Published: 01/08/2012
ISBN: 9781780882116
eISBN: 9781780887647
Format: Paperback/eBook



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The Celestial Sea
A sacred romance and moral quest
by Marina de Nadous

A glorious, exciting and heart-wrenching tale, The Celestial Sea is the first book in a new series.

This is the story of an English housewife and mother and an artistic Kiwi man; musician, woodsman and teacher, who find themselves embracing life in the Southern Hemisphere in the most unexpected and extraordinary way. Plucked from the bosom of all she has ever known; she finds herself exploring the beautiful land of Aotearoa, New Zealand, in the company of a thrilling companion whose own settled, community life is challenged by her arrival.

Walking a fine line between blessing and disaster their creative liaison becomes a clandestine love affair of epic proportion, surprising them both with its spiritual truth. Dare they merge their growing affection into an everyday reality? Through the often hilarious adventures that make up their ‘ordinary’ routines they find themselves escaping to the tranquillity of their imaginary boat, The Celestial Sea; sailing for many months in uncharted waters and alighting upon shores of such passion and sensuality that they risk capsizing, causing an almighty scandal in the harbour.

The Celestial Sea culminates as the profundity of their connection leads to a tragic ending of thwarted love – but is it really the end...? Find out in the subsequent books planned for the series entitled Dry-Dock, Setting Sail, Calm Waters, No Horizon, Kookaburra on the Deck, Time is the Brake.

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I found this book fascinating as it is like reading someone's diary. The protaganist is fulfilling those imaginings we have all fantasised about - emmigrating to a better life, temptation and having an affair, starting a new life in different ways, leaving a long marriage and yet maintaing the ideal of being a perfect mother...
The themes of middle age, duty versus fulfillment, longing and spirituality are explored candidly and it is easy to identify with the author.
The medium of emails works well and is an illustration of the way online communicating can,rightly or wrongly, make the impossible, possible.
The frame story gives a beautiful reflection of the main text and hints of what is to come. The novel is altogether worth a read and there is more to it than meets the eye. I found it absorbing and thought provoking and recommend it as I have read no other book like it.

by Tamsin Holroyd


 

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