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Do you believe in ghosts? ~Review of "Ophelia Adrift" by Helen Goltz

July 1, 2016

 I give this one 4/5 shipwrecks.


I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.


Happy Release Day to this intriguing story from Helen Goltz!!


Ophelia's life is changing. First her parents are killed in an accident, then she is uprooted to live with her Uncle Sebastian by the sea, and then she meets the mysterious Jack Denham. It's never easy being the new girl to school, but especially not the new girl to a school where everyone has gone to school together since they were children. Luckily Ophelia meets some wonderful friends, Peggy, Harry, and Holly, and manages to settle in quite well. The town in which Ophelia has moved to is plagued by ghost stories and curses of death by drowning at sea if you are the descendant of the deceased crew of the La Bella shipwreck off of the La Bella Reef in Australia. In comes the secretive yet captivating Jack Denham who appears at night on the rocks below Ophelia's bedroom window. Where did he come from and what does he want with Ophelia?


Told through alternating points of view this captivating story about loss, love, and sacrifice is absolutely gripping. Helen Goltz has done a fantastic job weaving this tale that is reminiscent of a siren's story with a twist and is chock full of history cited with true accounts of the shipwreck the book is themed around, adding a whole new level of goosebumps while reading. I really enjoyed this book and it's tale, characters, and absolutely breathtaking scenery. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Goltz!




In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle Sebastian, his boarder – nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean's edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too.


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