Sometimes that price is too high.
The publisher’s blurb:
When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father’s ship and caused his untimely death.
When Catherine finally arrives at her family’s plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything?
What I thought of the book:
If you are looking for a book to toss in your beach bag or to read at the pool, this one would fit the bill. This is the third in the “Keys of Promise” series, but is definitely a stand-alone book. Easy to read; easy to put down and pick up again.
The storyline was an interesting one. If she decides to remain in England, Catherine will be forced to marry a man she cares little about. If she leaves to go in search of her mother’s family in New Orleans – who don’t even know she exists, by the way – she will be giving up all security in England and be embarking on her travels with very little money. She will be forced to throw herself on the familial mercy of her unknown relatives. One of the things I noticed was a few other reviewers saw Catherine as selfish and unthinking. I hate to say it, but I agree. She plows on ahead with what she is convinced is right, not heeding the danger she puts others in, even when it could result in others’ deaths. There were a few times I wanted to reach into the pages and snatch her by her red bouncy curls and shake some sense into that child!
As for the “bad guys”, they were rather comicbook-ish to me. Personally, I was waiting for the plantation manager to begin twirling his mustache with a shout of “You MUST pay the rent!” He was a really good character, but given to speaking some corny lines, and pointing out the plainly obvious. He actually had this shady powerfulness to him that would have been enticingly attractive in another story.
Even with this, it was a pretty good book, and one I think should be chosen for one of your summer reads.
**I was sent this copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**