Book 4 in the Sea Witch series, Ripples in the Sand continues to reveal the lives of the pirate Jesamiah Acorne and his wife, the witch Tiola.
In a departure from previous books, and unlike most pirate books, the action moves to home waters, based around the area of Appledore and Instow in North Devon. The majority of historical novels tend to feature the south coast so this in itself made the book a pleasure to read as it gave an insight into a different area.
Jesamiah is intending to sell a cargo of tobacco from his Virginia estate, and some illicit brandy and indigo, but when Tiola discovers some long lost relatives, one of whom has been arrested for smuggling, things start to get complicated. They soon find themselves involved with the local ruling families, including Sir Ailie Doone of the notorious Doone family of Exmoor, and a plot which will lead a Jacobite rebellion. Some family surprises are also in store for Jesamiah.
Tiola continues her struggle with Tethys who is still determined to have Jesamiah for her own and she must find a way to recall her previous lives and discover how events of the past have led to this situation.
Hollick as always has woven an intricate plot with a mix of fact and fantasy that was a very readable narrative which was hard to put down. I continue to like the two principal characters and look forward to reading more of their adventures.
Description of: Ripples in the Sand
Author: Helen Hollick