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Prize of My Heart [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Norato
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Book Description

Rich in Historical Detail, This Is a Romance that Delivers!

An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day another's evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.

Editorial Reviews


"Norato brings her characters to life. They have charm, are sweet and some even have a bit of a swagger about them. Fans of New England's Federal period will enjoy Prize of My Heart."

"Jealousy, conspiracy and secrets enter into the mix, and the reader is led from page to page working through this exciting tale which takes Boston and on the high seas."
- LIBRARIES ALIVE, Publication of the National Church Library Association

From the Author

My goal in writing the Sea Heroes of Duxbury novels was to tell stories about finding hope and faith in the midst of the storm and the transforming power of God's love.  I have endeavored to make these romances rich in historical detail, full of atmosphere and with an aura of mystery.  I hope you enjoy them!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1378 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00A18IHHO
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G2YPFW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Historical! February 17, 2012
In Prize of My Heart, Lisa Norato has penned a heartwarming tale in the aftermath of the War of 1812; a tale of deceit, betrayal, honor, and love. After searching relentlessly, Captain Brogan Talvis, one of the bravest privateer captains during the war has his heart set on but one goal; to retrieve the son his late wife abandoned several years before. He discovers that his son was adopted by a wealthy shipbuilder, and is being lovingly taken care of by the man and his lovely daughter, Lorena Huntley, and intends to spirit his son away from them no matter what the cost.

Lorena finds herself immensely drawn to Brogan, quite unaware of what he is after and that he is also a man of many dark secrets. Brogan, in return, is oblivious of the fact that Lorena fosters her own deep, dark secret, and finds himself falling for this sweet, Godly, young woman. Will their secrets destroy the sparks of love igniting the two of them?...and when Lorena is in danger will Brogan choose to save her in exchange for the son he has so longed for, all these many years? Will he ever submit his tormented soul to the loving God Lorena serves?

This was truly a lovely story of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances; with characters who wrapped themselves around my heart from pg. one! Lisa is a marvelous writer, and her research for the setting in this novel was impeccable. I love that there was a deep spiritual thread throughout, and though the conclusion was somewhat predictable, I enjoyed the journey there. Very nicely written, Lisa, and I am expecting great things from this author in the future!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prize of My Heart - A Thrilling Love Story! May 4, 2012
Captain Brogan Talvis searches for his son that has been abandoned by his late wife. He feels hurt and betrayed that she has done this to him. His burning desire is to find his son and reunite with him. Finally after years of searching Captain Talvis has found a lead to where his son is living. He is living with Nathaniel Huntley, one of New England's most notable shipbuilders. It is a mystery to Captain Talvis as to what plan Huntley played in his son's disappearance. When Captain Talvis learns of the whereabouts of his son he devises a plan to be reunited with his son and steal away into the night with him.

Upon arriving at the Huntley estate Captain Talvis watches a girl sitting on a flat rock. He wonders why a kitchen maid would be out so early in the morn. She immediately intrigues him. What Captain Talvis doesn't know is the kitchen maid is none other than Huntley's daughter Lorena. Thus the story begins.

There is so much action and suspense in this book. The characters come alive and pull you into this thrilling adventure. There are many twists and turns throughout this great read. This story is a real page turner. I was on the edge of my seat many times worrying over what would happen next!

I loved this book. I loved how the author Lisa Norato brings God into the picture. In her telling of this story she makes sure we are aware that Faith in God, Trust in God, and family is the most important things in life.

This is the first book that I have read of this author. It won't be the last!

I wish to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but I wanted more May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My newest book I received (for free) from Bethany House to review. This review is my own unbiased, personal opinion.

Prize of my Heart is the story of Lorena, a sweet young woman who meets the dashing Brogan Talvis by her father's shipyard one morning. He's a little flirty and handsome, and instantly Lorena is on her guard. When she finds out that Brogan is actually the new captain who has been working with her father to get a new ship, Lorena is shocked. Brogan is equally shocked to find out Lorena is the daughter of the wealthy shipyard owner. While Brogan's goal is not to start a romance, but to reclaim his long lost son, it's hard to deny the feelings that form between him and the beautiful Lorena. The story takes a few twists and turns and challenges Brogan to turn to faith in God.

*Sigh* I really wanted to absolutely love this book. The cover art was beautiful to me, so I had big expectations. The back of the book sounded just like the kind of Christian fiction that I enjoy. But I found Prize of My Heart to just be pretty good...not awesome. Some of the reasons why I didn't love it:

-the characters were a little too flawless....Lorena was beautiful, sweet, full of faith, could bake, was the perfect surrogate mother, etc. Brogan, while a little more rough around the edges and struggled with his past and faith, was still big, muscular, tan, and handsome. His flaws weren't really explored and I feel like I missed the part where he was coming into a faith in God. It was like one minute he was depressed and didn't want anything to do with God and the next all was good.

-the tension/action in the story fell a little flat. About mid-way through the book there was a really exciting part. I was like...yes!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy! You'll love it. March 18, 2012
Loved it! Captain Brogan Talvis has searched long for his son who was given to another family by his wife while he was away at sea. Abigail Talvis is now dead and Bogan's three long years of searching for his son has produced the knowledge of his whereabouts. He has finally found his son and plans to abduct him! However, as Brogan gets to know the Huntleys who are now caring for his son, he realizes that he will need to befriend beautiful and compassionate Lorena in order to win his son's affection. Brogan soon succumbs to Lorena's innocent and loving charms and must make a choice when Lorena is abducted by an overzealous suitor. He must decide whether to chase down Lorena on her way to England or to make off with his son.

I loved everything about this book! Norato captured my attention from the start and made me long to know more about her characters. Brogan is an orphan who has always longed for someone to call his own. Lorena is a loyal and protective guardian who bakes to work through her troubled emotions. What will happen when both their secrets are revealed?

This book is definitely a buy and I will read it again!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
This book held my attention the whole time. Characters are easily followed. I love the lessons of the book and the biblical presence! Great read!
Published 8 days ago by Blueeyes
5.0 out of 5 stars love denied
lorena is a determined woman who wants the well being of drew. but when captain talvis came to the house, he . . . Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prize of my Heart
The year is 1815 and the war with Great Britain has recently ended. Now Brogan Talvis, former privateer for the United States Navy, is free to search for his son. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good story line. With A surprise that turned out well.
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This was a fun book, clean and interesting. Plot moved right along. Cozy read!
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I loved this book. It told one of the most compelling stories I have read in a long time. I also loved the hero who truly. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and enjoyable story
The author's style is very descriptive without being verbose, and so one get's a vivid image of the people and action, and I found that very enjoyable- better than tv as they say. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, well done message
I enjoyed this book with its message of God's love for all and His blessings freely given. Interesting story that was well written.
Published 4 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful,inspiring story.
It's refreshing to read a romantic novel that is pure and spiritual. A clean novel. I highly recommend to anyone.
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More About the Author

Lisa Norato writes both historical, Christian romance and sweet, humorous contemporary romance. She strives to spin stories rich in historical detail, full of atmosphere and with an aura of mystery. Lisa has received critical praise for her romantic fiction from reviewers such as Publishers Weekly, Booklist and RT Book Reviews. Her Sea Heroes of Duxbury series features seafaring historical novels of suspense and adventure set during New England's federal era. Lisa also enjoys exploring early American daily life with her fellow bloggers on the Colonial Quills blog.

A native Rhode Islander, she lives in a historical village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. Lisa finds inspiration in the quaintness of small town life, the changing New England seasons and living nearby by the sea.

For more about Lisa and her books, please visit her website at

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