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for Song From the Sea
Date of Review: 08/20/03
Adam Carlyle is a man tormented by his past, a man who has turned his back on life and God; Callista Melbourne, on the other hand, is tormented by her very lack of a past to remember. These two come together when Adam sets out to sea in search of drowning and finds himself rescuing Callie instead.
While traveling from the Greek Island of Corfu to England to meet the man her dying father wanted her to marry--not in compliance, but to put an end to the arrangement--Callista Melbourne falls from her ship in the midst of a raging storm and nearly straight into the arms of Adam Carlyle. His plans of suicide dashed, he brings Callie back to Stanton Abbey to recover. Physically she heals very quickly, but due to a blow to her head her memory of who and what she was is gone.
Haunted by the death of his wife and infant son, Adam has spent the last few years wandering through life rather than living it. His closest friend has watched his disintegration hopelessly, until he meets Callie and sees in her Adam's salvation. Charged with finding out what he can of her identity, he keeps the truth hidden from both Callie and Adam in the hope that Adam's zest for life will return in caring for the beautiful amnesiac.
And return it does, in gradual, heartwarming doses. Callie is a woman with an infectious gift for seeing life in all its wonder, and soon Adam is forced to view the world around him as a man alive rather than one merely waiting for his chance at death. When Callie's memory finally returns to her, Adam's lost faith returns as well. By this time, both have learned to love again.
Ms. Kingley's writing is warm and often witty. Song from the Sea is a heartwarming and inspirational romance, with a small amount of spice stirred in for good measure. It is an old-fashioned tale told with a generosity of humor and insight. An enjoyable read, for certain.