The Song of the Sea by Jenn Alexander

One woman must confront her grief when she falls in love with a struggling single-mom whose son reminds her of the child she lost.



Lisa Whelan wasn’t planning on falling in love.

The ocean has always been a place of freedom for Lisa Whelan, and after her newborn son passes away, she returns to her family home by the sea to seek freedom from her grief. She’s not expecting to meet anyone, and is caught off guard by the attraction she feels for Rachel, the co-owner of a local restaurant. That initial spark is dampened, however, when Lisa realizes that Rachel has a child.

Rachel Murray has worked hard to build a life for herself and her son but raising Declan has not been without its challenges. Each day when Rachel picks him up from school, she says a silent prayer that he will be waiting for her in his classroom, and not in the principal’s office. Again. Her son’s behavior has grown increasingly disruptive, and Rachel is at a loss at how to help him.

Despite her grief, Lisa finds herself drawn to both Rachel and Declan. She thinks she can keep her emotions at bay— keep from drowning in grief and keep from falling in love—but she finds both to be a tidal wave, washing over her, and sweeping her off her feet. Lisa never intended on falling in love with anyone, and she certainly won’t allow herself to fall for someone whose son is a constant reminder of the child she lost.

Or can she?

The Song of the Sea was lovely and poignant, with believable and well-developed characters. The sensitive story line was handled with grace and compassion with moments of pure heartache tempered with relief and joy.” —BETH BURNETT, author of Coyote Ate the Stars

“Jenn Alexander weaves a powerful tale, demonstrating that unexpected love can turn heartache into hope.” —KIMBERLY COOPER GRIFFIN, Author of Without a Net and No Experience Required

The Song Of The Sea tackles grief head-on, giving us an intimate portrait of a mother’s love for her child, and all of her hopes and dreams that will never be fulfilled.  Embracing life while keeping the memory of our loss close to our hearts is the only way through, and I cried repeatedly at Lisa’s breakthroughs. There were no platitudes, no easy answers. Grief is awful, but survivable, and Lisa and Rachel are great role models for the process.” —SUSAN X. MEAGHER, author of The Keeper’s Daughter

JENN ALEXANDER was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada. She holds an M.S. in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and has since moved home, where she is trying to reacclimatize to the frozen north. She is a graduate of the 2018 class of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy, for which she was the year’s recipient of the Sandra Moran scholarship.

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