all of the five senses placing you right at the heart of the action in the squalor on one hand, and the rich homes where status and political position was everything.

If you don’t like sailing, be warned - the battle of the Armada comes to life and you feel part of the chaos, excitement and danger

There’s a lot to love here - a film of the story would be amazing.
Oh and kudos to the translator - very nicely done! smooth unlike the sea int he setting!
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This story is based on around the battle of Spanish and the English who were persecuting Catholics under Queen’s Elizabeth’s rule. 
I loved both Piers and Len ‘s character in this book. I was able to follow along with Len’s present life and could tell when she was about to reflect on her past. I could feel the pain and happiness of Len, Piers on the other hand zealous, hardworking, very strong, tender, driven and dedicated to both his family and to his lifelong dreams of sailing characters and very well written by the author. 
One of my favorites parts of the book was when Pier’s shows determination to become Sailor, as quoted “Nihil difficile volante”, It means “Nothing is difficult for he who wants.’ The scenes that described Len’s capture and her rape ached my heart. I wanted it to end the continuous suffering she’s been through, I wanted author to do something good for her character.
The Open Sea was well structured this book was translated by Cynthia Steele; I had no issues with translation.  I had never read Maria Gudin’s work before; I liked the way she had used historical events to create this love story. Maria Gudin’s characters were very alive, especially this book reflected the early to mid-1600’s where status and political position was everything.

The author beautifully incorporated historic battles and events, like the battle of the Armada, into the lives of the characters, leaving them wounded generations later.
Moving and heartrending, this tale starts with a wordless Len, living with her uncle. As her story unfolds, the reason for her silence becomes clearer. Amidst all the chaos Piers and Len overcome their hurdles and restore their love.
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Moving and heartrending, this tale starts with a wordless Len, living with her uncle.  As her story unfolds, the reason for her silence becomes clearer.  Born in Spain, Len experienced a series of tragedies as a young girl.  Her mother died young under terrible circumstances, but Len was rescued by an English noble family.  She is educated and raised with their children in England.  Their younger son, Piers, has always loved the sea.  While Len and Piers are best friends as children, Piers seizes an opportunity to sail when it comes.  Despite the separation and the upheaval due to the English civil war, Len and Piers friendship evolves into deep love.  Then, the catastrophe comes close to home..  Len loses everyone, including Piers.   Her uncle rescues her and brings her to Hispaniola.  There, Piers and Len learn their loves still live.  Can they overcome their brokenness and restore each other?
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Just like she buried her tragic past, Len also hid away her whole personality away from society when she arrived at her Uncle’s (a jurist) mansion. Pretending to know little English, she reflects on her past, slowly revealing her orphaned life, and her blossoming love for her best friend, Piers, a son of a wealthy man who took Len in after her mother’s death. As the plot unraveled, I began to understand why the girl was so reserved and would shut people out or appear to show no interest in the high society of the mid-1600’s.

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