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In the opening we meet two souls set adrift--one by chance (Rachel) and one by choice (Jonathon). Both have to find the the core of themselves before being able to live again. And, I assure you, that journey and is as satisfying to the reader as it is to the characters.
I think fans of Laura Kinsale (like me!) will be drawn to this author, because she brings life and meaning to every moment of the story.
As most of my review readers know, I am not much of a historical reader anymore (20 years ago, I devoured them like candy). Honestly they just tend not to capture my attention anymore, but every once in a while I have a book recommended to me and I will give it a try. This was one of those books and I absolutely LOVED the book.
This is a stunning book. It begins with a TON of adventure and suspense as a boat's captain, Jonathon Lecky finds and rescues two survivors from a shipwreck. First, the blind but handsome and kind, Marquess Rossum and second, the adventurer and granddaughter of a famous privateer, Rachel Cavanagh. The book then follows over two years as Rachel discovers the self she's meant to be and the two men who love her.
The book is beautifully written and I loved the underlying message about making your own decisions in life. Rachel is a heroine finding her way to that. The Marquess is a man trapped by his place in life. And Jonathon is the one who made his own way years ago and is dealing with the repercussions of those decisions.
There is tons of action and adventure and I loved all three characters, although I desperately wanted so much more for Rossum...man, I really loved him and his perseverance and honesty throughout the book. I loved how much he loved Rachel and NEED for him to find an HEA. Maybe the author has plans for him later. And Rachel made for a great heroine. She knows what she wants in life, but just hasn't matured enough to be willing to stand up for herself about those things. I loved that Jonathon pushed her and helped to make her stronger. He could see her unspoken needs. And then there's Jonathan...a truly swashbuckling hero. His backstory, when it eventually all comes out, was perfect and made me love him even more.
Every moment I spent reading this book was a good one and I'm so happy that I got to read it. The love for ship-building and the sea permeated the pages and the author created beautiful, evocative scenery that made the reading of it a pure pleasure.