Thursday, October 8, 2009

By Love or By Sea Book Review

I'm excited to add another book review to Rachelle's Book Club!
By Love or By Sea written by Rachel Rager

Back Cover Blurb:
ALice Lind Frank never forgot the boy she loved when she was just six years old, even after he was lost at sea. Now a young woman, Alice has found happiness in living and working with her grandparents, and in the affection of Clarence Hielott, the wealthy shipyard owner who intends to make Alice his bride.

When a ragged sailor appears in town, Alice is reminded of the young boy who once held her heart. Upon learning that the sailor is in fact her childhood love, Caleb, she finds herself falling for him again ....

Action, adventure, and most of all, romance, make By Love or By Sea a thrilling and emotional love story you won't soon forget.

Rachelle's Review:
Isn't the cover beautiful? I love it when the cover lends to the imagination factor. I also am happy when I find a clean romance. Rachel infuses passion into her story, but leaves it clean so you can read it without blushing. If you like to read romances, you'll enjoy By Love or By Sea with its charming story.

My Nitpicks: Dialogue is a tricky part of writing. A general rule of thumb is to never attach an adverb (most words ending in -ly) to a dialogue tag. The main reason for this, is it's redundant. Stick to "said" as your main dialogue tag and show me the rest.

Rachel's done a great job of crafting a story with good romantic arc, intrigue, and some nice kissing scenes, too!

Would you like to win a free copy of this book? Leave a comment on my review, or become a follower of Rachel's blog, you'll be entered in a drawing for an autographed copy of the book. See my sidebar for a list of other reviewers. You can comment on more than one review and become a follower and be entered multiple times.

Rachel agreed to give me an author interview--thanks Rachel!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the mother of three beautiful young girls. My husband and I have been married for eight and half years. I love to sing and have a degree in vocal performance for opera. I published By Love or By Sea in April 2009 but have seven stories that are complete and five works in progress! I love to read any good, clean romance book, ride my bike, go on picnics with my family, write, sing and bake! (Not usually at the same time, of course!)

Tell us how you came up with the idea for this book?
I was writing my second story and was in the shower one day when I came up with the idea for By Love or By Sea. (By Love or By Sea is the third story I wrote. The first and second are prequels to By Love or By Sea.)I wrote down some notes and when I was done with the one I was working on, I began By Love or By Sea. It wasn’t until I was partway done that I decided to use piracy. Of course, then I sat in front of the computer every day for an entire month trying to figure out a way to solve the problem I’d created! All lot of research came into play!

I guess I should fess up to one little secret. Caleb Newman was inspired by my little brother. Though my brother is quite different than Caleb, he has a similar build and attitude. My brother once dropped a plant in his bedroom, spilling soil all over the carpet while he was talking on the phone to a girl he didn’t particularly care for. And, not wanting my mother to hang him for making a mess on the carpet, but not knowing how to get off the phone with the girl, he decided to vacuum up the mess while on the phone! That made me laugh so hard and it just felt like something Caleb would do (if he lived in today’s world!) So, there you have it!

Any hints as to what you're working on next?
I’m polishing up one with a working title of A Dress to the Heart. Ivy Lewis is both provider and nurturer for her seven younger siblings. Plain and poor, she works as an apprentice to a seamstress, yearning for scholastic knowledge and finding her true love. Her social standing places her as an outcast among many, namely the arrogant Eleanora Key, who can’t seem to torture Ivy enough. And like Miss Key, Ivy has her eye set on Lord Sterling Bennett; the contrast lying in that she can never hope to capture his attention, let alone aspire to gain his admiration.

When Ivy meets a mysterious man on the road, Mr. Alan, her entire world shifts. She is no longer invisible to the world. Amid trying to care for her ill mother and her siblings, she finds herself kidnapped, courted by two wealthy men, and demoralized by Eleanora Key. Through it all, she learns her worth as a woman and the importance of maintaining the values she’s always believed in. But she must discover the secrets of Mr. Alan before it is too late.

I’m also doing some rewrites on The Tiger, Unleashed, and A Cold Heart which is a historical romance based at Platte Bridge Station just outside of Casper, Wyoming. I’m also considering writing a book about Betsy Winter’s journey. I have heard so many things about her. Everyone just loves her! So, I’m thinking about that. I have probably a dozen stories in my head and no time to put them on paper. So I hope that you will see many more books from me in the future!

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! This is not an easy thing to do. If you truly want to be an author, keep at it. Read all that you can and learn from it. If you write in a certain genre, read all about that genre and lots of stories that are in that genre. Then use what you learn in your writing. Talk with other authors. Get a support system and don’t give up! Don’t let rejection get you down. And make sure you make it fun!

Any other fun tidbits?
I LOVE office supplies! I don’t really have any need for most of them, but I love new office supplies! I think paper clips and staples are fascinating and I love new notebooks and note pads!

I also like to eat cake straight out of the pan with a fork. It just tastes better!

*Rachel, thanks so much! It was fun to hear more about you. I love office supplies,too! You can never have too many colorful and cute notebooks, right?

Rachel's website

Rachel's blog

This book can be purchased at or Cedar Fort, Inc.


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