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A wonderful adventure
on 22 January 2014
The story of Jonathan Palmer, a young orphan, setting off on a great adventure in the year 1792 immediately captured
my imagination. An orphan, desperate to learn the truth of his birth, he stows away on board a ship bound for England in search of his mother. Jonathan is just fifteen years old, and, at the time the story is set, the journey would be long and arduous and especially dangerous for a young boy hiding away during the voyage. But the story takes a tragic turn and the ship is lost along with its fleet whilst still in the waters of the Caribbean. More than that, young Jonathan who was not even listed on the ship's company was lost in every sense.
200 years later on the island of Grand Cayman a teenage boy with his own modern-day problems but a special affinity for the sea, is drawn to the place of those long-ago shipwrecks.
Although I was totally invested in the historical story the switch to modern day is smooth and timely. The paranormal elements fit superbly with the fear and superstitions that abound within seafaring communities both past and present.
Lastly this is a story of two young boys, separated by two centuries, who were able, in their own ways, to cross the boundaries of time and help one another.