About the Book:
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.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.
“But you must realize that a future cannot be founded on broken hearts and deception.” (p. 231)
Rourke is a very wise man! No wonder Elizabeth loves him so! I’m kind of fond of him myself after all he has been through to be with Elizabeth! Hardship aside, Christine Johnson has written a very classic romance while adding a thread of intrigue that grows and changes until the reader is left rather flabbergasted! There are a LOT of broken hearts and deception that come to light throughout this novel, and it will keep the pages turning at an increasingly rapid pace. It becomes so much more than a romance!
I grew to care for this group of characters, and I grew especially fond of Elizabeth’s strength as the novel progressed. I watched her grow and change from a frightened girl to a very strong woman! Like I said before, Rourke stole my heart early on! He may be a Bohemian wrecker (it’s fun to learn about this!) but he is also a man of honor and strong faith. Elizabeth is blessed to learn the depth of both his strength and faith throughout the novel.
There are some pretty evil characters in the story too. At one point it seems that everyone is blinded by greed and fear. I won’t spoil the plot, but suffice it to say the journey becomes pretty dicey before you reach the final pages! This was an unexpected treasure of a novel, and one I am happy to recommend!
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. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.