Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.

Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.
My Review: 4 Stars

"When one door closes, another will open." And sometimes that other door is better than the first. Lydia was supposed to get engaged, but doesn't when a terrible accident occurs.

Lydia isn't one to dwell on her unfortunate mishap for too long and tries so hard to make the best of her circumstances. Jacob is a busy, secretive man with inner scars. It's enjoyable to watch these two forge their ways through the danger of war-time situations, while settling into new territory.

This book is well researched and shows the hardships that were possible realities for some during the War of 1812. I could feel the ominous danger lurking in the intensity of the setting. Life didn't come easily to these characters, but good things always come after hard struggles, right? My personal preference is for a balance of story and romance and I felt this one was slightly tipped towards the war/story.

I always enjoy a book that can whisk me away to another time and place, especially when I can learn something along the way.

Content: mild violence; mild romance

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