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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Darkest Ocean: Her Heart Is an Ocean of Secrets is a contemporary romance novella written by Karen Weaver. Aine loved Jase with all her heart, and she knew she couldn’t put him off forever or she would risk losing him. But tonight's action, his inviting everyone they cared about to witness his proposing to her, and at the same restaurant where his dad had proposed to his mom thirty years earlier? How could she handle this? Aine knew he was getting impatient and wondered why she was reluctant to take things to the next level. They had been together for six years now; it was past time for them to get engaged and marry -- but she had to do something first. And she had to hope he’d understand and still want her afterward.
Karen Weaver’s The Darkest Ocean explores the darkness, secrets, and tragedy that so often result when families unknowingly harbor an abuser. Aine’s long flight from Australia back to her Dublin family home is beautifully detailed, and her confrontation with her tormentor is powerful and dark. Seeing how that confrontation and her later talk with her mother begins the healing process for her entire family is thought-provoking and moving. Weaver’s plot is well-designed for a short novella of this type; her story resonates, and her characters are authentic and believable. The Darkest Ocean: Her Heart Is an Ocean of Secrets is highly recommended.