Sea of Hope

Written by Penelope Marzec


After being assaulted in the city, Doria Hanrahan returns to her hometown, jobless, paranoid, and expecting to cash in on her father’s fishing trawler. When she discovers the trawler has been willed to Murray Santoro, who cared for her father during his final illness, she is filled with anger and guilt. Desperate for cash she joins the crew of the Merrichase. On the ocean, far from land, she learns Murray is not only a doctor, but suspected of murder and awaiting trial. She cannot comprehend how her father trusted Murray. She suspects Murray coerced her father to change his will.

Murray finds Doria a true test of his new faith with her stubborn attitude and lack of trust. As challenges mount on their voyage, he struggles with his Christian principles. He can’t assume he has a future and his hope falters. Yet, it is Doria’s surprising strength and compassion which inspire him to be a better disciple. Then his past returns and threatens to destroy everything.




Well Written, With Lots Going On!  4 stars


Such a good read! I’m so pleased I was offered this novel to read and review.

Doria Hanrahan returns to her home village from New York City where she has been living and working since fleeing home many years earlier. Without a job, an income and with bills to pay, she is looking to sell her father’s fishing trawler which he promised to leave to her. His recent death came as a shock, but she is angered that he left his boat to someone unknown to her. So meeting that person and living with her uncle, the local priest, stresses her out especially as she lost her faith some years previously.

This is a really good story. Well plotted, with lots of action as well as a bit of romance. It’s an unpredictable tale, and an interesting one. The characters are skilfully created and very true to life. I love that the Christian side of the story was very much a part of the storyline and didn’t overtake the rest, as is often the case. There is always something happening on the page to keep the reader glued to the book, and – as is important to me – all loose ends beautifully tied up by the final page. I have to confess that I wouldn’t necessarily have given this book a second glance due to it’s cover. Both that and the style of lettering on the cover led me to the very wrong conclusion that this was a historical read when, in fact, it is set in modern times. It’s a book I’m glad to have read, and certainly one I recommend.

My thanks to the author for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: Christian romance



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2630 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publication Date: 28 February 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                               Amazon US


Meet the Author




I started reading romances as a teenager and fell in love with happy endings. As a genuine New Jerseyan, I am a member of the New Jersey Romance Writers. I also belong to the Liberty States Fiction Writers, and EPIC. Twice an EPPIE award winner and once a finalist for inspirational fiction, my paranormal, IRONS IN THE FIRE, was a nominee for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award.




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