Monday, February 6, 2017

The Sea Between - #TeaserTuesday and #FirstChapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

Australia and New Zealand are at the top of my must-visit list. Through the pages of The Sea Between, Margaret Sutherland took me to those countries as they existed in the early 1900s. What a trip! The book follows Dot from childhood to motherhood and shows daily life and social mores during the Roaring Twenties, First World War, and Great Depression. If you like family sagas, you'll enjoy this "Trans-Tasman Story" too.

FYI: I've featured another book by this author previously. Link here: Saving Shelby Summers 
Margaret's latest release is Her Valentine Romance: Link here.

Here's the First Paragraph from the Prologue:
Auckland, 1919
   It was here - the day she was leaving the world - and, even now, life was asking Dot to reconsider. As she stepped down from the tram and began to walk, the clean scent of rain steamed from the drying road. Bright flowers in front gardens lifted sodden faces to the sun. The grass was as green as a Granny Smith. Sparrows hopped, pecking, sipping; and, somewhere in the canopy that overhung the convent wall, hidden birds opened their small throats in a pure and rapturous singing.

Teaser (from 7% on my Kindle):
   Writers were grand people. He wouldn't mind being one, except that he had nothing to write about. 

Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Length: 344 Pages
Amazon Link: The Sea Between
Author Website: Margaret Sutherland

Synopsis (from Amazon):
     Growing up in New Zealand during the unsettled years of the First World War, Dot Butler is deserted by her father when she is eleven. Shattered, unable to hate and blame him as her mother and siblings do, she decides his going must be her fault.     
     At the age of eighteen, seeking safe and lasting love, she decides to leave the provincial Irish-Catholic life of Wellington and enters the convent. Her health breaks down and she finds herself, a misfit, back in the changing world of the twenties.
     Moving to Sydney, she tries various careers and samples the flapper’s fun-loving life. Working as a nurse at St. Vincent’s hospital, she meets Chas, an English seaman. Serious, resourceful and handsome, he is a complete contrast to the juvenile men who have partnered Dot to dances, parties and the beach. Opposites in nature, Dot and Chas fall in love, and their impulsive courtship becomes a headlong marriage.
     Six years on, in 1933, it is the depths of the Depression. Restless as ever, and hating country life, Dot persuades Chas to take the family home to New Zealand and her fantasy of secure love. Instead she meets conflict of every kind. Her brother is in jail, her mother is ill, and her worldly sister is making eyes at Chas. Dot must face her worst fear and meet the father who left without a goodbye. When she finds he isn’t the villain she has come to believe in, their reconciliation frees her to examine her life and see that her options for happiness lie in her own hands.

     With a wide cast and significant background of war, epidemic and Depression, this trans-Tasman story follows the Butler men and women in their pursuit of love. God, romance, money and sex lure them on, across oceans and into the answers of the heart.

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24 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Yes! This sounds right up my street Sandra. I love a good historical saga and this one beginning in New Zealand sounds as though it has lots of promise.

Margot said...

The first paragraph makes me feel welcome. I love that as well as family sagas and this time period. I want to read this.

Laura Thomas said...

Wow. Such a visual excerpt. And fun choice for your teaser.

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I don't read much historical fiction so I'd pass on this one. Hope you enjoy it.

Laura Agnella said...

Wow, a lot going on in this one. It does sound interesting even though it isn't my first choice of genre these days. Have a lovely week!
Laura :)
My FPFC Tuesday

Kay said...

That sounds interesting! I loved the intro - you could hear the birdsong!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Thanks for sharing this new-to-me book and author. I like the opening and the book cover and would definitely keep reading.

Beth F said...

I like family sagas, the setting, the time period and the writing! Win!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love books set in Australia and New Zealand...I feel as if I am actually there. Family sagas are also favorites of mine. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Ms. M. said...

Sounds like an interesting family saga. I'm curious as to how it turns out for her. Here's my link for today's intro/teaser: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1uf from Postcards from the Edge.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I really do want to visit New Zealand and Australia one of these days.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's great description throughout this book. I could really "see" the settings.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me, too.

Emma Littlefield said...

I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction but I like the sound of this and don't think I have read enough set in Australia or anything set in New Zealand so may be one to try?

judy said...

Sounds fascinating. Will look it up at my fav "bookstore," the KCLS. Btw, if you like Down Under stories, you might enjoy A Place to Call Home, a four-season (so far) series set in post-WW2 Australia. First three seasons available at the library.

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

You had me at "the day she was leaving the world." It looks like it will be a winner for you; I hope so.

sjhigbee said...

I love the tease about writers:). This sounds great fun, Sandra!

Sheery Hall said...

This sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing it.

Kym Thorpe said...

I think this would be interesting. The Teaser you chose really got my attention.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for the recommendation.

Eustacia Tan said...

I love that teaser, although I'll have to disagree. There's always something to write about(:

Denise @ Life With No Plot said...

New Zealand is definitely on my must-visit list as well, and watching The Lord of the Rings movies isn't helping - I really want to go now! :) Happy reading!

Denise @ Life With No Plot

Literary Feline said...

I think I would really like this one. I would love to visit New Zealand and Australia someday.

Laura said...

Sounds interesting. Loved the teaser. Thanks for sharing it and for coming by!