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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
The Siren Sea by Erin Eldridge is a beautifully written story about love, adventure, and of course the sea. Thomas Alvarado is taught to swim at a young age by his father, and taught to sail by a friend of his grandmother's, a retired sea captain. After the tragic deaths of his parents, his grandmother assumes custody of Thomas, his younger brother and baby sister. Thomas is invited to the naval academy and sets sail in the war effort against England. The ship he is on escapes the British navy and finally goes down on the west coast of Ireland. Thomas is then rescued by an Irish maiden, Nuala, who brings him home and he is quickly accepted by her family that has no love for the English. When Nuala's father discovers his daughter and Thomas kissing, he is sent packing on the next outgoing ship to Spain. Nuala is standing on the shore when Thomas takes a dramatic course of action that gives rise to legends.
Erin Eldridge tells an amazing love story filled with adventure and a very real cast of characters. She is able to describe the infamous potato famine of Ireland as well as the descendants of Thomas as the story shifts to the adventurous spirit that calls them to the sea and beyond. Ms. Eldridge is a gifted storyteller with the ability that the literary world describes in high praise as being 'able to spin a yarn.' Erin's accompanying songs and verses are evident in the Alvarado descendants, and are well placed throughout the novel. The Siren Sea is a marvelously written story that was hard to put down as the pages were rapidly turning. I was entertained on all levels. Brava!