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Shadow Beneath the Sea

Shadow Beneath the Sea

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By (author) Joanna Lloyd

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  • Publisher: Crimson Romance
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 12mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1440572356
  • ISBN 13: 9781440572357
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 415,213

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Lillian Marshall’s father is determined she will accompany him to England on board the great luxury liner, Lusitania. Walter Marshall needs an accomplice in crime to execute a shrewd con to make their fortune. Lillian is faced with an impossible decision - stay in America and marry a man she doesn’t love for stability and security, or face her fear of sea travel, her father’s crooked schemes, and an unknown future to reunite with a family she’s never known. When Edward James books passage to England on the Lusitania, he believes his future is at last out of his father’s hands and his career as a musician is within reach. Before the ship sails, Edward becomes an unwitting ally in Walter’s plan to force his reluctant daughter onto the ship. Edward finds himself drawn to the intriguing Lillian and seeks her company at every opportunity; finally facing the possibility that it may be Lillian who holds his heart. Unfortunately, his uncle has more insidious plans to wed Edward to the cold-hearted Lavinia Armitage, daughter of a family business partner. So begins a love story hindered by class, time, and promises - Edward’s to marry Lavinia and Lillian’s to steal from the man she loves. Against a backdrop of vivid characters, obscene wealth, secrets, lies, and deceit, the countdown begins toward one of the greatest war-time shipping tragedies in history.

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By Becky Lower 23 Apr 2014 5

No, actually, I can, and will say a whole lot more. If you loved the Titanic story, you will be enthralled by Shadow Beneath The Sea, the story of the sinking of the Lusitania, as it neared the Irish coast in 1915. At the time, the waters around Great Britain were considered a war zone and were known to be crawling with German UBoats.

The history and attention to detail made this book worth reading. I love being dropped into the center of significant events in history and become part of the action. But it's the characters that Joanna so nicely develops alongside the history that truly make this book sparkle. There's duplicity, treachery at every turn, despicable people who are out for their own gain at any cost, and a fabulous love story all wrapped up neatly on the decks of this luxurious ship.

You'll cry when you read about the babies who died, despite the heroic actions of people aboard the sinking ship. You'll be touched by the Irish fellow who accompanies Edward as he searches the bodies for his beloved. Most of all, you'll think about this book for days after you finish reading it. And that is the highest compliment you can give an author.

Note: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation, monetary or otherwise, was involved.

By Deborah Cordes 23 Apr 2014 5

I am a fan of Joanna Lloyd, because she writes excellent historical novels. This novel is no exception; I found myself enchanted by her heroine and hero, Lillian and Edward, as they fought dishonesty, greed, injustice, and potential heartache aboard the Lusitania. The antagonists also leapt off the page, including Lillian's father and Edward's uncle. The sequences involving the ill-fated ship's sinking and the tragic aftermath were riveting. The ending was well done, but I wanted to see what happened to Lillian and Edward next! And so, I fervently hope Ms. Lloyd is busily working on the sequel, or perhaps a series. James Cameron, take note; here is your next Titanic!

By Jade Cooper 23 Apr 2014 5

Lillian is an addictive character. I could not put the book down whenever she was on the page. It's like if you go to party, where you don't know anyone, then you strike up a conversation with someone and before you know it you've been talking to this person for hours and it seems like you are old friends. This is how I felt about this character.

Edward shows his delicious hero side often in the story. He is intelligent, musically gifted, and swoon material.

Joanna Lloyd carries the reader away on a journey of history and the fated Lusitania. You smell the salt air and feel the spray of dolphins as they swim with the ship.

The only thing I missed in this story was what happens when Lillian meets her grandmother and other relatives. Perhaps her father was not who he said he was? I hope a sequel will let me know what happens next.

A great love story that trumps Titanic, in my opinion (do to Titanic's bittersweet ending).