Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle?
When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
Sadly I was in a bit of a reading slump when I first started this book so it took me a lot longer to finish than it should have. And because of that this review may be a little bit scatterbrained and I apologize in advance!
While it was at times very obvious that this was a newer author, I did enjoy the story and its characters. Rourke was a fascinating hero and I loved he was an honest man of his word despite the fact that many in his profession were quite the opposite. Elizabeth had some growing up to do, but, though it seemed a little forced, I did admire the changes in her by the end. The other characters were all well-written whether they were annoying, bad or likable! I especially liked the young sailor Tom!
The plot moved along well, kept me interested, and I all around enjoyed this book! I'm looking forward to what else this author has for us!
Meet the Author
Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Learn more at www.christineelizabethjohnson.com.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.