I have to admit, this book was right in my sweet spot. It is the kind of book I just love to read and then wallow in for a little while after I’ve read it. It was so romantic. <sigh>
William and Amelia were the perfect characters. William may have come off a bit nasty at first, but that’s because he was judging without knowing based on the little information he had. Shame on him. He quickly realizes the error of his ways though and goes about redeeming himself. He is the captain of a ship and a respected one at that. He is noble, gentlemanly and may just have a bit of hero in him.
Amelia is independent and strong but very feminine and sweet as well. You cannot help but love her. I love the way she cares about people and shows them that through her words and her actions. Don’t underestimate the heroine qualities in Amelia. She just might surprise you!
The whole voyage on the ship was so enjoyable to read about. Amelia is so sick at first and one of her first interactions with Captain William ends up with the contents of Amelia’s stomach on William’s feet. Ha ha! This year I went on my first cruise and one night the boat started rocking and I spent the whole night hugging the toilet. Amelia recovered in a couple days but I’m pretty sure I would have been one of those people who would have been sick the whole time!!
The developing relationship between Amelia and William is endearing and sweet. And the ending is swoon worthy, for sure. Think hero man swooping in (maybe literally) to get his woman. It was the perfect ending to a fantastic romantic book. Yay! I just love a good, clean romance.
This is an author I will be watching. I hope her next book comes out soon!!
Enjoy the following excerpt. I hope it leaves you wanting to read this book!
He finally stopped and pulled his chair closer to her, raising her chin. “Amelia. I cannot begin to thank you for what you did. It was brave and brilliant, and it terrifies me to think that you put your life at risk for—”
“For my shipmates, Captain.” She kept her eyes lowered.
“I would never have forgiven myself if anything had happened to you.” He wiped the tears from her cheeks with his thumb.
“I would never have forgiven myself if I had not tried. These men, this ship, it has become . . . I care for them, William, for all of you.”
He raised her chin even higher, so that she was forced to lift her gaze his face. He stared at her for a moment. Then his eyes dropped to her lips, and Amelia’s pulse began to race. Would he kiss her again? They sat, frozen for a heartbeat, and then William stood, stealing with him all of the warmth in the room.
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