Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato--- Review
From the back cover:
Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis’s later wife abandoned their son, leaving no clue as to the boy’s whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man’s daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts a loving guardian to the child.
Lorena, who hides a dark truth, finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who’s come to secure ownership of one of her father’s ships. She’s unaware of the Brogan’s own secret when another ‘s deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.
Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.
Will His Love Endure Once He Learns Her Secret?
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story. I thought it was full of adventure, humor, love, thoughtfulness, and anguish of conscience. There are lessons in love and forgiveness both of self and other others. I enjoyed reading of the relationship growing and being challenged between Brogan and Lorena, and between Brogan and his son. While at times the plot seemed far fetched (i.e. The use of vomit powder among other things), it did not detract from the story. In actuality it made for a quite enjoyable read.
Throughout the story there are also many applicable Biblical lessons that while interspersed in the story seem to fit without being preachy. For instance the story of David and Goliath in interspersed in how Drew (Benjamin) first perceives Brogan.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. The only flaw I found was that I was NOT able to put it down while reading it!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.