Review – Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson

I LOVE being a member of Miranda Dickinson’s Team Sparkly.  I LOVE every single one of Miranda’s books and to be part of her team is awesome.  When Somewhere Beyond The Sea arrived way ahead of publication day (today) I squealed a little and got stuck in as soon as I could.

This was one of those books that was so beautifully written that I didn’t want it to end.  It was like a fine wine, needing to be savoured rather than devoured.

Seren and Jack I think are my new favourite characters from a book.  Both with their own baggage and grief that was so sensitively and stunningly written that it brought a tear to my eye on many occasions.   In fact, every single character in the book was so well written that you felt like you were firmly ensconced in their circle of friends.

I’ve only ever once visited St Ives on one occasion, and it was very long time ago but reading the descriptions of the places that were so evocatively described in the book, definitely made me want to pack up and go and live there immediately.   You could literally feel the sand beneath your toes, smell the salty sea air and reach out and touch those sea glass stars.

This was a magical, gorgeous, fabulous read, which made me feel so and I loved EVERY SINGLE PAGE from start to finish and  I really do think that this is Miranda’s best book yet.  A book full of hopes and dreams and a beautifully, stunning summer read.   Top marks Miranda.  A million sea glass stars from me!

Miranda has been doing a number of vlogs about the book and the story behind it which made it come to life even more for me.  You can follow these vlogs here:

And you can buy the book here:

About the book: 

Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?

Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.

Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.

Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.

Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?

Miranda Dickinson’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea is a sparkling tale of love, life and finding magic where you least expect it.

About the author:

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Born in 1973 in Wolverhampton, she grew up in Kingswinford and dreamed of one day writing a book that would reach the heady heights of Kingswinford Library… Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on – HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors. Within three weeks of its release, Fairytale of New York had entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List, where it remained for five weeks – making it the world’s first crowd-sourced bestseller. The novel was also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010 at the Pure Passion Awards.

Miranda is a six-times Sunday Times Bestseller, with Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take a Look at Me Now, I’ll Take New York, A Parcel for Anna Browne and Searching for a Silver Lining. Her new Christmas novella, Christmas in St Ives, is a festive treat and also a prequel to her ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, which publishes in June 2018. She is an international bestseller in four countries and her books have been translated into fifteen languages. To date, she has sold one million books worldwide. She is currently writing her tenth novel.

Miranda lives in Dudley with her husband, Bob and daughter, Flo. She is also a singer-songwriter and recently released her first solo album, About Time.

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