The Call of the Sea

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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022

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On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter—Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs. 

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom...


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Advance Praise

"Author Sian Ann Bessey has a gift for painting beautiful scenery with words alone, transporting readers to a world far away and lost to time. Such a setting would be wasted, however, if it weren’t also accompanied by three-dimensional characters and a sweeping tale to take place in it. Fortunately, The Call of the Sea delivers on both fronts, with Rhiannon and Leif both going through emotional growth over the course of the story that is wonderful to watch unfold."  -5-Star Readers' Favorite Review

"Author Sian Ann Bessey has a gift for painting beautiful scenery with words alone, transporting readers to a world far away and lost to time. Such a setting would be wasted, however, if it weren’t...


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ISBN 9781524422257
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I love the cover of this book, and I started reading it, without even reading the description. Even though this book has Welsh words that I couldn't pronounce, I got caught up in the story, of Rhiannon, who loves to walk along the cliffs and look out at the sea. Rhiannon, awaits the appearance of the man her father has consented to marry her. On that same evening, her families estate is ransacked by Vikings. Rhiannon's life is changed in an instant.
Leif is the son of a Viking leader, and is unlike other Vikings, who like to lute and pillage. He dreams of being a silversmith, learning the trade and selling his wares.. He longs to find out the truth, when a Welsh man lands on their shores, accused of murder. Leif unlike other Vikings, knows the Gaelic language, and has the advantage of being able to translate between his people and the Welsh people, he decides to find out what this man is being accused of. This is a well written book that I so enjoyed.
This book kept me turning pages and I didn't want to stop reading.

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