Blog Tour – ‘Song of the Sea Maid’ by Rebecca Mascull
‘Song of the Sea Maid’ is Rebecca Mascull’s second novel. It was published in paperback by Hodder & Stoughton on the 11th February 2016. I was asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour and as I really liked the sound of this book and I love historical fiction I was delighted to.
This story is set in the 18th century. Dawnay Price has had a hard childhood so far. Living on the streets of London, she is then taken to an orphanage where she stays for many years. Dawnay is a very bright child and wants to learn as much as possible. Luckily she gets the chance to be educated and this opens up many avenues for her. A woman of science, she is a natural philosopher.
Dawnay is determined not to let her background stand in the way of what she wants to achieve. In an era where women very rarely travel alone, she sets sail aboard The Prospect to the beautiful Iberian Peninsula in Portugal to develop her theories. Having fought hard against convention, Dawnay is determined to put her career above all else. Yet as war approaches she finds herself divided by feelings she cannot control.
I have already read some great books so far this year but this was one absolutely amazing and fascinating story. I loved ‘Song of the Sea Maid’. Totally engrossed, it was difficult to put this book down. You can tell that Rebecca Mascull has done a lot of research. With wonderful descriptions throughout I could actually imagine what it must have been like on board The Prospect and picture the islets. I also really like the cover of this book, it’s been so cleverly designed.
I thoroughly enjoyed following Dawnay Price’s journey. I liked how the reader is given an insight into her life from the beginning. That’s very important I think for a story like this. Dawnay was a very determined and brave young lady. It wasn’t always plain sailing for her and she witnessed lots of tragedy and destruction, but somehow Dawnay carried on. She was a real trooper! For me she will probably be one of my favourite fictional characters of all time.
‘Song of the Sea Maid’ is not a story I’ll forget and it is definitely going on my list of my favourite ever books. Well done on writing such a brilliant story, Rebecca. I really can’t wait to read your next novel.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
‘Song of the Sea Maid’ is available to buy on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1473604370?keywords=song%20of%20the%20sea%20maid&qid=1455451771&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1
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