Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Fortune' Horizon - Book Blog Blitz Day!
She risks everything to deliver gold to the Confederacy.
Lillie Coulbourne marks time in Paris while the Civil War rages back home. While translating dispatches from the Confederacy for the French Finance Ministry, she accepts a spy mission through the Union blockade. When the captain of the only blockade runner headed back to a Southern port won’t deal with women, or spies, she sneaks aboard as his cabin boy.
He refuses to risk his ship, or his heart.
Blockade runner Captain Jack Roberts has never been caught and he’s not about to let a spoiled American heiress ruin his perfect record. After he discovers her deception, he fails miserably at keeping her at arm’s length and vows to send her packing on the first mail ship back to England.
When she surprises him with her skill as a seaman and navigator, he grudgingly allows her to finish the run. But ultimately, he has to choose what is closer to his heart – Lillie or his ship.
This book was a contradiction for me. There were many aspects I applauded but a major one (at least for me) that I was disappointed in.
I love historical fiction when there is a romantic twist and there is a sea-twist to it. And to have these characters based off of real life people, was just amazing. Really it was. I particularly liked that real life connection. For what ever reason, in my mind, I felt that it made it even more realistic even if they properly were a bit embellished.
But the romance. Umm, I am still waiting to be hit by their connection. I truly did not feel it at all. And in my opinion, there is really nothing more frustrating when you are settling in for a historical fiction/romance, then no romance.
Overall, I would give this one 3 out of 5 stars.
Daddy was a trucker, Momma was an artist, and I'm a scribbler. The stories just spilled out—the pony escaped, the window magically shattered. Not my fault.
Twenty years as a journalist couldn't stifle the yarns. Yacht delivery up and down the Caribbean only increased the flow. Now those tales celebrate romance on the high seas.
I am a professional captain living in the Rocky Mountains, just about 15 minutes from the Continental Divide. I spent the last 12 summers teaching sailing on awesome Lake Dillon at 9,017 feet in Summit County, Colorado. I also captained tours for my business, Sails in the Sunset.
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