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Come Looking for Me: A Novel [Paperback]

Cheryl Cooper
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Oct. 12 2010 Seasons of War (Book 1)

In Come Looking for Me, a mysterious young English woman named Emily risks a crossing of the Atlantic during the War of 1812 for the promise of a new adventure in Canada. But she never arrives.

Captured by Captain Trevelyan, a man as cold-blooded as his frigate is menacing, Emily is held prisoner aboard the USS Serendipity. Seeking to save herself, she makes a desperate escape overboard in the midst of a raging sea battle and is rescued by the British crew of HMS Isabelle. Yet Emily has only exchanged one form of captivity for another, and remains in peril as England escalates its fight against the United States on the Atlantic.

On board the Isabelle, Emily encounters a crew of fascinating seamen and strikes up unexpected friendships, but life on a man-of-war is full of deprivations and dangers to which she is unaccustomed. Amidst heartache and tragedy at sea, she struggles to find her place among the men until a turn of events reveals her true identity. And when Trevelyan's ship once again looms on the horizon, Emily fears losing the only man she has ever loved and falling into the hands of the only man she has ever loathed.

Come Looking for Me is a rich and compelling story of love and courage, friendship and treachery, triumph and loss. With humour and poignancy, author Cheryl Cooper captures all the colour, detail, and excitement of the great ships from the golden age of sail, while bringing to life those who fought upon them. She tells a story of the bravery of the men locked in the epic, brutal struggle that was the War of 1812, and the courage of a woman who, with extraordinary determination, labours to make her own way in life and in love.

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Cheryl Cooper has crafted a novel of epic proportions, incorporating a cast of truly memorable characters. Her meticulous research captures the conditions at sea on a British man-of-war in the early part of the 19th century, and her account of the challenges facing a naval surgeon is particularly engrossing. Written in a flowing, graceful style, Come Looking for Me is a satisfying book that is difficult to put down. A wonderful read! (Dr. Walter Hannah, physician; former midshipman with the Royal Canadian Navy)

Come Looking for Me is a fine offering and unexpected romance set amid the fierce naval battles of the United States and Great Britain during the War of 1812. Cheryl Cooper succeeds in creating an intriguing cast of characters and making us care about their ultimate fate. Her extensive research and detailed descriptions of life on the sea add an unyielding realism to a story rich in action and suspense. (Anne Millyard, co-founder and former editor of Annick Press)

A high sea of a good read, roiling with history, cannon blasts, and storms of the heart...I couldn't put it down. (Karen Hood-Caddy, author of Tree Fever, Flying Lessons, Wisdom of Water)

Hours of meticulous research has resulted in a faithful often brutal depiction of life on a British man of war. This story mixes a generous amount of mystery, humor, action, suspense and unexpected romance into a colourful tale of high seas adventure. (Garrison Community Council 2011-08-01)

About the Author

Cheryl Cooper has a degree in English and Education from Queen's University. A former teacher of hearing-impaired children and a volunteer for the Children's Foundation of Muskoka, she lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just "A Novel", A GREAT Novel! Feb. 25 2014
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I just finished reading Cheryl Coopers book "Come Looking for Me" and I don't know if I can adequately express how incredibly much I enjoyed it!! I'm no literary critic by any stretch of the imagination, but I know a good book when I read one, and hers is well ensconced in the "Good Book" category. I have read a lot of Steven King over the years, and one of the things I like best about his writing is his character development - I have to say that Mrs Cooper has done an awesome job (in my humble opinion) of just that - character development. I felt I knew the people in her story, and now that I'm finished it I'm going to miss them! I'm a real old softy when it comes to emotional stories - I watch "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" every year, and I cry every year - and I'm not ashamed to admit that I had tears in my eyes at the end of this book. Keep writing, whatever you do, Cheryl, because I will look forward to your next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hijinks on the High Seas Jan. 29 2014
I took Come Looking For Me to read aboard a Caribbean cruise. The good news is that I loved the book's high seas adventure, salty marine characters and War of 1812 historical setting. The bad news is that I was missing out on current shipboard amenities like swimming pools and theatre performances until I had finished reading. I couldn't put it down. In fact, my partner had to "come looking for me." I'll be sure to devour Cheryl Cooper's sequel Second Summer War before my next cruise."Come Looking for Me: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Tale! Jan. 20 2014
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Come Looking for Me is one of the finest pieces of historical fiction I have laid my eyes on in years. Its author, Cheryl Cooper, has performed a miraculous juggling act, balancing her extraordinary, sweeping story with the subtleties of character and detail that make Come Looking for Me breathe. The plot is one that includes characters worth rooting for - individuals who evoke real passions and have formidable obstacles. The book's lead, Emily, for example, is a fine mixture of elegance, wit, and tenacity - think Pride and Prejudice's Keira Knightley meets Aliens' Sigourney Weaver. Meanwhile, its villains are just as fascinating, ultimately leaving you sympathetic to their cause. Much of this has to do with the rich, cinematic dialogue and action that Cooper paints for her readers. I would certainly recommend it to people of all ages. For a book that romanticizes the War of 1812, it succeeds in every possible way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Unforgettable Tale! Jan. 3 2014
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Go looking – immediately – for Come Looking For Me. It's a beauty of a tale with a beautiful, spirited heroine and a devoted doctor at sea during the War of 1812. Historically, this book MUST be accurate - the details are amazing! More importantly, the story races along. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me hold my breath. A wonderful, wonderful read. I highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book... Nov. 13 2010
Cheryl Cooper has written a masterful story. If you enjoy history and you enjoy fiction - you will very much enjoy "Come Looking For Me." I wasn't able to put it down. It is very evident that Cooper researched the era and has nailed down her facts perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical fiction book ! Nov. 28 2010
With "Come Looking for Me" Cheryl Cooper has written a great book with well researched and vivid details of harsh life and battles at sea during the War of 1812. Her character development of many characters in the novel is excellent and with a woman heroine Emily will grab your interest with her mysterious past and her adventures at sea. It is a great page turner and will transport you in imagination back to that era. I highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction with a dash of mystery and romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read Nov. 21 2011
So well written! Loved this story and absolutely fell in love with each and every character. Was sad when it was finished . . . I wanted MORE!!! Can hardly wait for a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Tale
Cheryl Cooper has written a wonderful historic tale on the high seas! I really fell in love with the rich characters and became vested in their fate. Read more
Published on April 18 2011 by Patti G. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite book this year
My search for a great read ended when I bought "Come Looking For Me". The story is engaging and imaginative, the characters lively and endearing. I loved it from start to finish.
Published on March 22 2011 by Catherine Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
In "Come Looking For Me," an historical fiction novel for young adults set on the high seas in the early 19th century, Cheryl Cooper has crafted a strong believable story with an... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2011 by JoanE.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Delight......
"Come Looking for Me" is an exceptional read, beautifully written, full of engaging characters and lots of excitment. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Journey.
What a fabulous book! The author had me tearing up, smiling, yearning for romance and blubbering at the end. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2011 by Rosie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic
For a man who does not read much fiction, I found that this was a gripping story that was hard to put it down since every chapter leaves the reader anxious to know what will happen... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2010 by James Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
Prepare to be engaged from page one. I couldn't put it down. I started reading it around 10 pm one night - thought I'd knock off a few pages, just to get the feel of it. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2010 by N E Beal
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