STORY: Lady Viola Hextall is bored—of the ocean, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship’s rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon—and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her…
To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a lady and the spirit of an adventurer—an unlikely combination that he finds utterly irresistible. So he’s hoping to convince Viola to leave the stifling ballrooms of London high society behind because there is a big, wide world just waiting for them to explore—together.
REVIEW: Lady Viola Hextall is sailing from England to New York as instructed by her brother to acquire some “life experiences.” It appears that when she did something wrong, her brother, the Earl of Boden, insisted that she not have a season in London, but that she be introduced to society in America. Not at all pleased with this outcome, Viola’s dream has been to marry a Duke and become a Duchess. Of course, she has no particular Duke in mind. That is just her goal.
On the ship, Viola is chaperoned by Miss Yates and Miss Woodward who seem more like jailers to her than real women.
Also on the ship and tasked with keeping as eye on Viola is a friend of her brother’s, Mr. Nathaniel Shaw. He is a surgeon who was in the Army and is now headed to the Missouri territory in America where he plans to settle.
Nathaniel and Viola strike up a conversation and Viola takes an interest in his knowledge of the medical field. Since she doesn’t appear to be squeamish and is truly interested, Nathaniel shares some of his anatomy books with her. When Viola drops by his office, she is fascinated with the medical instruments and wants to learn more. When a ship’s seaman is injured, Viola steps right up and assists Nathaniel with the man’s treatment which impresses Nathaniel immensely.
Their togetherness soon grows into an attraction that cannot be denied. What can the future hold for two people poised to go on different paths in life?
This is a novella that was well written by the author. I have enjoyed her novels and look forward to reading more.
Connie for b2b
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