Book Review

‘Simply Anna’ by Jennifer Moore

sa jmSTORY: Suffering from a cruel heartbreak, Lord Philip Hamilton has been driven to seek refuge from the painful memories haunting London, and his father’s Jamaican sugar cane plantation provides just the escape he needs.

Philip finds solace in his hard work and takes comfort in the fact that his distance from society ensures that his heart will be protected from future entanglements. Protected, that is, until the unexpected appearance of a mysterious woman with no memory of her past. The only clue to her identity is a necklace inscribed with a name: Anna.

In a matter of weeks, this gentle, intelligent, and impossibly beautiful stranger turns Philip’s world upside down. But as the bond between the pair grows, the threat of Philip losing his heart once more is only the beginning of the dangers that await. Island renegades and a ruthless band of pirates clash in a swashbuckling battle, and it soon becomes clear that these villains may be the key to unlocking Anna’s past . . .

REVIEW: Anna Wheeler lost her parents suddenly which left her in need of a position to support herself. She is now Nanny to Lord and Lady Lockwood’s children on a ship bound for Jamaica. The seas have been quite choppy during the long voyage and one night when Anna goes out on deck to retrieve a favorite toy left out there by her young charge, she slips and is thrown into the ocean.

Lord Philip Hamilton is the second son of the Marquess of Leavenworth. He has been engaged to be married and is so very happy until his betrothed throws him over for his older brother. Angry and heartbroken, Philip decides to head to Jamaica to run the family’s sugar plantation. Upon arrival, he finds a fairly run-down home with only one woman trying to take care of it all. In addition, the actions and attitude of the mean overseer, Mr. Horace Braithwaite, appall Philip and he realizes that he will have to get rid of him. He is cruel to the slaves and freed-people who work the plantation and looks upon their lives as meaningless. Determined to learn as much and as fast as he can, Philip fires Horace and hires a younger man to take his place.

One day when riding around the plantation, Philip and his overseer come across a young woman who has washed up on shore. Certain she is dead, they are amazed when she tries to speak. Terribly sunburned, dehydrated and with a loss of memory from a head wound, they take her up to the house where she is cared for by Philip’s housekeeper. Frustrated that she cannot remember anything, she realizes that her name is Anna from the locket she wears around her neck.

As Anna slowly heals and regains her strength, Philip takes her around the plantation sharing with her his plans for planting coffee in another area and other improvements he wants to make. But there are things that happen that result in destruction and loss for Philip. Having to be even more careful for their safety, they sometimes encounter different animals and bad people.

Philip’s neighbor is a wealthy man with a very spoiled daughter who sets her sights on Philip and is determined to marry him. Her rudeness to Anna knows no bounds and the reader wants to smack her. Philip realizes that he needs the money from his neighbor to make his plantation prosper and decides that he must marry his daughter even though he has fallen in love with Anna.

Will Anna regain her memory? What does her future hold for her? Where can she go if Philip marries? Can Philip bring himself to marry such a hateful person just for money?

This was a fabulous book chock full of mystery and intrigue. I loved Philip’s compassion for the workers on his plantation and his strength and determination as he fought to make it a better place. Don’t miss this one. Author Jennifer Moore has written one of those special stories that will stay with the reader for a long time to come.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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