Monday, March 12, 2012

Prize of My Heart



Massachusetts, 1815.

Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis's late wife abandoned thier son, leaving no clue as to the boy's whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man's daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts as loving guardian to the child.

Lorena, who hides a truth finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who's come to secure ownership of one of her father's ships. She's unaware of Brogran's own secret when another's deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.

Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.

Will his love endure once he learns her secret?

My Review:

Rich language evokes such incredible images that I swear I can still smell the tangy scent of salt  in the air! Norato's descriptive writing will send you back to a time when heroes were larger than life just like ex-privateer Brogan Talvis. (Insert collective sigh here!) A tortured soul filled with the grim determination to right a wrong on his own terms. Is there anything more swoonworthy than a reluctant hero in navy dress? The kind that has a keen sense of justice and the gall to set out administering it as he sees fit? Only to be laid low by the likes of a baking-diva heroine with a backbone of steel? (Insert another collective sigh...or two or three.)

Lorena makes a captivating heroine. Feisty but gentle, stubborn but compassionate, a lady as comfortable in the role as kitchen maid as she is entertaining her father's elite guests. What a a wonderful paradox! And one that Brogan finds all too hard to resist.

Of course their love story is fraught with peril -- both physical and emotional. And tickled with humour. Often poignant. And hope-fueled even in their darkest hour! Prize of My Heart is definitely a delight to read and not one that historical fans dare miss.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject line so your entry is easy to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 18 2012. Offer open to international readers.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Sounds like a great well-rounded story. I enjoyed your review.

    Please enter me
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  2. I'm beginning to think covers with boats on them will always entice me :) I'm intrigued by the "hidden son" thing.

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  3. It's definitely an intriguing plot, elissa, with a surprising twist at the end. :-) And it's well-rounded as well, Faye. Norato did a great job of finding balance between action and romance and intrigue. Really well done.

    Good luck you two!

  4. Lisa is a new author for me but I'm hearing good things about this book. Please enter me in the book drawing. I'd enjoy winning and reading "Prize of My Heart."

  5. This sounds like a really good book! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Pam, Lisa was a new author to me too, but I'm a convert!

    It really is a great book, Liz.

    Good luck ladies!

  7. This sounds really good. Another great review! Please enter me. :)

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  8. Ooh, this looks like a good book! I've never read anything by Lisa, but this looks very interesting! Thanks for the great giveaway!


  9. Good luck Cathy and Elyssa!

  10. Looks like a great read! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Thank you, Kav, for your review! I am deeply touched and encouraged by your words. What a blessing is it to me to hear how much you liked Prize of My Heart. And good luck to all the ladies with the book giveaway!

  12. I love the title, it sounds like it is perfect for this story. Please include me in the drawing for Pirate of My Heart. Thanks!
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  13. Sounds like a great book, never read anything by this author. Put my name in the drawing please.....and I will add this to my Amazon wish list, just in

    Happy Spring (well it feels like it here in New Orleans!)

  14. Thanks for your comments, Lisa.

    Merry -- it's definitely a perfect story!

    Betsy -- it's spring here too...well almost summer really. Very unusual for my part of Canada.

    Good luck in the draw everyone. I'm about to do it now!