Seven years ago, Meriel Byrne was
thrilled to attend the Burbank company party at the old
Block Island Sound mansion. Falling over the edge of a
cliff, resurrecting a family curse, and turning into a seal
weren’t on her list of things to do. Now her biggest worries
are finding food and preventing herself from becoming a
killer whale’s main course. But once a year, she returns to
the bay to look at the mansion and wonder what might have
become of her life had she remained human.
Ronan Burbank’s playboy lifestyle ended
shortly after Meriel vanished. Plagued by an embezzling
employee and rumors he’d murdered Meriel, he’d been forced
to sell his business piece by piece. All that’s left is his
racing boat company, Winner Take All Racing. One stormy
night, filled with misery and buoyed by liquor, he steers
his sailboat into the sea, intent on ending it all.
Luckily, Meriel is there to save his
sorry ass. Granted a temporary reprieve for her selfless
act, Meriel has just one day to find a way to end her curse.
Can love truly conquer all? You’ll have to read the story to
A sweet and enduring modern day fairy
tale, Heart of the Sea is one of those stories
you’ll find yourself returning to when you need a
pick-me-up. In a nice twist, it’s the heroine who actually
rescues the hero from his sad state. Sela Carsen’s depiction
of a human-turned-seal-turned-human again is humorous and
engaging. The only thing you’ll be left wanting is for more
pages to turn.