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Voices Beckon, Pt. 1: The Voyage

by Linda Lee Graham

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Alright I am already having the blues and letdown from finishing this book today while I wish I could just jump into the second one. What will happen to Liam? How is David and Elisabeth going to be continued in their part of the story? And how will America be touched by this young generation of non-American immigrants? I can't imagine.

Starting on this book I was caught up in the spell of the writing from the first. The writing was detailed enough to drag you into the story, thrilling enough to hold you and had so many twists that you never knew what was coming even though you knew, you just knew, somehow that David and Elisabeth no matter their differences were going to end up together while still cursing the book for taking forever to getting there.

The characters were refreshing, their personalities so outstanding from the others that you didn't need the list of characters at the back and realistic that you could just expect to turn around to see one of them. Their voices rang out in your head as you read while it wasn't hard to understand them and even if it was their was again a glossary for some of the terms in the back of the book if you wanted to follow along.

I was trying to finish about the last forty pages while at work today, which wasn't easy, and with one dealer we started discussing the book. She said she would definitely look into it since it is such a roller coaster while everywhere you thought finally it turned out to be another dead end.

My problem wasn't the background or even the characters but there were some part slightly unbelievable. In other parts there were scenes that you didn't expect to see but it was the emotional grasp and coloring that bypassed those slight problems to give it the full rating. I love it while I hope I get a chance for the next.

**Received this book as part of the Members Giveaway at Librarything.com for free in exchange for a reviews** ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 26, 2015 |
Considering this was, I believe, a self-published debut for this author, it was good. I got the first part free for kindle and liked it enough to buy the rest of the book, unfortunately I felt it slowed down from there. This story follows the three main characters over a seven year period. I have yet to find a book I love that covers a long period of time like this because I often feel like I'm missing important things when the story continually jumps forward months and/or years. I have to constantly flip back to figure out how much time has passed between chapters and plot developments never seen to get the chance to development enough before the jump happens again. And unfortunately that's how I felt with this book as well at times.

There are a few times where you can see the need for a editor and there was a part near the ending that was a little unclear to me, and simultaneously set up the sequel (which is a plot device that I don't like), but, impressively, there were no glaring grammatical/technical errors. I also loved how the author created links within the text to refer to the index in the back - genius! ( )
  emmytuck | Sep 27, 2013 |
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This is a self published novel. I believe this full length novel began as a three part series in novella form. In 1783, a voyage to Philadelphia begins for a group of young people, which begins a life time of friendship. David is indentured for six years to work for a printer. Elisabeth is traveling with her father for the chance at better opportunities in America. Together with their friend, Liam, they suffer through a long hard voyage. Sickness, accidents and storms plague their journey. Elisabeth's father is still mourning the death of his wife, he is also unhappy with the friendships his daughter has made on board the ship. Differences in class and religious beliefs start long lasting resentments. The second part of the novel takes up shortly after everyone arrives in America. David starts his job and classes and Elisabeth works as a teacher's aide. They eventually find each other. When they meet again, Elisabeth is accompanied by a black girl named Polly. Polly and Elisabeth become very good friends and share all their heartbreaks and triumphs together. Liam, has only revealed a small part of himself to David. His life before coming to America was rather bleak. He works hard and he and David are like brothers and Liam loves Elisabeth like a sister. But, the happy ever after David and Elisabeth hope to share is torn from them, when an old rival for David's affections makes shocking allegations against him. The third part of the book takes us further in Elisabeth and David's relationship as well as David and Liam's involvement in American politics. When Elisabeth's father finally gets wind of the relationship between them, he inserts his will upon Elisabeth and it seems that the lovers might end up star crossed after all. Ah, how I miss these sweeping sagas that cover a significant period of time. I miss the old historical romances set in America. Now is seems it's pretty much a Regency or else. There are exceptions of course. But, this was an interesting period of time to choose as the setting of a historical drama. The politics, religious differences and class differences that people had very strong opinions about was tastefully depicted. The love story between Elisabeth and David was really sweet. They fell in love at first sight. They went through the normal insecurities of young love, then faced some real hard times that might have broken a relationship up for good. The relationship dealt with a teenage couple coming of age and maturing in adulthood. The couple do not engage in sexual relations until after marriage, which is fitting of the time period, even though Elisabeth was the strong one in that department. (Shock) So, this ended up being a sweet romance, and old fashioned saga, with a few laughs and a few tears along the way, just like in real life. But, it ended perfectly. Overall this one gets a B+. ( )
  gpangel | Jul 26, 2013 |
As I always said, I love historical romance, and another wonderful novel drops in my hand..:)

The story covers 7 years of Elizabeth, Liam and David’s life, and I’ll admit it took me sometime. Boring? No!

I find every detail worth reading and enjoying. The author writes thrillingly. You’re always on the verge of wondering what will happen next. I for example, hadn’t think about the situations the characters were in. when I though they were going to be fine now, something happens and again I don’t know what will happen next.

It quite remind me of a forbidden love, like sky and earth, where the girl’s family don’t approve of the guy, because he’s poor.

Even though, I’m not hail from England, I appreciate a lot the author’s use of their language, even making sure that the words used are in accordance with what they portray. This book is well-written and the characters would surely remain in your heart.

I love Elizabeth for her intellect, principle and unconditional love. I love David for he’s hardworking, gentleman, dreamer and loyal. I love Liam for his martyrdom, friendship and loyalty.
I think it would be much interesting if at the first or middle of the novel did Liam realize he’s falling for Elizabeth, when maybe, the time when David is not in Elizabeth’s side. That way, it would be more tragic, and dramatic. I’m so bad..:)

The book is already filled with drama, romance, friendship and loss.

‘Elizabeth, if there’s one thing ye learn from me, let it be that ti’s always better to ask forgiveness than to beg permission” -Liam

This quote would surely stay forever in my head. It’s funny, witty and possibly true. Well, you can find lots of witty remarks and inevitable little truths here.

I love the ending and the fact that Elizabeth stands her principle not to be bedded before her wedding even if their wedding is the day after. ( )
  avry15 | Nov 17, 2011 |
Voices Beckon started out great: well written, interesting characters, scary sea voyage and an interesting story line. About the middle of the book it slowed down and and put me to sleep, so I didn't finish it . Honestly, I may just not have been in the mood to read a lot of detail. Can't say that I won't pick it back up and read in the future. If you like lots of detail and a slow-to-build plot you would probably love this book. ( )
  ivyloojean | Nov 3, 2011 |
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