When Myles Dampier rescues her from drowning during a shipwreck, Sabina Grey initially believes him to be like the mythical selkie, a legendary seducer from the deep who meant doom to foolish maidens. However, Myles Dampier was no myth, but a flesh and blood Englishman - one who might resemble a hardened pirate, but acted more like a solicitous nursemaid. A man who Sabina fell in love with and married on the high seas.
Yet once they returned to London, Myles became a virtual stranger. He'd returned from exile in Australia in order to avenge himself against those whom he was convinced had stolen his youth. And he was determined to use any means necessary - even his lovely new wife - to do so.
But the man who had saved Sabina's life would not - could not - destroy her spirit or her heart with his obsession for vengeance...of that Sabina was certain. This time, she vowed, she would rescue him. She would show him that punishing the sins of the past, wasn't worth sacrificing the love in his future.
I actually wasn't too sure what grade to give this book. I really did enjoy reading the story, but I also was somewhat perturbed by the actions of some of the characters. Overall, though, I would give The Sea Wife by Holly Cook a definite A! I will certainly keep my eyes open for more books by this author.
Near the end of his sea voyage from Australia to England, Miles Dampier rescues a drowning woman from the ocean. On his ship, he nurses his "mermaid" back to health. The grateful Sabina Grey thinks a Selkie saved her life as she recovers yet knows she loves her savior. The ship's captain marries Miles and Sabina, though they hardly know one another.
In London, the caring attentive male she fell in love with vanishes, as Miles becomes temperamental and thoughtless. He has returned home seeking vengeance that eats at his soul and erodes their love. Having faced death once, Sabina refuses to allow her spouse to destroy what they can have if he would let go his hatred.
The support cast is as diverse and interesting as any historical romance will contain. The story line is thrilling, albeit a bit more exciting on the High Seas than when the lead characters are on land. Sabina is a strong heroine who goes after what she wants, which is the return of the beloved man she first met. Though the dramatic change in Miles seems too radical, romance readers will value Holly Cook's delightful concoction, webbed feet and all.