Title: Cross The Ocean
Author: Holly Bush
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 258 pages approx
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1871 . . . The very proud Duke of Wexford was about to have his orderly world blown apart. At the age of twenty-four, Blake Sanders had wed a beautiful, dutiful wife and she had borne him three children. But now as mid-life approached, the Duchess had the unheard of temerity to leave him! Too mortified by her behavior to mix in ton company, Blake sought companionship with his best friend and neighbor, Anthony Burroughs, and his wife Elizabeth. But Blake had forgotten the Burrough’s were entertaining a houseguest, Elizabeth’s distant cousin, a spinsterish ‘Amazon from America’.
Gertrude Finch, a champion for women’s rights, had long ago decided most men were useless other than Uncle Fred who’d raised her on his horse ranch near Chicago. While travelling with other Suffragists, Gert lectured women on the perils of passion and the value of independence but thought of neither when Blake kissed her. While opposite in nearly every way, other than an attraction neither could deny, their one night of passion would change her world, and send Gert scurrying her way back home across the ocean.
When Blake discovered his heir had stowed away on Gert’s ship, he set out on his own adventure to America, to bring the boy home and to see Gert once again. Traversing America’s vast wilderness, Blake discovered that Gert had changed his life. Whether riding the rails or meeting common folk, Blake saw a whole new way of living but most of all, he realized something about love. He found he was not immune, and his heart could love, and love deeply.
Historical Romance novels are not something I would particularly pick out from a range of genres usually but something in the synopsis grabbed my attention.
Cross the Ocean beginnings with getting to know the pompous Duke of Wexford, Blake Sanders, his wife had just left him but to be fair he was having an affair for some years before hand. This was not the done thing for a wife to leave their husband and family and he knew there would be talk.
His best friend Anthony Burroughs and his wife Elizabeth had a houseguest for a while, Gertrude Finch a single lady from America. The moment Blake laid eyes on here there was something about her. He did not know, or refused to acknowledge what that something was. He laid a kiss on her lips and received a bloody nose for the pleasure.
With his head in a tiz and Gertrude not accepting his attention he is invited to sleep in another women’s bed but being a little drunk on whiskey ends up in Gert’s bed and making love to her. She then states she is leaving. Blake does propose but she refuses and goes back to America with a little stowaway who is Blake’s son William.
The story goes on and we find Blake traveling to America and having an adventure while on his quest to find Gert and William. Blake seems to ease with his pompous ways and turns into a likeable man. He loves Gert but saying those little words is difficult for him.
There is more to this story but I will let you read it to find out but I will say I really enjoyed this. It was well written and the story flowed well.
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.
Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.
Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.