Beyond the Sea

Annie's Journey into the Extraordinary

Fiction - Adventure
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/16/2024
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Author Biography

Nina Purtee is a worldwide traveler, philosopher, and award- winning adventure romance novelist. Growing up in Atlanta, Nina's father ignited her travel obsession with lavish family trips to exotic locations. Some of those experiences have found their way into her writing. Island-hopping with her family through the Greek islands on a 95-foot sailboat, the Eleni, gave Nina the inspiration for Don Marco's vessel, the Porto Banus.
While on safari in East Africa, she met a woman artist with her companion, a sculptor, living in tents, immersed in their artwork. They inspired the characters of Annie's friend, Sarah, and the sculptor, Sam, who we meet in Sarah's book.
Nina draws from her travels to embrace multicultural characters and couples seemingly from different worlds and allow them to compromise, co-exist, accept each other's traditions, and even find love.
Nina now lives in Florida surrounded by family and friends when she is not traveling the globe seeking new experiences to write about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Beyond the Sea: Annie's Journey into the Extraordinary is a work of fiction in the adventure, interpersonal drama, and family drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Nina Purtee, the story follows Annie on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and adventure. After facing a devastating tragedy, Annie's Spanish grandfather offers her the chance to join him on his sailing vessel for a transformative voyage. As Annie travels to exotic locales and encounters diverse cultures, she finds herself immersed in a love triangle between two intriguing suitors, each from a different background. Amidst the romantic entanglements, Annie is also on a quest to uncover the truth about her missing father, a British diplomat lost during the controversial handover of Hong Kong to China.

Author Nina Purtee has lovingly crafted an adventurous and exotic story filled with suspense, romance, and intrigue. Through Annie's eyes, readers are taken on a thrilling ride across the seas, where unexpected twists and turns await at every port. The pace of the novel moves swiftly over these different scenes to dive into experience after experience as we watch Annie’s whole perspective and persona become reinvigorated by her discoveries. I loved the interactions and dialogue throughout, which moved the emotional arc of the tale forward and offered great characterization for each new person who touches Annie’s heart. Overall, Beyond the Sea is a gorgeously penned work that explores themes of love, loss, and the search for identity, making it a captivating read for fans of adventure and romance alike.

Pikasho Deka

Beyond the Sea is a romance adventure novel by Nina Purtee. It's the mid-1990s. Annie is still grieving the loss of her ex-boyfriend when an unfortunate accident leaves her cousin, Sabine, in a coma. Hoping to distract herself, she readily accepts an invitation from her grandparents to visit their villa in Marbella, Spain. Soon, her dreams of sailing come true, and Annie finds herself on a sea voyage traversing multiple countries to enjoy their unique cultures, arts, and scenery. She develops strong feelings for two very different men -- Ramone Sanchez, a Spanish bullfighter, and El Amir, an Arab man with much influence. Meanwhile, her search for her father, Alex, a British diplomat, turns dangerous and requires Ramone and El Amir to work together on her rescue. Will Annie find her father and love on this journey?

Hop on for a riveting odyssey filled with mystery, adventure, and romance in Beyond the Sea. Nina Purtee spins a captivating yarn about a young woman's journey of self-discovery. This is a delicious character-driven story with an absorbing plot that has a few surprises up its sleeve. Evenly paced and unhurried, the narrative takes readers on a journey through multiple countries, each offering a new adventure. Purtee's characters are well-developed and leave an impression on the reader from the get-go. I especially enjoyed the distinct relationship dynamics between Annie, Ramone, and El Amir. Additionally, the background story of Alex gives the reader a lot to chew on. All in all, this is an entertaining novel that romance and adventure lovers will savor with relish.

Edith Wairimu

Beyond the Sea: Annie's Journey into the Extraordinary by Nina Purtee follows its main character, Annie, as she travels across the world in search of herself and clues to her father’s unknown whereabouts. After suffering indescribable loss, Annie feels lost and unable to return to the sea which continues to beckon to her. Her grief is compounded by the aftermath of a tragic accident involving a person close to her. Annie’s mother encourages her to leave Maine for Marbella, Spain, to stay with her grandparents. With her grandfather’s support, she embarks on a journey across different continents. As she looks for clues concerning her father’s disappearance, she grows, gains new friends, and is attracted to two men from different backgrounds.

Purtee’s captivating prose and her perfect balance of romance, adventure, and intrigue make this novel a standout. This stunning story covers various sites and cultures, resulting in a richly crafted story with interesting historical details and immersive scenes that leap out of the pages. So much is offered through this one novel including Annie’s inspiring journey of self-discovery and her absorbing trips through which she meets many fascinating people. Her search for her father is skillfully intertwined with her journey, creating an exciting mystery that readers will love. The love triangle explored adds suspense and flavor to the plot. Beyond the Sea by Nina Purtee is a remarkable novel that includes thrilling adventures and an entrancing mystery that fans will find enthralling. While it is part of an amazing series, it can still be read as a standalone.