Blog Book Tour | “Seldom Come By” (Book 1: of the Iceberg Trilogy) by Sherryl Caulfield a historical fiction set on the Province of Newfoundland: a land of stories, hearty souls, and the spirit of thriving in the midst of adversity!

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Seldom Come By by Sherryl Caulfield

Published By: Cedar Pocket Publishing
Available Formats: Paperback and Ebook

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Acquired Book By: I was selected to be a tour stop on the “Seldom Come By” virtual book tour through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. I received a complimentary copy of the book direct from the author Sherryl Caulfield, in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Inspired to Read:

I remember catching a glimpse of this novel, whilst checking my feeds on Twitter, and thinking to myself how incredible visceral this novel sounded! I immediately tweeted the author & Ms. Bruno concurrently; I had the happiness of finding there was a spot on the blog tour and I was tucked inside the list of book bloggers! My visit to the author’s website for the first time revealed such a bevy of delight: from the behind-the-scenes extras to the depth of layers the author knitted into her author’s site to give any reader a heap of joy on their returning visits! I love websites you cannot simply devour in seconds, but rather have to linger over and absorb one page at a time! Caulfield has given us all something hearty to read whilst engaging our hearts into the stories flowing out of her pen!

Icebergs and glaciers have captured my attention from a young age — the Goliath of marvel within the natural world has a splendidness about it which is truly unique! I’d love to visit certain regions of North America where you can see icebergs as much as you can kiss the cold breath of their gracefulness! Awe-inspiring yet a ticking reminder of how fragile the balance is within the natural environment for which they are residing. Everything has a natural rhythm and balance — although I also grew up with the realisation of how destructive an iceberg can be to a ship (Titanic always drew my eye, my heart, and part of my soul) there is a measure of acceptance of tinkerature of chaos of which none of us can control.

What truly drew me into this enchanting premise of a novel is simply how it was sparked an experience in a Eastern Canadian Maritime Province I was already curious about (Newfoundland) and how the author herself, drew you into this slice of time breathing in an awareness of known truths out of the tanglements of war, life, and love.

(originally shared on my interview with Ms. Caulfield)

Blog Book Tour | “Seldom Come By” (Book 1: of the Iceberg Trilogy) by Sherryl Caulfield a historical fiction set on the Province of Newfoundland: a land of stories, hearty souls, and the spirit of thriving in the midst of adversity!Seldom Come By
by Sherryl Caulfield

Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family.

Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home and safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path.

Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.

Genres: Historical Fiction, War Drama

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Series: The Iceberg Trilogy,

Published by Cedar Pocket Publishing

on 10th October, 2013

Format: Paperback

Pages: 490

About Sherryl Caulfield

Sherryl Caulfield

Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.

In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangeline and Lindsay – over the course of a century. In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul.

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I originally came to find Newfoundland by a Newfie who is an actor in television movies and series; my interest was further perked when I had learnt of the story behind Gander’s influence on the travellers who landed at their airport on 11th of September, 2001. Previously I had stumbled across the non-fiction book at my local library, but during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, the special documentary which went back to Gander was soul-inspiring. This was the Newfoundland I had uncovered whilst researching the Province, the people, and the land which encompasses it as a whole. I even sent for travel pamphlets wherein I received so much more from the tourism bureau, including a bookmark! The bookmark was one small clue to the fact Newfies love the art of story-telling and the craft behind how the stories evolve over the time they are first told aloud. The stories they tell are natural bourne, fused directly into their veins as the common celebration of alighting together in a pub or a friend’s house over supper; the stories linger onward into the night as conversation cascade the joy through the moment.

Moreso than even the depth of their connection to each other, is the connection they share with the land and sea. Like their American North Atlantic neighbours (in Northern New England; especially in regards to Maine), they rely on a living by what the sea and the land can yield as much as the dependency on what the weather will bring. There was always an undercurrent of Newfoundlanders as a whole, as a particular type of person you’d meet if you were to visit in everything I listened to or read. What I found amazing when I started to tuck inside Seldom Come By is how inherently precise Caulfield curated this awareness inside her story! It is something you have to feel as your senses gather an instinct of insight through your intuition as it is not tangible nor is it able to be seen outright. A bit more of a thread of how life can be lived whilst united with the people who stand behind you and of a place both untamed and preserved.

My Review of Seldom Come By:

Seldom Come By has a symmetry of origin, wherein an internal clock is guiding the story forward. Samuel arrives in Rebecca’s life on the larkspur moment she is in dire need of changing her stars; her life is repetitively contrite, predictable, and without any measure of excitement. Although Rebecca has adored her family, even the everyday rituals which expell the hours and draw a sense of normalcy around her shoulders; she is a formidable young woman who wants to step outside the pre-destined path her parents expect her to yield her will. Samuel is an unexpected deviation and a forthright mystery to Rebecca; finding him alone at sea pulled her thoughts towards acknowledging not everyone lived against their natural longings.

As Samuel started to envelope Rebecca’s world of his experiences laced with a natural tendency of being adventurous, she started to internalise a different way of living; to reach past the full-stop she had placed on her own dreams. From the very beginning Seldom Come By is a soliloquy of open renewal of the spirit and of the mind. Rebecca never dared to allow herself the freedom of believing there was something yet unknown about where her life could take her whereas Samuel had a restless hunger for forging his own path; claiming his own future. Both of them are on the fieldstone of realising they each had the inner will to proceed where they each felt lead to traverse; yet how to acquire the bold grit of confidence in order to find an overturnt leaf to circumvent your family’s views? Their open and raw sentiments of living a truer embodiment of their passion for experiencing life rather than observing it from the sidelines is what I felt knitted the two together. They saw a respect in each other’s eyes — a knowing sense each were facing the same questions and the quagmire of how to take what they felt and translate it to their living worlds.

Sisters have a way of upsetting each other without even realising something is a bit remiss between them; such is the case between Rebecca and her sister Rachel. Each of them are genuinely affectionate towards Samuel, not romantically at this point as he has barely been with them a fortnight, but there is tension stirring out of the fact both girls took a shine to the same bloke at the very same time! Samuel has given them a doorway into rising out of their girlhood youth and enter into the tender years of their womanhood. Living in such a small place such as Seldom Come By, the girls never had a farthering of an intent to rush this entrance. Until of course, a handsome seafaring bloke washes ashore into their ordinarily rote lives and gives them a reason to question everything they previously knew as living truth.

On the outside edges the sisters are coming point of stern to a maturity of age where the wrinkles of how life can ebb and flow your circumstances into a re-definition of your perception; thereby casting an upturnt on your sense of normalcy. There is a moment where Rebecca’s father makes a hard choice between less food and a bounty of provisions that gives Rebecca a pause for considering how the choice was made and why it was made if another route could have been taken. She’s on the verge of either accepting how her life will continue to alternative between happiness and sorrow, or muddling through without wanting to recognise the harder hues of a soul who deeply feels every inch of her heart’s pain. Samuel is questioning his own choices if he wants to proceed back to the sea after such an epic and catastrophic failure on his first initial attempts as having been rescued to Newfoundland gave his own mind a new perspective: one of open space, clean air, and a simpler way of living. Each of them are looking for something and not quite sure if they want to obtain it.

By the time war broke out, the letters and correspondences which were quite happily included in the context of the story started to take on a greater urgency of frequency and rightly so! I have a bit of a soft spot for epistolary novels and stories of all kinds where the letters effectively carry the conversations forward when meeting face to face would not be possible. Letters are quite unique in how they allow communication to flow by it’s own accord, recording our dearest of thoughts, hopes, fears, and aspirations — in such a way as to benefit the writer and the receiver of an equal well of depth.

I was quite caught up in the respite on Seldom Come By, those intricate three months where Samuel spent time with the family, I had found myself not quite prepared to shift into war. Idyllic in sound and setting, those were moments to cherish as peace through war takes half an age and is quite difficult to re-aquire after the battles are long since silenced. In Seldom Come By the greatest dangers lurk closer to home, and it is Rebecca whose stalwart faith and will of walking through pure anguish which will be put to the greatest of tests. I never would have suspected what happened would have taken such a gift away from her; a blessing of life and of the purist of joys, but then the seeds of mental illness can sometimes be overlooked by those who love each other most. I felt her carnal pain and her hopeless feeling of nothing ever quite being put back the way love had built it originally.

Your heart becomes so tethered to Rebecca, you simply cannot help but forsake sleep to continue to devour the pages; her life and Samuel’s at war are blindingly harsh, yet they have layers of love woven into their tapestries as well. The kindness her family gave to him when he needed shelter and a place to heal was extended to Rebecca by his own parents before he returned from the front. The sorrows continued to stack against them, nearly buckling an already broken spirit and hearts bleeding raw from losses no one can ever wish to be given to bear. There is such a resolute faith threaded throughout Seldom Come By irregardless of the tragedies and the sparse moments of joy, wherein there is a current of faith flicking as though a candle was kept lit and unbeknownst to everyone was lighting their path.

On the lyrical writing style of Sherryl Caulfield:

Caulfield implores you to soak inside her stories, as a story-teller whose own intuitive nature has a heightened awareness of the natural world as much as the natural rhythmic sequences of the human soul. She carves into the narrative the bobbles of earnest honesty you do not oft find in historical fiction; as some writers will only take the moment so far, yet here is a writer who leaves everything bare and honest. I love wordsmiths who have the natural ability to know exactly how much rein to give their characters the latitude they need to exercise their voice. This is a rare treat (of which I have thankfully come across more than a few times this past year!) as it allows you the progression of the character’s growth through self-acknowledgement of learned insight and observational gain out of trusting their conscience. Samuel and Rebecca live on the pages as honestly as if they were to sit beside you and orally tell their story instead.

After noting this, I reflected back to “The Language of Hoofbeats” as I had observed the very same inclination on behalf of Hyde; to give a measure of grace out of trusting the characters to reveal what was ready to be heard or seen. Caulfield shares her writerly intuition and has created a wholly engrossing story out of random circumstances which led to an extraordinary story.

I have been blessed over and over again in recent readings by unputdownable stories — stories which excite the spirit and the intangible joy of soaking inside a world so very much akin to our own and yet remarkably breathed into life by the well of creativity spilt out of the pen of writers! Seldom Come By joins my unputdownable reads and instantly becomes a new classic I shall cherish for having found! 

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I am had such a wonderful time hosting Sherryl Caulfield!
The best joy of all is realising this is a *trilogy!* and the story is not yet done!
I cannot wait to see the reactions of the other book bloggers as I loved this story
long before I ever picked up the novel! Have you ever done the same, dear hearts?
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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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One response to “Blog Book Tour | “Seldom Come By” (Book 1: of the Iceberg Trilogy) by Sherryl Caulfield a historical fiction set on the Province of Newfoundland: a land of stories, hearty souls, and the spirit of thriving in the midst of adversity!

  1. Wow, these books sound so wonderful AND they’re page turners, huh?! :D :D :D I do hope it’s not long before I get to start reading them. As I said, I’m not one for adult fiction, but I have a feeling I’d really enjoy these :) Thanks, ladies!

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