STORY: Two Men Vie for Her Affection–Survival Will Depend on Choosing the Right One
Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else.
Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?
With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the reader’s senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.
REVIEW: Nantucket Island – 1852
Prosperity Anne Jones has just buried her mother. Six years ago, she lost her father to the seas. She has no family other than her mother’s sister whom she had once met when she was small. Wondering what she will do now, she thinks of David Latham, a Lieutenant and engineer in the Army Corps, whom she had agreed to marry two years ago before he left. Now that he is in the Army in Key West, it will be years before he returns. A regular letter writer, it has been awhile since she has heard from him. Her aunt says that Prosperity cannot stay with her, but gives her some money to help her find a job. That is when Prosperity decides to travel to Key West.
Key West – 1852
Lt. David Latham is trying to write a letter to Prosperity to tell her how he had been pulled into marriage via alcohol to Aileen Carlyle and she is pregnant with another man’s child. He had drunk too much and when he woke the next morning, he found himself married to the woman. Not used to drinking, he did so because his men taunted him into it. In Key West, he is working on constructing Fort Zachary Taylor.
When Prosperity arrives at the Fort, she finds that David is married and his wife is expecting a child. Prosperity meets a kind woman and her husband, Elizabeth and Rourke, who quickly befriend her and offer her a place to stay with them. She gets a job as a laundress at the local hospital. She soon meets a doctor, some years older than she, who enjoys walking her to and from the hospital. They become friends, but that is all she wants from the relationship.
The story follows David and Aileen and the events in their lives. In addition, we follow Prosperity and how she progresses living in Key West.
This is a nice story that keeps the reader’s interest to find out what will happen in the end.
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