What Lies Beneath

Young adult historical fantasy from Book View Café

Get it from Book View Café, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Amazon, Kobo, and Googleplay, and in print from your favorite bookstore!

Add it to your To-Read list on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Bookbub!

Read an excerpt!

Watch the teaser video!

About the book: War. Spies. Gossip and lies. Mythical Creatures. Falling in love. And it’s still only July.

It’s 1917, and everyone is doing their bit now that America has entered the Great War—everyone except 17-year-old Emma Verlaine. Her overprotective dad won’t let her go to nursing school while he’s off doing war work; instead, she’s been sent to stay for the summer with her Gran on an island off Cape Cod, and the most she’ll be able to do for the war effort is knit socks. Socks!

As it happens, island life isn’t so bad. There are the seals that seem even more fascinated by her than she is by them. There’s the new Navy Air Station that guards the coast from German U-boats where she’s determined to get a job. But most of all there’s Malcolm, whose family owns a resort hotel on the island and who gives her swimming lessons and delicious kisses.

But danger lurks in the waters off the island. Only Emma can save her new home—if she accepts that everything she thought she knew about her life is a lie, and that the seals are following her for a very good reason…

What the reviewers are saying:

Malcolm and Emma are appealing characters, and their sea-crossed romance keeps readers turning pages…. Engaging and fun. ~Kirkus Reviews

“What Lies Beneath” beautifully knits patriotism, self-discovery, and bravery galore into a mystical pattern of young love and legendary lore! ~InD’tale Magazine