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Description: When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead? Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping. Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans. After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world. Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?
I keep expecting Witemeyer to come out with a book that I think is just okay, not amazing. Yet every time, she manages to wow me with yet another awesome story. Full Steam Ahead impressed me on so many levels: the history, the setting, the characters, and, the thing that defines every Witemeyer book and sets her above so many authors, the strong faith element.
Full Steam Ahead was a bit more… well steamy than some of Witemeyer’s other books. There were several kissing scenes in this book and, often, a book with as much kissing as this one would have gotten a star knocked off for my personal tastes, but this one maintained five stars.
I liked Nicole form the first moment I started reading about her. She is so smart and sassy, yet I was surprised that she also maintained her femininity, proving Witemeyer’s skill and ability to break the molds. Nicole was an endearing character, and I hope that Witemeyer writes a prequel about her someday.
Darius was such a heart-breaking character. His pain felt so real and his quest so understandable. He was a perfect match for Nicole. Most authors miss the mark when it comes to obsessed/broken characters. However, Darius was very life-like and lovable.
About half-way through the book, I thought that this was going to be the first Karen Witemeyer book without a strong faith element, and I was disappointed. However, just a short chapter or so later, the message hit and it hit hard. I was near tears! How she wove the threads into the story without me realizing it, I don’t know, but it was awesome.
I highly recommend this book to older girls who love historical romance, strong faith, and endearing characters.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
Thanks for hosting the last stop on my blog tour, Sarah! I'm a 22-year-old homeschool graduate, wife to my best friend Tyler, mother of two little boys, self-published author of four books, and freelance book designer.
What inspired The Case of the Tabloid Tattler?
A bored mind. Literally. My brain was feeling all restless so I started randomly writing the beginning of a story. One idea followed another, and pretty soon I actually did have a story on my hands!
Do you know when Mia will solve her next case?
Mia is currently working on her next case; it's something to do with a missing dog, oddly enough. I'll be sharing updates on her progress on my blog.
In which I give an update on A Different Kind of Courage
Today I am posting the cover and details of Rooglewood Press' new Fairy Tale collection.
Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their second fairy tale novella contest—
Five Enchanted Roses
a collection of “Beauty and the Beast” stories
The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Beauty and the Beast,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Enchanted Roses collection, which will be packaged up with the gorgeous cover you see displayed here. Perhaps your name will be one of the five displayed on this cover?
All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.
Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers, is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 14. Do grab yourself a copy and see what these talented writers have done with the timeless “Cinderella” tale!
Authors I Love 10:49 AM
Yes, life is crazy. Most of the time I have spent blogging or working on my computer has been monopolized by Homeschool Authors. I have been putting together a big summer reading program/giveaway. Yes, it is pretty amazing.
I am also so excited to see three Homeschool Authored books I have endorsed using my endorsements.
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Right now I am editing my book and working with my cover designer trying to get the good model for the front. Which brings me to my last, random thing.
Calling all photographers. Would you like to see your image on the cover of my next book? I am currently looking for a high quality image of a man in his early/mid twenties in Colonial (non-military) looking garb. I am more than happy give credit and compensation for the photo. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends. Need some inspiration? Check this out. http://www.history.org/
Yes, I am willing to pay if you can get me a photo that looks better than anything we have been able to find.