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 crippled 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 upright man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do 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 readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.
A compelling tale of forgiveness and redemption.
Truth be told I didn't immediately connect with Elizabeth. Selfish might be the best way to describe her. Not in a deliberate, unfeeling way. She just doesn't know any better. Her folly is part temperament and part upbringing. She's so intent on what she wants she often fails to notice the needs of others...or even that her actions might have repercussions that involve other people. Time and experience provide her an opportunity to remedy all that. And that's what make the story so good. We get to watch Elizabeth stretch and grow -- and it's a painful experience but also a rewarding one. She softens and matures through the course of the novel and I was cheering her on by the end. I love when an author changes my mind about a character. Now that's talent!
Fascinating historical details add an extra layer of satisfaction to this read. Lush details and infuriating social norms engaged my emotions just as much as the riveting plot. And the Romeo and Juliet style romance -- well, sublime doesn't quite describe the thrill it gave me. An engrossing read from the tumultuous beginning to the soul-stirring end.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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