Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato



Today, CFBA is introducing Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day anothers evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.

MY THOUGHTS:
I haven't read too many seaside colonial novels, but I always have a hard time turning
down the opportunity to read a new author.

Prize of My Heart got off to an entertaining start when a little boy feels the need to be the brave protector of his mother-figure Lorena. Norato created characters that were believable and real. It was easy to empathize with Brogan's plight, and Lorena seemed sweet, yet honest and strong.

Although parts of the story were a bit predictable and I thought I knew Lorena's 'secret,' I didn't really know the whole truth. Lorena also seemed to be a great cook -- as I'm a 'cooking'bookworm, I would have loved for Lisa to share a few of those recipes she mentioned (like Lorena's favorite Yankee casserole) at the end of the book! I love when authors do that!

All in all, Prize of My Heart, with its romance and storms at sea, is a light and sweet read.

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
Prize of My Heart

Thank you to Lisa and Bethany House, through CFBA, for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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