Originally published: June 2018
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Page count: 488
Reading dates: 14-19 June 2018
Star Rating: 4/5
Set in the beautiful Cornish town of St Ives, Seren MacArthur is grieving for her father whilst trying to save the art gallery business he loved so much. Jack Dixon, a widower with a young daughter Nessie is living in a caravan park, desperately trying to hold things together and keep their heads above water.
Jack and his daughter Nessie, love making shapes out of the seaglass that is washed up on Gwithian beach and one day, Seren finds one uncompleted and decides to finish it off. Jack and Nessie love finding the completed star and making the seaglass shapes between them gives a little bit of magic and happiness to both Seren and Jack.
As well as trying to keep her father’s business going, Seren is leading a community campaign to try and save a local landmark, the home of local female astronomer Elinor Carne. When Jack is employed as a project manager by the man who wants to develop the site Jack and Seren end up on opposing sides of the battle.
This a magical story, set in a beautiful part of the world. Miranda Dickinson is good at creating characters you feel you could be friends with and a story that keeps you wanting more. I haven’t read anything by Miranda Dickinson for several years and I’ll certainly be looking into her back catalogue. Somewhere Beyond the Sea is an easy feel good read, which can’t fail to tug at the heart strings – I really understood the grief Seren feels for the loss of her father and the obligation she has to carry on his work. And Jack’s relationship with Nessie is lovely – I love especially how fiercely he fights her corner after an incident at school.
Miranda has also added lots of extra content which makes me want to visit St Ives even more including a guide to the best places in St Ives, the best food to eat and also a playlist of music to go along with the book.
Thank you to ed public relations for sending me a copy of this and inviting me to be part of the blog tour! Head over to Jera’s Jamboree tomorrow to see her post!
About the author:
Miranda is a Sunday Times Bestselling author of six books, and has been shortlisted twice for RNA awards (for Novel of the Year in 2010 with Fairytale of New York and again in 2012 for Contemporary Novel of the Year for It Started With a Kiss). She has been published in seven languages and been a bestseller in four countries and has sold over half a million books.
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