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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
Wow. This was my first book by Fran McNabb and I was IMPRESSED to say the least. When I bought it there were no reviews but the synopsis sounded like my cup of tea.

The book opens with a shipwreck. An emotional tug of war follows: on one side we have the ship owner's daughter. She is both attracted and yet repelled by the wrecker who saves her life and yet profits from her loss.
On the other side, the wrecker is torn by the connection he feels for this unusual, stubborn woman and guilt over his dead wife's memory.
Added to the cast of characters is a disapproving father, a suspicious housekeeper and a happy go lucky orphan boy who I guarantee will pull at your heartstrings til they snap.

Ms McNabb paints a vivid portrait of the Florida keys. I've never been but I feel as though I have. In few, well chosen words she palces the reader right in the midst of every storm and mist shrouded morning. From the first page I was immersed in her story telling. Well done!

Why only 4 stars? Its difficult to say...
There was a lot of time spent agonizing over "do I love him? Do I hate him?" ..." I love her. I cant have her..I failed my wife" etc and I did get a little frustrated with them, wanting to knock both their heads together at times. But for the most part I thought their interaction was realistic. They disappointed each other, said the wrong things, got mad, and stomped out..but that added to the dramatic tension and made the characters believable.

I also would have liked a few more twists and turns; a bit more excitement. However, I did make myself slow down and savor this book over several days (I normally devour a book in one long bug eyed evening) and enjoyed every minute. So a good story doesn't HAVE to make you hold your breath; its not a hard and fast rule. But it's a good rule. :)

The writing was clean and would cause no offense to the most conservative of readers. No sex. No violence.

I bought Ms McNabb's other book "on the crest of a wave" and am already engrossed in it. Keep writing, Fran!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
This book was amazing , I didn't want to stop reading this. I loved the setting , the characters , and how the author did a great job capturing everything ! I wish there was a second book to this one !!!!!!!!! 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
Fran McNabb has delivered another wonderful book! You will love all the characters and how their personal stories intertwine and come together for another awesome read. Her writing is appealing to all who love to read for relaxation. Can't wait for her next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
This was a mature romance-more of a love story really. I read it in 2 sittings. Some danger, great characters, not all likeable. I would definitely recommend this book. I know I'm going to read more of Fran McNabb' s works for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
It is often hard to find historical romance in the America's and this fits that bill. While not a surprise while reading, the writing was well done. I would read another novel by the same author. I felt this was very believable and enjoyed the story very much. The emotional aspects that the characters faced were realistic and tugged at the heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2013
This was a very interesting book. The author had a way of writing that pulled you into whatever twists and turns she threw in. I enjoyed this book very much. The author also had a way of pulling at your emotions through this book. I also was born and raised ib Florida so I am familiar with Key West and I have often wondered what it might have been like in the past? If you have felt that way about a place in time then this book was written for you. I really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
Very nice story..nice setting in their keys...wish I was there...quick story.....well look up authors other books on Amazon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
Did not get beyond the second chapter - written as simplistically as my seventh grade students write! Stilted conversations taking the reader through day-to-day ordinary existence failed to ignite my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
This book was very well written. However, I did not care for the extended descriptions of every single thing! This is a very sweet book, with no sex and barely a kiss between the couple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
Character development, where it exists at all, is weak. Virginia has an unshakable dislike for the wrecker, Captain Slater, but the respect she later shows for him just seems to happen without a real bridge to show how her attitude evolves. There is no transition from dislike to love; she merely leaps. Her father's prejudice against the Captain is also not developed. The Captain's tortured guilt over the deaths of his daughter and wife seem nothing less than self-indulgent. As for the housekeeper, her early dislike for Virginia seems to have no basis and her subsequent motherly attitude makes no sense. But then, neither does her "whirlwind" romance with Mr. Ames. Oh, and this writer, who once taught English, made several embarrassing grammatical errors. This whole book reads like a romance for young readers--and a not very good one, at that.
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