STORY: 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.
REVIEW: Key West, Florida 1846
When Elizabeth Benjamin was due to sail to Charleston to find a suitable match, she did not want to leave without saying goodbye to Captain Rourke O’Malley who owned a wrecker boat. She had known and loved him for a long time, however, her father does not approve of wreckers. Pressing through a storm and taking her 11-year-old brother, Charlie, with her, she soon was overcome by the flooding waters and Charlie became trapped. Luckily, Rourke was nearby and rescued them both but Charlie’s legs were injured and left useless.
Elizabeth’s mother has passed away in Key West and Elizabeth decides to return home. After four years, Elizabeth has not found a man who could compare to Rourke. Her overbearing Great-Aunt and her black maid, a slave, Anabelle, are accompanying her. During the harrowing trip home, her ship is caught on a reef just off Key West and Rourke manages to rescue them.
Once home, Elizabeth finds her father and brother unwelcoming to her. She also finds that she is the heir to a small fortune left to her by her mother. However, to receive it, she must marry someone approved by her family. The man her father has chosen is Percival Finch, a man she finds completely offensive. Elizabeth loves one man only and that is Rourke.
The story continues with the owner of the ship that Rourke rescued and a fight over Rourke’s claim of some of the cargo. We also find that Anabelle has been married to John, a free man and Rourke’s partner. John wants his wife and works to find a way to take her and sail away to the Bahamas. In addition, by reading her mother’s diary, Elizabeth uncovers a shocking secret.
We see Elizabeth’s family constantly forcing her to be with Percival. I loved the story up until this point. I became weary with the weakness Elizabeth showed at not pushing to stand up for what she wanted in life. However, the book was a good one and I highly recommend it.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher