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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
In this first book of the Aquamarine Sea Series, Kat Jensen, who has mourned the death of her husband too long, has been forced to close down her business. Despite no lack of willing male companions, she shies away from them, but suddenly finds herself romantically involved with not one, but three attractive suitors…and all at the same time! But their timing is awful for Kat, who has become infatuated with the idea of getting away from everything for a while by taking a cruise…not on a modern luxury ship but on an old clipper sailing boat. A bona fide old clipper isn’t easy to find anymore, but a diligent travel agent finds what she wants. Though torn by her attraction to all three men, Kat decides she’s not going to let any of the ardent suitors convince her not to go. She makes the arrangements in a huge rush, pays the fare, and then learns that to sail on this clipper, in order to truly experience the period of the 1860s, passengers must wear period clothes…think Scarlet O’Hara’s hooped gowns…and they cannot bring modern electronics of any kind on board.
That’s only the beginning of what Kat will learn about what it was like sailing the high seas back in 1860. After completely hooking us on Kat’s battles with her suitors and hints of complications once Kat is on her voyage, author Karen Stensgaard leaves readers dying to know what happens with Kat, the clipper trip, and the men she leaves behind. The author gives us a taste of what’s to come in the second book, Blueness, at the end of Aquavit. This sequel is already available on Amazon. But you know what I have to do before I get into that one? I’ve got to buy me some Aquavit! There must be something in that drink besides the photo of the clipper ship on the label that got Kat so excited about sailing on an old 1860s boat! Such a refreshing change to read a unique book like this! Delightful.