Book Review: The Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey

Call Of The Sea JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Call of the Sea

Title: The Call of the Sea
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: November 1, 2022
Genre: Inspirational Historical/Viking Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter—Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sian Bessy

Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today best selling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.

Although Sian doesn’t have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Connect with Sian by visiting sianannbessey.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of The Call of the Sea, $25 Amazon Gift Card, swag bundle (including stickers, bookmark, button, cross necklace), virtual book club kit, and ebook of The Heart of the Rebellion.

The Call of the Sea JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 31, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 7, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My Thoughts on The Call of the Sea

The Call of the Sea…

Y’all I don’t even have words for this book. 

Like None. 

Sian Ann Bessey slayed me in the most wonderful of ways and I am still recovering. 

Her thoughtful characters, their deep emotions, the conversations, and the history.. Man this book will go down as one of my favorites. 

Very few authors dare travel back to the 1100s and I try to find all of them that do. That time is so rich and hard, so very different from the materialistic place we find ourselves in now.

The romance, mystery, and history Sian Ann Bessey wove is simply lovely. It grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. I was truly riveted. 

Rhiannon and Leif (I mean can you get a more Viking name than that?!) were very intriguing characters, what they learned and how they grew through this story was heart tuggingly real.

For anyone who loves history, romance, mystery, or a little bit of everything–Then this is the book you’ve been looking for. 

5 Stars. 

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Call of the Sea, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

  2. The Call of the Sea sounds like a mesmerizing read and I am looking forward to reading it, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Traveler’s Wife, for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a splendid day!