Friday, 12 December 2014

Blog Tour | Seldom Come By by Sherryl Caulfield | Review

Please join Sherryl Caulfield as she tours the blogosphere for Seldom Come By, the first book in her Iceberg Trilogy, from November 24-December 13, and enter to win an eBook or Autographed copy!

03_Seldom Come By (Iceberg Trilogy Book One) Cover

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

Cedar Pocket Publishing

Formats: eBook, Paperback

Pages: 490

Series: Iceberg Trilogy

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family.

Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home and safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path.

Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.

Praise for Seldom Come By

“Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story — a great accomplishment and a wonderful read.” – Julie Fison, Australia

“A wholly engaging read that wraps you up in another world. The story of how Samuel and Rebecca met and fell in love will always stay with me — and leaves me feeling as if I have already visited Newfoundland.” – Carolyn Wood, New Zealand

“If you love deep, epic, romantic stories this is one for you.” – Jeannie Zelos, United Kingdom

“Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre and this book captures the elements perfectly. An engaging, strong heroine, a dashing, honorable stranger, a brutal daily life existence in Newfoundland set during WWI. The story and characters are made more rich by the superb writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.” – Diane Tyson, USA

“This book was a real treat to read. By 30% in I was completely invested in the characters. The strength, passion and adversity that the couple have to endure are reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, but beyond that, Rebecca and Samuel find their own way of handling things. I have already found myself recommending this book to others that have loved The Bronze Horseman. I do believe that if you enjoy an epic love story, this will make a fine reading suggestion.” – Karen Scott, Canada

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02_Sherryl Caulfield AuthorAbout the Author

Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.

In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangeline and Lindsay – over the course of a century. In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul.

For more information please visit Sherryl Caulfield's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

My Review

I received a copy of Seldom Come By free of charge for an honest review. All thoughts expressed below are my own.

Now if I'm going to give an honest review I have to own up to the fact that I haven't actually finished Seldom Come By yet, but as far as I'm concerned that doesn't mean I can't review it all the same!

If you're a fan of epic, sweeping novels of historical romance, like Outlander, then you will enjoy this book. It's a tale of love during hard times, and frankly when were tales of love during easy times ever entertaining to read? In fact Seldom Come By is a great book to pick up right now for two reasons: the first being that it's currently winter, so a novel in a harsh Canadian setting, not unlike Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves, is a perfect, atmospheric read for this time of year.

And the second reason? Well, unless you've been living under a rock since birth you'll know that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of WWI. Samuel, our male protagonist and Rebecca's love interest, finds himself on the Western Front to work as a medical officer there. One of the things I really like about this book is Samuel's profession; it's interesting to see someone sent to the Front to heal the soldiers rather than kill the enemy.

Ultimately this book is topical and dramatic. Is it the best book I have ever read? No, as is often the case with historical romance some areas can feel a little melodramatic, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth reading, especially if you're looking for a book you can really sink your teeth into while it snows outside.

Seldom Come By Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 24

Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Wednesday, November 26

Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, November 27

Review at Book Nerd

Friday, November 28

Review at Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, December 1

Review at Shelly's Book Shelves

Spotlight at Boom Baby Reviews

Tuesday, December 2

Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 3

Spotlight at Mina's Bookshelf

Thursday, December 4

Guest Post at The Eclectic Reader

Friday, December 5

Review at Feminist Reflections

Saturday, December 6

Review at With Her Nose Stuck In A Book

Monday, December 8

Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, December 9

Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, December 10

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Friday, December 12

Review at Curiouser and Curiouser

Saturday, December 13

Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past


  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog Jess and for your honesty! I read The Tenderness of Wolves just after I wrote Seldom Come By. It was a great find. I hope you enjoy the rest of my novel. Congrats on completing your Masters. Cheers, Sherryl

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