How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska’s notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother’s life.
When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can’t help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.
Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father’s crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He’s her perfect match, and even she can’t deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow?
This book was so different from anything scene wise I’ve ever read. I loved that. It took me on a really amazing journey through Aesa’s life. There were times I literally were hushing people in my house so I could just read another chapter. Aesa was a great character with a lot of pain but I instantly connected to her. So this is another dual POV book – I think they are going to haunt me – but this one was good and I was able to read it and never lose the connection!
The story is really about Aesa, she’s strong (to a fault) and she’s had it rough. Her dad is a captain on the Bering Sea. Insert my big happy smiling face here because I was like what???? A love story on the Bering Sea… HELL YEAH!! Number one…I’ve never read a book in that kind of setting. Number two I FLOVE the Deadliest Catch so I was like hmmmm how’s she gonna pull this one off? Well she does and brilliantly I might add. Aesa is a doctor, she heads back to Dutch Harbor to do her residency and ends up having to go out to the one place she hates- The Bering Sea. She’s had a really rough life, with a dad who was always gone, and she’s suffered greats amounts of loss.
“I just know that the more you fight against circumstances you can’t change, the more they fight back.”
Decker is the other POV you get throughout the book. I wasn’t really sure what to feel towards Decker. He is kinds, extremely wise and everything that Aesa has fought about ever having in her life – a fisherman. He’s a deckhand on the Norwegian Queen and he almost speaks to Aesa’s soul. It was really profound how he was as a male main character. Decker is protective of Aesa and shows it in many ways. It bonds them and their relationship blossoms under the most intense situation.
“He was an oracle, a beacon of wisdom, found in the most bizarre place.”
You like him, you are totally rooting for him. He gets her and I love that he calls her out on her shit. He doesn’t let her act a certain way just because everyone else accepts it.
“I am a man. I don’t run. I don’t lie. I don’t cheat, and I don’t use. I don’t find enjoyment in games, either. I’ve paid for my mistakes in life and learned from them. I know what I want, Aesa, and I want you. Nothing more. Nothing less.”
The story was emotional and extremely well written. There was beauty even in the most horrific situations. My heart ached, soared and was lost in the Bering Sea. I feel that Aesa’s character had great growth and intense lows. Overall, I’m really glad I got to read this book. If you can make me cry and smile I’m happy. This is not a smutty book, it’s just a really great love story and a wonderful journey about healing.
About the Author
If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word portfolio. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
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