Sunday, July 20, 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer


Book Description: When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

My Review:Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Full Steam Ahead is set on the Texas coast in 1851. Nicole Renard is the only child of the owner of Renard Shipping. She is willing to do just about anything to make her father proud and give him an heir. He never had a son so she tried to be one of the guys in order to please him. Darius Thornton is obsessed with making steamboats safer; it is his life’s goal. Nicole’s life runs amuck as she searches for the perfect heir for her father and tries to protect the Lafitte Dagger. Daruis life is full of hurt and regret but Nicole adds the right touch of sass to his life to get his attention.
I found Full Steam Ahead to be a great book. The characters are full of life, funny and inspiring. Karen Witemeyer did a great job of giving life to the characters. They were highly developed and authentic. I found this book to be entertaining and amazing. I don’t read many historical fiction books but the cover caught my attention, I am so glad I picked this book. The history of the steamboat was fascinating and factual. I give Full Steam Ahead 5 stars and highly recommend it.
I want to give a high-five to the author Karen Witemeyer and publisher Bethany House for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.