About the book: Having seen both his sisters Grace and Helen happily married, Christopher Thatcher is free to pursue his dream of life in America. With adventure in his heart and mind, he boards one of the first steamships set to cross the Atlantic in the record breaking time of only twenty-five days. Within the first two of those, his resolve—to avoid women and the complications they often bring to a man’s life—falters when he meets Marsali Abbott, a young woman with a past even more troubling than his own. Whether from years of habit protecting his sisters, or simply because he feels drawn to Marsali, Christopher chooses to help her and becomes her friend. As the truth about what awaits Marsali in America becomes evident, he is faced with a more difficult choice, one that will impact their lives far beyond four weeks together at sea.
My review: I've really loved the characters and the stories in these Hearthfire Romance books. Michele Paige Holmes does a great job writing characters you can believe and her romantic situations are great too!
I love Marsali's character in this book. She has been through a lot of rough events and still acts like a lady, even though her close family tries to tell her that she's a servant and not worth anything. She's trying to sail to America to make a better life for herself and to be able to see her older sister. But in order to have money to do that, she's had to place herself in bondage, a life not much different than the one that she's been living with her aunt and uncle in England the last few years. She is a strong young woman willing to work hard to get what she wants.
Christopher...I'm so glad to be able to read a story about Christopher! In the first two books in this series, he's kind of behind the scenes. I love that he is a true gentleman who is willing to follow his heart. I loved him through this whole book. I truly wanted him to get his happy ending.
The story in this one is great, it's historically accurate and I love that I was able to learn a little bit about the kinds of ships they would have sailed between England and America in this book. I love the way that Michele Paige Holmes writes a romance, she is good at making it romantic, but still fit within what the bounds of being proper back then would have been. I'm hoping that there are still more characters that she can write more Hearthfire Romances about, maybe Charlotte needs her own book next???
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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