Treasures Of The Deep Blue Sea by Roberta Franklin
Nikos, a distinguished professor of archaeology, and Sally, his young assistant, are looking forward to enjoying their vacation together in Crete. They are keenly anticipating swimming together, eating together, and relaxing together – as well as hardly being able to keep their hands off each other. But neither of them could expect the surprising twists which their holiday takes.
While scuba diving, Sally discovers ancient carved figures on the sea bed. Where are they from? Then, after having gone swimming, Sally disappears completely. Who is responsible? Is it Kostas, the young Cretan man who has already made his admiration for Sally very plain? The answer turns out not to be simple and to involve a long-lasting vendetta which brings Sally, Nikos, and the other central figures in this exciting and vividly-coloured story to the very brink of disaster.
Review by Marjorian
5.0 out of 5 Stars
Roberta Franklin’s Second Novel
August 23, 2018
“Treasures of the Deep Blue Sea” is up-and-coming romance writer Roberta Franklin’s second novel. The reader is re-united with her charming couple- senior Greek archaeologist Nikos and younger Irish tomboy Sally whom we first met in Roberta’s debut novel “The Professor and the Bird”. Nikos’s occupation allows Roberta to incorporate interesting elements of ancient history into her romances which she does with a light touch, and Sally learns fascinating fragments of history at the same time as the reader.
First and foremost, though Roberta writes about love, sex and romance, and this reader finds it easy to identify with the lovers who always occupy the foreground in her writing. But there are additional thrills and spills in this second novel set on the historic island of Crete where traditional values still hold sway and family honour remains of paramount concern. Feuds can last for generations, and Nikos and Sally get caught up in one such. When Sally is kidnapped by one of the warring families Nikos is beside himself with worry, and finds his urbane and professorial kind of manliness tested to the limit as he deals with the fierce Cretans who display a very different form of machismo.
Roberta skillfully weaves together the different strands of her novel- the deep love between Nikos and Sally, the archaeological excavations which are at the centre of their daily lives, and the danger, the thrills and spills of the vendetta. She writes with humour and her descriptive skills are always evident and allow the reader to luxuriate in the Mediterranean landscape and the feasting that plays such a big part in the traditional family life of the whole region. Her secondary characters are always well drawn be they proud but hidebound Cretan fathers trying to dictate marriage arrangements to their despairing children, or Turkish archaeologists backing Nikos’s field trips.
This book is another engrossing chapter in the Nikos/Sally story and we can only hope that we hear more of them in Roberta’s further work. But I for one feel that whatever and whoever she chooses to write about next we shall have another highly enjoyable read on our hands.
Paperback: 206 Pages
Publisher: Olympia Publishers (July 26, 2018)
About The Author: Roberta Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English Literature in Munich, lives in Piraeus (Greece) and London.
She has worked in various fields – as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent – and during the past ten years she has been working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages.
Her true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been romantic fiction.
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