Dark Deadly Devotion: Our Beautiful Child

12:58 AM Elizabeth Seckman 21 Comments

Full Moon over the Atlantic 

I was taking a walk on the beach tonight checking out the full moon when a storm came in behind me, sending flashes of lightning that lit up the sky. All the sudden the silvery beauty of a serene beach took on an ominous feel.

It reminded me there is danger in the perfection.

That reminded me of a story I just finished. 

A story with words spun so masterfully, you can't help but pause and enjoy the beauty. But in the midst of this beauty is the goose bump raising revelation that all is not well in these lovely tales. There is darkness, death, and devotion...and you won't know when to expect it. 

I finished this story on Friday the thirteenth...the night the moon was full over the Atlantic and lightning flashed in the west...coincidence? Or not?

"The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.”

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin.

Ella finds love, a moment too late; Rona discovers a beautiful ability which needs refining before she gets hurt; and Sally meets the captivating Murray, who threatens to ruin everything.

Three women. Three stories. One pub.

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired. I live with my husband, two sons, a dog and a cat.
Despite my location, I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along a deserted beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!

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  1. Dark deadly devotion... I love that :-) I wonder if I could organise lightning when everyone gets to the end...?

  2. I'll be expecting a storm when I read this...

  3. So a storm is a coming you say with the words at play.

  4. Love that pic . . . congrats on finishing your story :-)

  5. love your picture, and of course a woop woop for Annalisa

  6. I agree, the picture is wonderful. Congratulations on finishing your story. Go Annnalisa!

  7. I'd love to walk on a beach under a full moon.
    Congratulations to Annalisa on her release!

  8. Ooh, this sounds delightfully ominous!
    Congrats to Annalisa!

  9. Thank you for all the congratulations - you're all awesome :-)

  10. Interesting premise. Not big on dark and deadly though. I love Cornwall, especially the cream. Spent a week in Mevagissy touring around.

  11. Love the idea of your walk along the beach and the blurb of the book. X


  12. This sounds like a terrific book! I'm a little bit jealous of your beach walk, though. Especially if there was lightning . . . I love watching lightning over the lake where I live (Lake Erie).

  13. What a great image. It conjures up all kinds of emotion.

  14. That was the first full moon on the 13th in 13 years. Sounds like the universe is lining up for something big. :-)

    Great to see Our Beautiful Child everywhere. Congrats again.

  15. Lovely analogy! I have the book on my to-read list too.

  16. Elizabeth, you're in my neck of the woods! Love the Atlantic and especially the summer storms that creep up unexpectedly. I can't wait to read Annalisa's book!

    By the way, I read yours in a day! Once I started, I couldn't put it down! Loved it! I left a review on Goodreads and I'll also do one on Amazon. Heading there now to buy the other two books in the Coulter series...

  17. Am loving the sound of your book! Thanks for sharing. And as for your stunning photo, whoa... what camera did you use? My moon pics never come out that way. Of course, a simple phone camera isn't good enough, hu? :P


  18. Hey Elizabeth and Annalisa,

    Friday the thirteenth, a lucky symbolism in this case. A full moon, and a stormy seaside night.

    Annalisa, here's to your book and hearty congrats. Cornwall is a better place having your good self living there. Do you sound like a pirate? :)


  19. I'm already so anxious to read this and this post made me even more so. Definitely on my to-do list for the weekend. Love Annalisa's writing!

  20. Oops, I forgot to come back and read the comments!! Thank you all for the lovely comments and support :-)


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