Title: ETERNAL SEAS
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
“A journey of love and life through time and tragedy that few have the courage to take, fewer live to remember & readers will never forget…”
Eternal bonds of love and tragedy surrounding the sea have been fulfilled and broken through generations of life. They haunt Ella Rowe, a reporter from Tampa, FL with secrets, lies, spirits, and memories of living in other times with similar fates. Ella’s fear makes her run from love—until the sea brings a man perfect for her—Navy fighter pilot Daniel Ellsworth. Facing life and death issues in a timeless odyssey of mystery and peril from Key West to Europe to Maine, the plot twists keep readers fascinated from the first chapter to the end. Will their destiny be fulfilled, or will tragedy be repeated as Ella and Daniel endure heartbreak to find love, and face death to find life?
“I promise, when I leave on a ship to fly jets, I will always come back to you. In one way or another, I will come back. In time, all ships must return to port. Ella, you are my home port.”
In that moment, his words were truer than any she’d ever heard. But with eyes closed, her spirit lifted into another realm and through the potent energy passing between them, she detected a whisper. As had happened before, it did not emanate from her brain like a thought; it came from outside herself and drifted in. Just as she knew the light from a star took a thousand years to reach her eyes, she sensed this message was spoken long ago in some ancient time and had just reached her ear on this day. It was the familiar voice of a man who had loved her, and when he’d held her, he smelled of the salt air and the sea, and he had said, I promise I will come back to you.
She heard the words now, but her lover in that ancient time had never returned. And now the loss of him drifted back through time as well—it still had a home in her heart, a grief so deep and pervasive it would never leave. The pain was not just felt; it’d been imprinted on her, like a brand on the soul, marking her for life and obviously beyond it. There was no getting over that kind of pain.
Soaring through a world of infinite blue, of sky and sea with no horizons, no beginning or end, was like flying off the earth into the arms of God. It was as close to heaven as Daniel Ellsworth imagined it to be. There was no greater thrill than catapulting off a carrier flight deck in a Navy fighter jet with engines roaring, cutting through the air at insane speeds. He entered the zone, as he called it—defying nature, commanding the space above the Atlantic Ocean and loving every minute with his senses tuned in razor-sharp to every sight and sound in the cockpit.
But today there was something wrong. An odd sensation tugged in his gut. Approaching cruising altitude, he did another flight check: no problems; the sea was calm, the sky was clear and welcoming in this routine flight. His rational mind knew there was no basis for concern, but Daniel’s trusted inner voice said, Something is coming, and this is fair warning. He knew he’d have no control over whatever it was, like going in for a landing into destiny.
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With a death grip on the steering wheel after an hour’s drive from the tip of south Florida heading toward Key West, Ella Rowe saw a bridge in the distance. It was seven miles long and suspended over open water with not a speck of land in sight. It was Ella’s idea of hell—driving over ocean and sky through an endless blue nightmare, trapped in a car with no way to get off but over the side. Even worse was an hour and a half more of driving through the Florida Keys mostly over water, over forty-two islands connected by forty-two bridges. As much as she had tried to suppress it, the war inside her between the fear, love, and hate of the sea raged. The longer she drove, the stronger it got, and the fear was taking over. But there was no place to escape as she approached the Seven Mile Bridge with no exits, just road and sea. An accident here would send you to a watery death, she thought. I’ve heard Key West is a paradise, like heaven on earth, but driving through hell to get there doesn’t seem worth the trip.
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What’s the first binge-worthy book you read and why was it a must-read?
One of them was the first book I read by Elin Hildebrand—The Castaways. A wonderful large group of characters, a death/possible murder with lots of mystery, all set in gorgeous Nantucket. Romance, drama, suspense, great writing and pace, and authentic small-town, historic ocean settings. Four couples, children, neighbors and townspeople’s lives are all intertwined especially when two of their group dies in a boating accident, or was it? A fast-paced read filled with emotion, mystery, and revelations that keep you guessing until the end.
What makes this a binge-worthy book?
Eternal Seas is binge-worthy with its otherworldly quality and spanning hundreds of years’ time and lives. It’s filled with mysteries, mysticism, and stories of loss at sea that make Ella Rowe fear for the life of any man she loves—and so she loves no one until Navy fighter pilot Daniel Ellsworth rocks her world. From Key West to Europe to Maine, Ella and Daniel’s journey is hard to put down!
Praise for Eternal Seas:
“…Ella’s memories of her near-drowning incident were striking and written with such beauty that I was pulled right into the terror felt by the young girl. . . the book is an interesting look at the concepts of fate, destiny, and beliefs.” – BookBub reviewer
“Wow, what a beautiful story…lyrical narration set in Key West. …The characters…drive this story. The spiritual element…kept me turning the pages…mystery and romance added to the depth of the plot… a perfect summer read.” – N.N. Light’s Book Heaven
…It's a great read if you believe in love, romance, fate, spirituality or any of the above. There is nothing ho-hum about this beautifully written book - you'll be guessing from the first page to the last! – Amazon reviewer
Beautiful story of love, passion and mystery. …N. Christine Samuelson has a wonderful talent of connecting you to the characters, their emotions and the settings so you feel you are part of the story. … I loved every part of the book and did not want it to end. – Amazon reviewer
“…a moving story filled with intrigue, wonder and dare I say, a mystical connection. Lots of fun for summer and anytime you need to be taken away into adventure! – Amazon reviewer
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N. Christine Samuelson writes Women’s Fiction and contemporary novels of love, life and relationships, and of the eternal bonds that transform life and transcend time. Her stories reflect the challenges, fears and conflicts, tragedies and victories that manifest through a powerful connection of love. Her characters and story lines are grounded in reality but have a touch of mysticism and mystery.
From living in 14 cities in 10 states, with years of formal and self-taught education and three different careers, (from Fortune 500 to entrepreneur, to graphic designer and newspaper production) she’s always been a writer. Through this journey she acquired a wealth of personal, professional, and life experiences which inspire the diverse settings, characters, and authentic storylines of her novels written in a unique voice.
Currently living in coastal South Carolina, the people, land and sea are constant sources of inspiration. She hopes readers of her books will be inspired to look at life and love through a different lens and realize no matter your circumstance, we all share similar stories in our lives and our hearts.
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