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 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 man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform 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 you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.
Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Learn more at www.christineelizabethjohnson.com.
Review by Blanche Mancuso
This is the first time that I have discovered and read anything by this author. After reading this book I can tell you that it will not be the last time that I read a book by this author. Author, Christine Johnson writes an exciting, romantic story of the sea in beautiful Charleston and Key West. I loved these locations that the story took place in. This story held my interest from the very first page until the very last page. The way the author just brought such life to the characters and the story is what I loved the most about this book. The way the author depicted early America was great. This was a thrilling story of adventure, love, family, and devotion to God.
Elizabeth is a strong woman in both life and her devotion to God and family. Elizabeth grew strong and strong as the story progressed. The romance in this story was sweet but added to the story instead of taking away from it. Because I enjoyed the story and characters so much this was a easy, quick read for me.