Open Sea by Maria Gudin
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Kindle Edition: 444 Pages
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Paperback Edition: 444 Pages
Paperback Edition Price: $10.99 USD
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
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About the Book
Spain, 1639. When Len de Montemayor’s family is killed, she thinks her life is over until an aristocratic family rescues her. Len finds a soul mate in their son, Piers, and as they grow up together, their friendship becomes a love so intense that it comes with a promise: it will last forever. But with the outbreak of civil war, a dutiful Piers knows his fate is with the Royal Navy, leaving Len waving from the shore as he sails toward an uncertain future.
Piers finds himself in the throes of battle, but unlike his shipmates, he is allied to no cause but the sea. As war rages on, he eventually returns to find his home a burned shell of its former glory, his family slaughtered, and every trace of Len gone. Thinking that she died in the fire that killed his family, Piers is heartbroken and escapes to a life of privateering on the same vast ocean that divided them.
A stirring adventure of high-seas piracy, betrayal, and war, Open Sea is, above all, an epic novel of true love.
About the Author
María Gudín (Oviedo, 1962) made herself known to readers with great success thanks to her first novel, La reina sin nombre (2006), set in Spain in the 6th century, followed by Sons of a Gothic king ( 2009) and El astro nocturno (2011). Since then she has been immersed in the writing of Open Sea , where she shows once again her great sensitivity to create characters that come to life beyond the pages and her ability to move us to other eras.
She is a specialist in neurology and, since 1992, she has lived in Ciudad Real, where she works at the General Hospital. She also teaches at the university and the time she has left is focused on reading and writing.
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 story.