Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Published Date: April 7, 2014

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When love begins with a lie, where will it end?

Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy – so what’s making her so withdrawn?

Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?

As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?

Available in paperback in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Dubai and most English speaking countries plus online bookstores. Ebooks available on all the major platforms.

Amanda James

Mandy RGB WebAmanda James was born in Sheffield and now lives in Cornwall with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, singing and spending lots of time with her grandson. She also admits to spending far too much time chatting on Twitter and Facebook! Amanda recently left her teaching role (teaching history to sixth form pupils) to follow her ambition to live her life doing what she most enjoys—writing.

Amanda is a published author of short stories and her first novel with Choc Lit, A Stitch in Time was chosen as a Top Pick in RT Book Reviews magazine in the US in July 2013 and won a 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award from Single Titles.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Long & Short Reviews
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    This is the second Choc-Lit title I’ve read that’s set in Cornwall, and like the first one, it was a story that drew me in from page one. This one begins with a character planning to end their life…don’t worry it all works out okay, but its outcome is the driving force for the rest of the story.

    …Although this is close to a 300 page book you’ll find the pacing fast because of its page turning quality and your need to find out what Karen’s fate will be.

    Summer’s still young and if you’re looking for one more title to add to your beach book pile and love suspense, I’d recommend this one to you.

    Reviewed by Stephanotis for Long and Short Reviews

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  2. RT Book Reviews Magazine
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    James’ thriller is bound to quicken one’s pulse, and readers will experience shivers down their spines as they’re drawn into the story at a rapid pace. The author has a special ability to keep fans of suspense glued to their seat for the duration of this novel — which is mysterious and romantic, too. A lot of questions in the beginning may confuse you, but it all unfolds faster than you think.
    Reviewed by Jaime, RT Book Reviews. 4 stars!
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  3. InD'Tale Magazine
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    InD'Tale Magazine
    …However, if the reader perseveres, watching the characters grow over the course of the book, with their weaknesses and strengths, their steady and sometimes entertaining interplay with each other as well as the side characters, it is truly enjoyable. It can get a bit more graphic at times than some readers might prefer and although the story swings between crisis and everyday life, all loose ends are tied up, and the genuine love between Karen and Tristan is wonderful to read.
    Sarah, InD’Tale Magazine.
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  4. Robyn K
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    Amanda James does it again! Within a few pages I was sucked into this small Cornish village. My hackles were immediatley up because from the off, I knew something isnt quite right- and I couldn’t wait to find out.

    Snippets slowly emerge as I got more drawn into the story. I found this book very hard to put down. I really empathized with Karen. I could feel her torment of living with all those secrests for so long. The impending sense of foreboding Karen has about losing her whole life is almost palpable, and I wished there was something I could do for her.

    Tristan is such a wonderful husaband, he takes it all in his stride and supports Karens all the way. Are all Cornish men that lovely? If so, I’m moving down south immediately.

    Amanda James is an author to watch out for. Every book she writes is a masterpiece of a heart warming and unique body of work. She paints such gorgeous mental pictures about Cornwall, that I feel as if I have been there myself.

    Somewhere beyond the sea is beautifully writen and I highly recommend.

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