The Boundless Deep

The Boundless Deep

Paperback - 2008
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Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we've done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep , Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization.

Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England's whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality.

The answer is: all too well. Liza's dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship's captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.

Though skeptical of Liza's claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza's intense desire to know the truth--about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife. But Adam isn't the only man with an interest in Liza--handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.

In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart's desire.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765319722
Characteristics: 432 p. ; 21 cm.


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debrajjackson Dec 01, 2014

Really, really loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, I don't think this author is writing anymore. At least, nothing seems to be in the works. Too bad.

Jul 06, 2013

This book is the literary equivalent to eating double fudge chocolate ice cream. You know it's bad but it's sooo good! The writing is horrible, the story line is laughable. Somehow (and don't ask me how) I saw some what of myself in Liza Donovan the main character. Mainly just her mannerisms and reactions to events and probably a little bit of her relationship with Adam the museum curator. I really began to care about her and the other characters. I couldn't put it down, I knew it was bad and I knew my friends would make fun of me for reading it, but I had to know what happened to her. Just a step above those silly harlequin romances. If your looking for a summer read full of whimsy, this might be it.


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