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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 Historical Fiction For Book Clubs July 1 2014
By Libby
Format:Paperback
A first novel for Cheryl Cooper and she immediately hit her stride. You won't be able to put this down, a fabulous piece of Historical Fiction. You will come to love Emily the young English woman, who's adventure is painted for you in poignant detail; and loath Mrs. Kettle the ships laundress, who pulls out all the stops to try and make Emily's life pure hell. Fortunately for Emily the ship's Doctor Braden, Biscuit the cook, Fly Austen, and other shipmates immediately become her allies.
Cheryl makes you feel as though you are aboard the ship with Emily, truly engaged in her adventure. Book Clubs would have a great discussion around the hardships faced at sea, the courage of the young seamen and how little we know about our own history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be adapted for the screen! June 12 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the best historical-fiction novels that I've ever read! A perfect blend of action, romance, and very loveable characters. Come Looking for Me draws in its readers with a rich storyline that has a very cinematic feel to it. In fact, this book should be adapted into the next HBO TV series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come Looking for Me May 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book while I was away and thought it was a great read! Cheryl did an awesome job! Come Looking for Me was full of adventure and had a little romance. I definitely would recommend this book! I look forward to reading her next book! Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come looking for me, and Second Summer of War May 5 2014
Format:Paperback
First off I want everyone to know that I absolutely loved reading each of the books. I had a really hard time putting them down. The stories where fast paced, action packed and certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the fact that they where short chapters that kept you wanting to read more. Both stories take place in the time period of the War of 1812. The stories are about a young lady named Emily who had wonderful and scary adventures on and around the sea. I am on pins and needles awaiting the third book. When you have read the first two books, you will also be filled with excitement in anticipation of Emily's next adventure. Enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Novel!! May 4 2014
Format:Paperback
I cannot even begin to say how completely fabulous this book is. I picked it up on a Saturday morning and was instantly sucked into a world of naval ships, mystery, tragedy, courage, love and everything else that this novel stands for. I could not (and did not) put the book down until I was finished. The mark of a truly amazing read for me is when, upon completion of the novel, I remain wrapped up in the world of the characters, and find myself thinking as if I was, in this case, Emily. I am beyond proud and happy to say that I have still not come back to Earth, after reading this novel. Thank you for producing such a clever, emotional and inspiring piece of work. You are a literary goddess!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! April 26 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A captivating story of adventure, emotion, and suspense. I would like to echo all the other reviews about how incredible "Come Looking for Me" is! I was completely fascinated by this story and once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I couldn't help but be intrigued by the unraveling mystery, and wonderful journey of the main character Emily!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful page-turner! April 22 2014
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel of intrigue, adventure, and poignant romance. The engaging, feisty heroine and a cast of memorable characters, including a somewhat fictionalized brother of Jane Austen, capture the imagination and keep you enthralled. Illuminating a fascinating but lesser known aspect of the War of 1812, this well-paced story, rich with historical details, brings this era of seafaring war to life. I look forward to the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just "A Novel", A GREAT Novel! Feb. 25 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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