Sailing aboard her father’s shop is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in the nineteenth-century San Francisco, her future is set. On her last voyage before she must marry a man she does not love, Camille learns about a life-changing secret that lies in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her long-lost mother and a map that could lead to an even greater and more dangerous secret-a stone that can bring back the dead. Throughout her journey to uncover the truth and to ressurect her father, the only person Camille can depend on is Oscar-her father’s handsome first mate-who is in love with Camille and whom she is inexplicably drawn to, despite their differences in social class. Along the way, Camille faces many treacherous obstacles, but nothing so dangerous and forbidden love and an uncertain future. (From Amazon.ca)
When I first saw this book, I didn’t even think about what the plot was. I haven’t even heard of this book until looking at it on the shelf. The cover was sure pretty! and I was looking forward to reading a light perhaps romantic historical romance YA. I was in for a real nice surprise. Yes it was historical fiction. Yes it had nice romantic elements without going overboard. But! it had a real nice action (think Indiana Jones) story to it, and it was so good that I was flying through the pages and was so engrossed in the book I nearly finished it all in one sitting.
I thought Camille was a great character. She’s likable without being too tough. She’s not too girly either. She does have fierce determination though, and that’s what really makes her admirable and likable. Her chemistry with Oscar is well done and they do make a cute couple. Again, I’d have to say, nothing over the top, nothing too mushy. It was just about right.
That’s what I noticed about this book. There’s a little bit of everything that makes it just the right amount to make this story very enjoyable to read. The adventure aspect of the book has to be my most favorite, because it really kept the story going. There are a couple of twists throughout the book and I liked the little story about her mother and what happened to her during all this time.
The ending was a real good one, and there is a sequel after this book (titled; The Eternal Sea) which I will be getting. I really want to know what happens and hopefully it will be just as good as this one. I recommend this to all YA readers. You’re in for a surprise. It’s a great adventure story with a little bit of everything, at the right amounts so you will fully enjoy the book.