Deirdre MacKenzie may be a female but she prefers life in the rigging and sails of her father's Baltimore Clipper. Her love is the sea and at times sDeirdre MacKenzie may be a female but she prefers life in the rigging and sails of her father's Baltimore Clipper. Her love is the sea and at times she can be as unpredictable as the very seas she sails. Her father can no more tame Deidre than he can the roaring of the sea. The crew admires her tenacity and would give their very lives to protect her. Even though she disguises herself as a young boy not all are fooled by the disguise.
Kieran Ashford is not on good terms with his father and decides to purchase a ship when the War of 1812 explodes his world. Instead of going to America he becomes a British privateer. The first ship he comes upon is none other than the Baltimore clipper, which he takes over without a fight but the Captain succumbed to a natural death before Kieran and his men even boarded the clipper. He will have to take his prisoners to Dartmoor prison in England. There does seem to be a problem when he comes upon a sailor that is most definitely not a man but a beautiful young woman and the daughter of the deceased captain. He can not risk damaging her reputation so he must take steps to make sure she is protected, especially from his so called dark past.
I have not read a swashbuckler in a long time. This was fun, full of adventure, romance,deception and much more. I love Deirdre's character so high spirited and undoubtable tom boyish to the highest degree. She does not want to trust herself or Kieran if it means turning her back on her crew, they are her family first and foremost. You would think Kieran would be a scoundrel but in this story Deidre seems to hold that title very well. Makes me want to go sailing on a schooner but I will skip the pirates.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Waterfall Press/NetGalley for an honest review.I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion....more
Larkspur Linwood has dreams of becoming a teacher. Even though they are still suffering from the Great Depression she is able to go to college for herLarkspur Linwood has dreams of becoming a teacher. Even though they are still suffering from the Great Depression she is able to go to college for her teachers degree. Thanks to a wonderful couple she had a job at their store, along with a room to rent to help offset her expenses. She received funds from her sister for pay her college tuition. It looks like all was going well for her.
Larkspur catches the attention of her Professor due to her dedication and grades. He is handsome and
and has a way with words which creates new feelings in Larkspur beyond teacher student admiration.
He offers her and a couple of other women a chance of a lifetime adventure which would advance their teaching skills. This adventure will be taking them to Kenya, Africa to a missionary school under the tutelage of a Professor Schafer.
Schafer was highly overworked and sadly had a disease which was taking his eyesight. He was very kind and handsome but different than her Professor from the college. After finding her relationship with her college Professor was not reciprocated she felt naïve and became depressed then decided to return home to the disappointment of the Kenya Professor.
Professor Schafer ends up having to go to the States hoping he was leaving his Kenya school in capable hands. While he is in the States he decides with the help of a colleague to start a missionary school for the farmer's children whom were without schooling. He gets in touch with Larkspur in hopes of recruiting her as a teacher since she had not returned to college. Reluctantly she agrees to help.
Schafer and Larkspur slowly but surely to find a attraction and respect for each other. But Larkspur was as resistant as Schafer to feed into any romantic feelings due to her trust issues and his health issues.
Will they get past their issues in this Great Depression and the ever growing problem of bigotry among parents of potential students..
I loved this story remembering stories my mother and grandparents shared with me about their lives during the Great Depression. The names of the characters were right on for that era. When I was small I remember in the early 50's the attire my grandparents and great grandparents wore was still very similar to that worn during the Great Depression.
This author did an amazing job with this novel. I felt the hurt and the joy of the characters as I put myself in their place with in my minds eye as I read the book.
Thanks Myra Johnson!
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from Franciscan Media via NetGalley for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion....more
Mattie Schrock is always ready to move further westward to see the image she has created in her head as the her perfect destiny. Her father is movingMattie Schrock is always ready to move further westward to see the image she has created in her head as the her perfect destiny. Her father is moving the family to Indiana to meetup with other families with the desire to maintain their Amish faith. They will be with friends like Mattie's dearest friend from her youth Jacob Yoder.After joining Mattie's family and friends Jacob wishes more for him and Mattie which leads to a pledge she makes to not leave her family and Jacob. But the pull is so strong to leave, especially after meeting a handsome sweet talking Englisher. Can Mattie keep her pledge?I found Mattie to be very naïve of man. In her case she needed to step back and look at the full picture but she was blinded by scenery. Thanks goodness for Godly men and their built in protectiveness of their family and friends. God is the main character for these young people he knows the path they are to follow but Mattie was not always listening or chose to ignore HIM.The story was not without hardship or adventure on their trek westward.I highly recommend this book.I rated this book 5 out of 5.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Revell/Netgalley for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion....more