Ocean’s Justice and Ocean’s Trial by Demelza Carlton #Review

Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, eighteen-year-old Maria is saved by the crew of the steamship Trevessa.
She can’t tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories – and some would sacrifice her to the seas to save themselves from the coming storm.
Scottish engineer William McGregor boarded the Trevessa in search of adventure. He finds a crew convinced their ship is cursed, as he fights to protect the mysterious girl and bring her safely to shore.
When the sharks start circling and the storm closes in, are sirens more than just a myth

Ocean’s Justice”, by Demelza Carlton, is the story of a mysterious woman by the name of Maria who is discovered at sea by the ship Trevessa. On the vessel, she meets a passenger named William McGregor, and even though the idea of having a woman on board the ship does not sit well with the crew, she is taken in and looked after by said passenger. As the relationship develops, we learn more about Maria’s background and true nature…even as others on board have other plans for the young woman.

            I found this piece of fiction very detailed and realistic in the places that needed to be realistic and truly loved the fact that I was reading a very character-driven story. While this sort of setting isn’t one I normally read about, I couldn’t find anything out of place…though I think it would have been helpful if the story itself had a better indication of the time period it was set in. The use of marmite on a sandwich gave me a pretty clear idea about what part of the world we were in, though that point could also have stood to be more obvious for the reader as well. But these are honestly minor quibbles.
            What a reader gets from this tale is a solid romance story with good characters and a solid basis for the rest of the series to spring from.  The pacing might have been a little slow at times, but I found that a refreshing change from other stories that seem to dive straight in and are finished before the reader has a solid foot in the world being created. I would recommend this piece and look forward to seeing where this story goes.
(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 
Smuggled ashore by the kind widow Merry D’Angelo, Maria begins her new life in the colonial port city of Fremantle.
With the help of a young fisherman named Tony, she fights to find her place among a people so different to her own.
Yet danger lurks beneath the surface of the turbulent harbour waters as her past races to catch up with her; threatening her future and her friends, and forcing her to choose between her old love and the new
Ocean’s Trial” is the second book in Demelza Carlton’s series entitled Ocean’s Gift. It continues the tale of Maria, now the survivor of two shipwrecks and on the run from her mother as she adapts to a quiet life in the fishing town of Fremantle. Haunted by both her family history as well as her loss of William McGregor on the doomed Trevessa,  Maria has to decide how to move on and continue with her life in two worlds.

            Having finished both this book and “Ocean’s Justice”, I have to say that this book here feels more complete on its own than the other. Maria interacts with many more characters as the story is not limited to the confines of a ship, and readers learn much more about the main character in both terms of history and motivation as she adapts more and more to the mundane world.  While the first book is a complete story in and of itself, readers get a far better look at the time and place these events are set in as well.
            The thing I find the most fascinating is how the author has taken a well-known fairy tale and made it her own by placing it in a very different and realistic setting.  She uses the contrast of romantic fantasy and realism very effectively, and the story becomes very distinctive because of that dichotomy. Her use of language is very effective as well, and she has the ability to paint a scene well with just the right amount of text. (I tend to like more descriptive tales instead of less, but she hits a fantastic balance.)  Once again, I would recommend this work to people looking for something just a little different in their romance stories…this world will ot be easily forgotten.
 
            (Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 
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