Periwinkle Cove by Cassandra Pierce

Periwinkle Cove by Cassandra Pierce
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (50 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

One year ago Darcy’s lover, Gail, died in a mysterious accident at a seaside cottage. When Darcy learns that she has only three months to live, she decides it’s time to return to the cottage, both to ready it for sale and to prepare for her own end.

Instead, she finds herself attempting to discover what really happened to Gail. Assisting her in the quest is Livia, a mysterious new acquaintance with a peculiar connection to the sea who claims she also may know a way to save Darcy’s life…

The ocean is full of mysteries. Only a few of them have been discovered so far.

There’s something vaguely melancholy about looking out at the ocean on a cold day. Few people are willing to walk down the beach on the off-season, so there’s a good chance that anyone who does show up will be alone. Such a quiet time and place was the perfect background for this tale. Darcy’s grey mood matched her setting so well that I couldn’t imagine one without the other.

I had some trouble understanding the romantic elements of this story. The characters involved in it were fascinating as individuals, but the chemistry between them never quite worked for me. There were many obstacles between them and their desire to be together. It would have been easier for me to root for them to end up together if they’d either had fewer issues to overcome or more time to come up with creative solutions for all of the things that were keeping them apart.

Figuring out Livia’s connection to the sea was straightforward. The clues about it were fairly easy to recognize for anyone who is familiar with this sort of tale, but having my guess confirmed was gratifying. Livia was a likeable character, though, and her secret only added to her charm. Both her strengths and her weaknesses revealed important information about her identity. She was exactly who I expected her to be!

All-in-all, I’d recommend Periwinkle Cove to anyone who really enjoys this genre of story.

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