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Release Day Review: Ocean of Secrets, by Jerry Sacher

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Release Day Review: Ocean of Secrets, by Jerry Sacher

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About the Author
Jerry Sacher was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but he's always had a soft spot in his heart for San Francisco. He has been writing stories since he was able to put pen to paper, and he's come a long way since those stories about the Titanic. He currently lives in the Boystown area of Chicago in an apartment crammed with books.
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Publication Date
April 29, 2016
Monday, April 15, 1912, 2:18 a.m.


“COME ON, jump and I’ll follow you!” Andrew shouted above the rumbling noise from all around them. Matthew held on to Andrew’s hand for a brief second, squeezing, as they gave each other silent encouragement. Then Matthew jumped.

Andrew watched him hit the water, which was now only a few feet below. He took a step off the edge of the deck and leaped. The water was bitterly cold, like a thousand knives being driven into his body. He could barely breathe, but he had to find Matthew. Andrew looked behind him as the lights blinked and went out and the ship towered above him in the darkness. People were jumping, splashing near him, crying out.

He thought he heard someone calling his name, so he swam toward the sound. He only got a few feet before he was showered with pieces of glass, wood, and scraps of metal and sparks; the screech of tortured steel drowned out all other noise, except the voice that persistently called his name.

An arm grabbed at Andrew and pulled him under, but he somehow managed to break free. He came up next to a collapsible boat with a handful of people huddled together inside watching the scene unfold in front of them. Andrew hung on to the side of the boat and followed their gaze.

The ship was breaking in half, sparks lighting up rooms laid bare, the two remaining funnels toppling over. He barely missed being whipped by a torn cable. The forward half of the ship plunged under the surface, sucking in ocean, people, and wreckage along with it. He felt the water pulling him backward, but strong arms grabbed him and drew him aboard the boat. He sat on the bottom and lay against another man’s body. Outlined in the darkness, he saw two men near him with boards, paddling the boat away from the ship.He looked from them back to the Titanic.

The stern was being pulled vertically, towering above them and hanging there. The propellers lifted high above their heads, glistening in the dark. What remained of the ship started moving downward, slowly at first—and then the Titanic was gone.

“Where is Matthew?” Andrew fought off the stinging cold. He replayed the last time he had seen Matthew before they’d jumped overboard, and he wished he had told Matthew that he loved him.

After a while, the ocean became deathly silent; only a handful of the hundreds of people in the water had made it onboard Andrew’s boat. It sat low in the sea because nobody had raised the canvas sides.

Andrew remembered the strong hands that had pulled him onboard; he could still feel the man’s body against his own. He turned around to the figure who sat next to him in the dark and shook the man’s shoulder.

“Thank you,” he said in a rough voice that he barely recognized as his own.

He received no reply. The man sat upright, with his head bowed as if he were sleeping. He wasn’t sleeping. But it wasn’t Matthew. Andrew spent the rest of the long night staring into the dark, wondering what had happened to Matthew and William and so many others on a voyage that had begun just four, or was it five, days ago.

Andrew hugged his arms close to his body.
Andrew Elliot, the son of a Scottish nobleman, is being sent to America, accompanied by his fiancée and her brother. But Andrew’s engagement is not a love match. His family insists that he marries to “cure” him of his feelings for the son of the caretaker on his father’s estate.

Matthew Ahearn leaves Ireland to pursue his dream of becoming a Texas cowboy. In London, a brush with the law almost derails his plans, but Matthew perseveres and lands a job as a third-class steward on a ship bound for America.

Andrew’s and Matthew’s worlds collide as they—and their secrets—are brought together in the magic of an ocean voyage, one that will never be forgotten.

The year is 1912, and they are about to board RMS Titanic….

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, past tense, dual POV (with about one page of 3rd person, multi)
Would I read it again – Definitely!
Genre – Historical, LGBT, Romance


Wow! What can I say?

I've always had an interest in the Titanic. I've watched the movie (hating the historical inaccuracies), read the non-fiction books and watched the documentaries, so I had high expectations for this story. It's the first time I've ever been tempted to read a fictional account.

It didn't disappoint.

Yes, there are some plot similarities to the movie. Let me just get that out the way up front; an illicit love affair between upper and lower class, an upper class MC having to rescue the lower class as the ship is sinking. BUT – the similarities end there. The detail and level of sensory historical accuracy – down to every minor detail that may be important – was unparallelled.

I LOVED that Molly Brown made an appearance. (If you're not familiar with the name – in the book as Margaret Brown – then check out The Unsinkable Molly Brown movie, with Debbie Reynolds)

For me, the book was perfect. From the poignant and stirring Prologue, to the touching Epilogue that nearly had me in tears, it was a first class historical romance, with accuracy that even Hollywood didn't attain.

Not only covering the Titanic voyage and, of course, the sinking, I loved that we got a before and after for both main characters. It was important
to see what brought Andrew and Matthew to the Titanic and why; to see what happened after the sinking and into the future. The story very skillfully covers the most important aspects of Titanic's history – from building, first voyage, sinking and rescue, right up to the inquest and after events.

As for the characters, I quickly fell in love with Andrew and Matthew. They were wonderful, well rounded characters, with enough history and back story slipped into conversations and some short descriptions that I got a real feel for who they were. I loved the other passengers – Tom, Frank Millet, William Stead and Mr Gracie. I hated Claire and William with a passion! And, although I guessed at the truth about them, I loved the way it was handled and revealed, a little at a time, letting us work it out on our own. Andrew's mum and aunt were amazing. To be so supportive of him, at that time, just showed how much they loved him.

When it comes to the sinking, we get a very short deviation from the dual POV, to see how other characters are dealing with the events. There's about a page or two of 3-4 lines about how other people experience the sinking, which is a really good way to show the way different classes and different areas of the ship deals with the event.

In terms of heat, there's some incredible chemistry between Andrew and Matthew. Though everything happens very quickly, you can see what draws them to each other and why they feel the way they do. They've both come through unfulfilling relationships to get to each other, so I really like how it was handled. But, the explicit stuff is confined. For most of the book, their encounters are fade to black, until much later in the book than I expected. However, this really worked for me. It worked for the times, the situation and the characters.

Overall, a stunning presentation of a realistic snapshot into history. I believed every minute and would love to think there was a real Andrew and Matthew out there somewhere.


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““Will I ever be able to forget, or will April 15 be a part of me forever?””
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