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The Beachcomber

Written by: Kate Northrop, Ines Thorn
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins

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In the second epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by best-selling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must fight to clear her family’s name in order to claim her true love.

The Island of Sylt, 1711

It’s the age of whaling and beachcombing, and life is hard on Sylt - especially for women forced to get by on their own. Ever since the death of her parents, Jordis has lived with her grandmother in the village of Rantum. The two of them survive by beachcombing and by secret fortune-telling, using the oracle runes that are a crucial part of the ancient Norse religion.

Under the local minister’s skeptical eye, Jordis befriends his daughter, Inga. Jordis confides her love for the young blacksmith, Arjen, to her new friend, only to discover that Inga, too, hopes that Arjen will propose to her. The competition shatters the girls’ friendship and puts their families at odds. When a cross falls from the ceiling in the church and a powerful storm hits the island, the minister immediately accuses the “guilty”: Jordis and her grandmother, whom he believes to be witches.

Jordis survives near the harsh North Sea by recovering and finding value in what was lost. But can she recover her reputation and find the value in her own life?

©2017 Ines Thorn (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Kate Northrop.

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  • 18-03-18

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  • Katenka
  • 03-09-18

Depressing

It was hard for me to continue reading after so much hate shown by the Parson, his daughter and villagers. It was depressing but I continued reading to see how it would end.
The narrator did a good job with the different characters' voices although I find the constant upward inflection at the end a bit annoying.