Across Oceans – Hope or High Water Book 1

Across Oceans
365 Pages
ISBN 9780999110508

“A beautifully crafted novel. One I would recommend to any historical fiction reader.” -Tanya E. Williams, author of Becoming Mrs. Smith

He’s haunted by the past. She’s running from the future. One chance encounter will change them both.

Three years after his sister’s death, Reuben Radford’s once idyllic family is crumbling. Between his mother’s madness, his father’s criticism, and persecution by his own guilty conscience, the future has never seemed more bleak. He needs an escape. But who can he trust when the secret he carries is trying to destroy his very self?

The daughter of esteemed English upbringing, Maggie Archer has spent life dreading family obligations, no more so than the day her mother insists she select a prestigious husband. Except Maggie has lived with the effects of her parents’ own loveless marriage for too long. She vows never to lose her heart in the same way, but is she prepared for how much that promise may ultimately cost her?

When Reuben and Maggie’s paths unexpectedly collide, circumstance takes them on a voyage that forever changes their futures - and themselves. Will their choices set them free or will one reckless decision send them both down with the ship?

Kelsey Gietl

About Kelsey Gietl (St. Louis, Missouri Author)

Kelsey Gietl

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Kelsey Gietl grew up with a love of books and excessive use of her library card. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Graphic Design from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and has made a career in fields from event planning and proposal writing to product management and communications. Her novels stem from her belief that the present reflects the past, and always involve a healthy dose of romance and a touch of intrigue.

In her free time—when she’s not writing, reading, or researching—she enjoys yoga, musical theatre, beach vacations, and gallivanting around St. Louis with her amazing husband and two beautiful children.

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