The title of this book is a double entendre referring to both the Cornish sea and the temperamental and tempestuous nature of many of the main characters and their relationships with each other. By the time I reached this book, I would have thought I would be at least accustomed to this but I was completely infuriated by the continuous impulsive and unwise actions and reactions of Ross and several others. Their misadventures continue in this book, frustratingly so but the characters are so finely written and developed that one simply can not stop reading. Graham beautifully captures the hard and heartbreaking lives of his characters in north Cornwall and London. Although the characters continue to frustrate me with their self destructive behavior, they are always true to their nature. As I mentioned in an earlier review, once you start this series you will not rest until you have read all 12 books. Through beautiful writing that creates living, breathing characters (both major and minor)that populate this harsh yet beautiful world, Graham will transport you. Even if your only experience with Ross is through the PBS series you will delight in getting to know this anti-hero and his equally flawed yet fascinating family and friends.
With the most shocking, heart-rending ending of the seven books so far, this book is a tear jerker and thought provoking episode in the saga. Although the series has clearly portrayed the helpless and hopeless state of the lot in life of women at the time, this particular book reveals the desperation it evoked in women of all stations.