Suffering from a cruel heartbreak, Lord Philip Hamilton has been driven to seek refuge from the painful memories haunting London, and his father’s Jamaican sugar cane plantation provides just the escape he needs. Philip finds solace in his hard work and takes comfort in the fact that his distance from society ensures that his heart will be protected from future entanglements. Protected, that is, until the unexpected appearance of a mysterious woman with no memory of her past. The only clue to her identity is a necklace inscribed with a name: Anna. In a matter of weeks, this gentle, intelligent, and impossibly beautiful stranger turns Philip’s world upside down. But as the bond between the pair grows, the threat of Philip losing his heart once more is only the beginning of the dangers that await. Island renegades and a ruthless band of pirates clash in a swashbuckling battle, and it soon becomes clear that these villains may be the key to unlocking Anna’s past . . .
My happy dance comes out in full force whenever I get to read a new book by Jennifer Moore. There is always something more to her books that pull on your heartstrings. In this book, it's slavery. And boy, is it heart wrenching. I'll never understand how we as people can be so cruel to each other. Jennifer mentions in her afterwords how difficult it was to write about the slavery. I can only imagine how hard that was because it was hard to simply read about it.
I loved how this book progressed. Lord Philip goes from arrogant and full of himself to generous and kind. His hard work earns respect. I'm sure glad that happened because in the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like Philip! By the end I loved him. I love how he loved Anna.
Anna is intelligent, gentle and kind. She is self motivated and capable. I fell in love with her from the very beginning. We get to know Anna in the first bit and when she loses her memory, thankfully, we don't lose ours. I liked knowing about Anna so that when she has flashes of memory, I know exactly what she is remembering. So often as a reader, we are clueless as to what is really happening because the story unfolds slowly. It is sometimes frustrating to be left in the dark. This book made me feel empowered. I knew things the character didn't. :) That seems so petty but it's true.
I loved the setting in Jamaica. It's someplace I'd love to go someday.
All in all, I loved this book. It was fantastic. :)
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