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Publisher's Note:

When Owen Whelan revealed his secret, he was set free from a haunting past and an uncertain future for his son, Ennis. However, in order to know the true depths of his heart, first we must follow him all the way back to a dirt road on a chilly and bitter spring dawn in Ireland. Behind the locked doors of his memories and hidden beneath shame, hunger and eventually escape, we learn the true meaning of the proverb, “There’s hope from the ocean but none from the grave.” Owen’s journey will teach him that sometimes you have to cross that ocean not only to survive but to finally find love, life and become the man worthy of your own admiration and respect. There are turning points in life you cannot come back from but if you’re brave enough, you can begin again.…

Hope From the Ocean

by P.S. Bartlett

Overall Book Review:

If you have read and enjoyed the book Fireflies, I can assure you that this book will also touch your heart just as much. Even if you have not read Bartlett’s previous novel, this book can be a good place to start, as you will learn more of the background of the Whelan family and their joys and sorrows. This author has a writing style similar to others in the “Christian fiction” genre, but the Irish heritage of her characters lends a unique voice to her books so far.

P.S. Bartlett’s books are written in such a way that could appeal to both adults and even younger readers.  The character gives a wonderful example through the lives of her characters of how families should live and thrive together. Even when her characters face times of trouble, they lean on each other and on God to get through. If you are in need of an inspiring read, don’t hesitate to pick up this book. I am almost certain you will be pleasantly surprised by the story you find within.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by GMTA Publishing

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 1 mild obscenity; 1 scatological word; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  A character is injured in an accident involving a horse, one brief descriptive scene with some blood; a woman’s difficult childbirth is briefly described; ghosts are mentioned briefly; characters are mentioned to have died, with no explanation of how.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss several times; one mature discussion regarding sex.

Mature Subject Matter:

Poverty, orphaned children.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A man is mentioned to be drunk.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.