Book Review: Ophelia Adrift by Helen Goltz

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Ophelia AdriftTitle: Ophelia Adrift
Author: Helen Goltz
Publisher: Atlas Productions
Pages: 185
Genre: YA Fantasy

Ophelia’s first love might be her last.

In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself—ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle, Sebastian, his boarder—nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too.

You can purchase your copy of Ophelia Adrift at Amazon.



My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Ophelia just lost her parents and her Uncle Seb has agreed to be her guardian. He has a beautiful house right by the ocean, 2 loving dogs, and a boarder named Adam who becomes a friend and confidant. Ophelia does an amazing job of settling in to her new home and her new school and makes new friends quickly. I forgot several times that her parents had just died. There was very little mourning for a girl who had just lost both parents.

The insta-romance between Ophelia and Jack was not believable. The way the book was written, with different POVs, should have helped me to understand this insta-romance but it didn’t. It was pretty creepy, actually, with Jack following her every move and wanting to possess her. I also never figured out how Jack knew Ophelia was coming before she even got there. 

I liked reading about the shipwreck, especially since it actually happened. I wondered, though, how Chayse’s family ended up there since his ancestor was from France and had died during the shipwreck. Hopefully, that will be addressed in the next book.

The concept of this book is a good one and I enjoyed it even though it could have been better. I think with a good edit, it would be a great read.



My room was beautiful, dreamy even—but I felt bad for liking it, as though I was being traitorous to Mum and Dad. I moved to the window and looked out over the ocean.  An incredible feeling of loneliness swept over me and I grabbed my chest; I don’t know why, I knew that wouldn’t help. As if reading my emotions, Agnes moved closer to me and I stroked her head.

The sun would soon set across the ocean; the shadows were already long across the rocks. Then I saw movement at the base of the rock … a person, a man with fair hair? I turned back but there was no one there.


About the Author

Helen GoltzHELEN GOLTZ is an Australian author of eight titles. Helen studied English literature and communications at university and has worked in print, television and radio. She is published by Atlas Productions and Clan Destine Press and is the founder of Atlas Productions—a boutique imprint promoting all genres and the love of words, and The Reviewers—an Australian book review website featuring a by-invitation panel of reviewers.

Her latest book is the YA fantasy, Ophelia Adrift.

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