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Beyond the Blue

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Della B, Reviewer

Beyond the Blue on the surface is an age gap, Ice Queen romance. The Ice Queen is Dr. Mei Sharpe, the county medical examiner who lost her husband of thirty years only two years ago. Lieutenant Morgan Kelly is a detective who recently transferred to the county to start up a cold case division. Morgan lives her life out loud with a loveable exuberance.

For a debut novel, O’Shea has delivered an extraordinary story filled with humour and witty banter overlaying dark psychological trauma and loss. We are casually handed bits and pieces of Morgan’s past. The subtlety O’Shea employs to drop her plot line bombs is pure genius.

The other major plot line is Mei’s late in life coming out while still grieving her loss. It is a realistic look at a person being one thing for the majority of their life and when given the opportunity to explore and grow they find their true self.

The story is refreshing in its originality and depth. We experience more darkness than is expected in any romance yet it is handled with a soft touch. All of this makes Beyond the Blue a must read novel on everyone’s list.

I received an advance review copy from Bella Books and NetGalley. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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