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  • Location: Isle of Sylt

The Whaler

The Whaler

Why a Booktrail?

1764: Life on the isle of Sylt is hard and dangerous…

  • ISBN: 978-1611099249
  • Translator: Kate Northrop
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

Life in the windswept village of Rantum in the North Sea is fraught with peril and hardship. Most families must rely on arranged marriage just to survive. But free-spirited Maren Luersen doesn’t care for riches—her heart belongs to handsome but poor Thies Heinen. He may not have prospects or fortune to offer, but Maren knows their intense love can overcome any obstacle, and she is determined to be his bride.

The wealthy and mysterious Captain Rune Boyse has other plans. He shocks Maren with a startling marriage proposal, and even though he can give her family a better life, her love for Thies is too powerful to deny. But when tragedy strikes, she finds herself in debt to the captain and must set sail with him on a dangerous whale hunt—with no promise of a safe return.

If Maren survives, will life be the same back on shore? Or will her heart change course somewhere over the icy swells of the Arctic Sea?

Travel Guide

BookTrail style to the Isle of Sylt with The Whaler


An island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein

It’s very distinctive due to its shape and is the largest of the North Frisian islands. It’s unique as it is so exposed and in the middle of the North Sea so is prone to storms and tidal changes.

The island is also known for its many holiday spots and celebrity hangouts – Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup,

Since 1927, Sylt has been connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Whaler

Destination: Isle of Sylt  Author/guide:  Ines Thorn  Departure Time: 1711

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