May 25, 2015

Welsh Weekend Review and Giveaway: Breathless by Louise Marley

Someone in Port Rell has a secret.

Nothing ever happens in the seaside village of Port Rell, which is why Lainey Jennings is so keen to leave it. She’s only twenty-four, there’s so much more she wants to do with her life. Crazy and outlandish things; like ice diving in Alaska, explore the underwater caves in Mexico, maybe even search for the lost city of Atlantis. Stay in Port Rell forever? Talk about purgatory!

Since the death of her father, she’s struggled to keep the family diving business from bankruptcy. There’s just one thing that keeps her going. Her dream that one day she’ll discover the lost wreck that her father was so obsessed with, the legendary Mary Eliza - responsible for destroying Port Rell almost four hundred years ago.

When an old, unknown wreck is discovered in the bay, sleepy Port Rell is under siege once again. This time it’s from the media, including a team from the Wreck Raiders TV show, led by handsome archaeologist Zac Nelson. The villagers are quick to cash in on their unexpected popularity, but ancient wrecks aren’t the only things waiting to be discovered in Port Rell.

Because someone in Port Rell has a secret.

And it's deadly.

Breathless is a romantic comedy with a murder mystery.

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Lainey lives in Port Rell, a village that's famous because of smugglers and shipwrecks. Most of the inhabitants of the village gladly see the tourists coming as it's their main source of income. Lainey is a diving instructor, she's trying to keep her father's business going. He died while diving, in a shipwreck. He wanted to find the Mary Eliza, that was his biggest wish and his lifework. He left Lainey his papers and she's trying to find the ship as well. When she finds a coin, she knows she's close, but then someone else claims to have found it. Will is her biggest competitor, his diving business is thriving while Lainey's is struggling. He's always one step ahead of her and she doesn't like him very much.

Lainey's best friend Selma and her family are seeing her as one of their own. She's always welcome at the Smuggler's Inn which is her second home. Lainey is living on a barge and she loves being on the water. When her boyfriend is being found dead she's having quite a fright. They had actually just broken up, but she misses him very much. When she meets someone new after a while she isn't ready yet. And who is he anyway? Greg says he is a policeman, but the police have never heard of him and what is he doing at the house of Lainey's enemy? And then there's Zac, the archaeologist who's making a documentary about the Mary Eliza, the ship they're trying to uncover. Lainy offers her services, but that isn't without complications...

Breathless is a great story about a girl who's lost so much. Lainey is tough, but to keep going she has to build a wall around her. She does what she can to make a living, to get by and to survive. I liked that about her. There are so many secrets in Port Rell and I couldn't wait to find out what they were. Something clearly isn't right and I wanted to know the details. I couldn't stop reading and really liked the story. The background of the shipwrecks, the sea, the smugglers and the tale of what happened in Port Rell in 1695 made this such an interesting book. I enjoyed reading about Lainey's love life and couldn't wait to find out more about the mysterious Greg. Breathless is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.

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20 comments:

  1. yes, I like the peace of the sea and the wildlife and I love to dive..especially free diving.

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  2. I have mixed feeling for the sea and for diving. I can't swim so that makes both terrifying, But diving gives the opportunity of sea exploring and that's awesome!

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  3. I like to walk along the ocean. I don't dive, but I have snorkeled. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This book sounds great. What a fantastic review.

    I enjoy looking at the sea but get sea sick. I have never tried diving but like snorkelling.

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  5. I like to walk along the shoreline, but have snorkelled once, never dived though.

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  6. I love the beautiful shorelines and beaches that the sea makes! I love the concept of diving but unfortunately haven't been diving before.

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  7. Love the sea and feel a sense of freedom when swimming in it and would love to dive

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  8. I'm terribly afraid of diving, but I love the smell of the sea and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, it's hypnotizing!

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  9. Like the sea but not diving. There is just something so mysterious about the sea, but diving is just not my thing. Especially when you are not an expert and keep on taking in sea water.

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  10. I love the sea, but definitely not diving. I'm just not brave enough :)

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  11. I live by the sea, so I like it, don't dive though.

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  12. I love the sea..it mesmerises with its constant motion and raw power and beauty

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  13. I love looking at the sea, especially on a very windly day xx

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  14. i love the sea, the smell and the sound x

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  15. My dream is to live by the sea one day- I could sit and watch it for hours. I don't dive.

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  16. I love the sea. It always looks so mysterious and yet peaceful at the same time. I don't dive because breathing through a tube kind of scares me.

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  17. I love the sea! I love the smell of the beach and the calming sound of the waves

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  18. I love watching the sea, I love the sound and smell of the sea. But I can't swim so would never dive

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  19. I like a paddle but that's where I stop. My partner dives though and says it's amazing - still trying to persuade me

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  20. I like the sea as its peaceful but I don't like to dive.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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