About the book:
Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle?
When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.
I liked this story with a wonderful hero! Rourke O'Malley was definitely my favorite character, a man of integrity and dashing good looks. He also had an interesting job of a wrecker, which was fascinating to learn more about. I also liked learning more about the Keys. I liked Elizabeth at first and thought she was going to be a strong, independent character, but she disappointed me for most of the book. I grew more and more frustrated with her, especially as she let her aunt influence how she treated people. She also seemed very emotional and weak, though she was mourning her mother, so I tried to take that into account. There were a few decisions she and Rourke made that I thought didn't make much sense or that they could have figured out an alternative for. There's a little bit of romance, but I felt like I was entering the story late and had missed a lot of it. There wasn't much to their relationship. I liked the mystery she discovered when she read her mother's diary, though I thought it was obvious what the truth was. I thought her struggle with God and forgiveness was done well. That was one of my favorite scenes. You might like it if you like historical fiction.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.