The Island of Sylt

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The Whaler Summary

In the opening epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by bestselling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must choose between love and poverty, or thrilling adventure and tormented passion.

Germany's North Sea Coast: The Island of Sylt, 1764

Life in the windswept village of Rantum in the North Sea is fraught with peril and hardship. Most families must rely on arranged marriage just to survive. But free-spirited Maren Luersen doesn't care for riches - her heart belongs to handsome but poor Thies Heinen. He may not have prospects or fortune to offer, but Maren knows their intense love can overcome any obstacle, and she is determined to be his bride.

The wealthy and mysterious Captain Rune Boyse has other plans. He shocks Maren with a startling marriage proposal, and even though he can give her family a better life, her love for Thies is too powerful to deny. But when tragedy strikes, she finds herself in debt to the captain and must set sail with him on a dangerous whale hunt - with no promise of a safe return.

If Maren survives, will life be the same back on shore? Or will her heart change course somewhere over the icy swells of the Arctic Sea?

©2016 Ines Thorn. Translation © 2017 Kate Northrop. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • The Whaler

    • The Island of Sylt, Book 1
    • By: Ines Thorn, Kate Northrop - translator
    • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Life in the windswept village of Rantum in the North Sea is fraught with peril and hardship. Most families must rely on arranged marriage just to survive. But free-spirited Maren Luersen doesn't care for riches - her heart belongs to handsome but poor Thies Heinen. He may not have prospects or fortune to offer, but Maren knows their intense love can overcome any obstacle, and she is determined to be his bride.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bholing my attention

    • By B Gillingham on 05-10-17

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • The Beachcomber

    • By: Kate Northrop, Ines Thorn
    • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    It’s the age of whaling and beachcombing, and life is hard on Sylt - especially for women forced to get by on their own. Ever since the death of her parents, Jordis has lived with her grandmother in the village of Rantum. The two of them survive by beachcombing and by secret fortune-telling, using the oracle runes that are a crucial part of the ancient Norse religion. Under the local minister’s skeptical eye, Jordis befriends his daughter, Inga. Jordis confides her love for the young blacksmith, Arjen, to her new friend, only to discover that Inga, too, hopes that Arjen will propose to her.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By B Gillingham on 18-03-18

    Regular price: £16.09